Team rider Justin Morris whom also lives with Type 1 diabetes reports on racing the UCI XCM World Championship from the perspective of last place on the starting grid.
Ferrand-Prevot and Paez win 2019 XCM World Championships
The 2019 UCI XCM World Championships started on a clear and crisp day in Graechen, Switzerland. Sitting in the canton of Valais, the area is known for wine, the Matterhorn, being the driest canton – and it should certainly be known for mountain biking. With men taking on a 91km race with about 3800m, the […]
Thoughts and Sensations of competing at a World Title
Close to 300 men and women will compete at the MTB marathon elite world championship this weekend here in Grachen, Switzerland. Some will be vying for the honour of spending the next 12months in the coveted rainbow jersey, a widely respected prize throughout the world of cycling. Others will be lining for the sheer experience […]
The Pros and Cons of Training on a Home Trainer for MTB Racing
With winter in full swing in the Southern Hemisphere and the bitter months not far awaiting those in the North, the use of the home trainer for cycling activity normally does or starts to consume more of our cycling time. This can be daunting for some whilst others relish the opportunity to get their training […]
Australian XCM World Championships Team for 2019 announced
Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) have just released the complete team list for the 2019 UCI Cross Country Marathon (XCM) World Championships, which will be taking place in Graechen, in the Valais canton in Switzerland. The team will be made up of five riders in 2019, including two members of the MarathonMTB.com Team. Elite MenJustin MorrisSebastian […]
Who can win the 2017 XCM World Championships in Singen?
This weekend presents a tough challenge. Not only will the world’s best marathon mountain bike racers tackle the XCM World Championships, but perhaps the fight for the rainbow jerseys at the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships have never been so difficult to predict. Amongst the 188 registered men are ten or more real candidates to grab […]
Imogen Smith’s XCM World Championships
Whenever I chat to bike racers who are ready to step away from competition there’s always one aspect of racing that has particularly turned them off the lifestyle. It’s not the sacrifices, the diet, or the training. It’s not the nerves, the uncertainty, or the agony of racing… Nope, it’s the waiting. Days spent in […]
Preparing for the XCM World Championships
I had intended to write about the lead-up to World Champs each week for a month beforehand, but life has got in the way of that plan. I’ve had a pretty eventful fortnight or so now, with Worlds just a week-and-a-half away, I’m afraid I’m going to have to squeeze it all in to a […]
Rachel Fenton’s analysis of XCM Worlds
Anyone who follows me, or MarathonMTB on social media will be aware that my World Marathon Championships didn’t exactly go to plan. Around 30km into the 60km race my rear wheel bearings randomly failed. The second descent was pretty hair raising anyway and with my wobbling wheel I felt really unstable on the bike. I […]
Who can win the 2015 XCM World Championships?
The start lists for the 2015 XCM World Championships are out. The racing is barely 24 hours away. The climbs are big, the air is thing, and the Val Gardena is starting to throb with the low resting heart rates of some supremely fit individuals. For 2015, the UCI Cross Country Marathon (XCM) Mountain Bike World […]