The Austrian round of the Mountain Bike World Cup takes place this weekend in Schladming, Austria.
The first riders to be crowned take part in the 4X competition tonight [Friday 12th] – an event newcomer and surprise package Rafa Alvarez has dominated this year, taking over from the more familiar names of Lopes (now retired), Graves and Prokop (both decided to concentrate on the Olympic BMX discipline). However, World Champion Alvarez will have to put on one more performance to ensure the title is his as Guido Tschugg sits perilously close in second.
The women’s events have been more clear cut with perennial favourite Anneke Beerten all but grasping the trophy. Melissa Buhl produced an upset at the Worlds and as the rainbow jersey will always be one to watch, as will Jana Horakova.
To read the rest of the Mountain Bike World Cup preview, and for full results see the racing page.
To watch all the live action, check out the video player below: