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Defending champion ready for South Africa UCI Mountain Bike World Cup stop.
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns this weekend with the cross-country riders tackling a new course in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Five-time World Cup cross-country winner Nico Schurter was the dominant force in 2017, winning every race en route to a perfect season and convincing title win.
Despite the 4.4km Coetzenberg track being new to the circuit, the Swiss rider, 31, is no stranger to it as he has trained there in his off-season for the last 10 years. Here is what he had to say ahead of the season opener on Saturday March 10:
1. What are your thoughts on the first stop in Stellenbosch, South Africa?
“It’s a place I love to train and race and I have second home here. I look forward to getting the season started and racing tomorrow.”
2. What is your outlook for the 2018 season?
“I love every single race for 2018 and really like the challenge and competition. I will take it race by race and enjoy each of them.”
3. On the addition to Cross-country Short Track (XCC) as a new discipline in 2018?
“I think it’s great to have another race on the weekend. Expect to see lots of new winners with exciting racing with lots of sprints and technical aspects as it is very important to be on the front rows for the start of the XCC.”
4. Who are your three riders to watch in 2018?
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