21 September 2021
The 2021 World Cup season came to a close on Sunday with the XCO race in Snowshoe, West Virginia, USA. Linda Indergand placed seventh in the final race, finishing her first season with Liv Factory Racing in sixth overall.
Linda Indergand burst onto the World Cup scene at the first short track race in Albstadt, Germany back in May, finishing second after leading the majority of the race. She backed up that finish two days later with a strong seventh place finish in the first XCO race of the year. In each race since, Indergand cemented her place among the top women in the sport with consistent top-10 finishes, powerful whole-shot sprints, and impeccable technical riding aboard the Pique Advanced Pro 29.
As she intended, Indergand’s form peaked at the Tokyo Olympics, where she secured a bronze medal as part of the podium sweep for Switzerland. A month later, she narrowly missed out on another bronze medal at World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, finishing fourth in the first-ever short track championship race and 12th in the XCO. Indergand wrapped her season over the weekend with two strong finishes in XCC and XCO – fourth and seventh, respectively – to finish sixth overall in the World Cup series.
“I was really surprised with the improvement I had over winter, and I surprised myself with the second place in Albstadt in the short track,” said Indergand. “Overall, my season was consistently good, so joining Liv Factory was perfect for me and I’ve really liked being on the team. I want to say a big ‘thank you’ for all the work the team put in this year. Now I know what to work on for the next season.”
Liv Racing Collective athlete Sandra Walter also wrapped up her World Cup season on Sunday, finishing 27th overall. Walter was able to consistently improve over the course of the season, culminating with her best XCO finish of the year, 17th in Snowshoe.
Although World Cup racing has ended, the season isn’t quite over. Walter will compete for the Canadian XC National Championship title this weekend in Baie-St-Paul, Quebec while Indergand travels back home to race the PROFFIX Swiss Bike Cup in Lugano, Switzerland.