Watch Live: U23 Women’s XC Racing at the 2024 Mairiporã XC World Cup

Watch Live: U23 Women’s XC Racing at the 2024 Mairiporã XC World Cup

The only other time I watched XC racing was during the women’s race in the Rio Olympics. I found the course to be much more exciting back then. However, this current course seems to be a bit lackluster. Part of it takes place on a road, and the rest feels almost the same except for a few mild rock drops.

I don’t believe I have lost touch with mountain biking. However, I do worry that non-mountain bikers watching this race might mistakenly believe that this is all there is to the sport. It may not be very appealing for them to pick it up. On the other hand, there are probably individuals who never ride their mountain bikes on dirt yet still consider themselves mountain bikers.

I don’t mean to belittle the urban downhill mountain bike races. Each form of the sport has its own challenges and appeals to different types of riders.

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