Thursday, June 8, 2023
Ronja Blöchlinger took the victory at the U23 XCC in Lenzerheide with an impressive finish and retains her overall position and leader's jersey.
Liv Factory Racing athlete Ronja Blochlinger dominated the U23 Cross-country Short Track XCC in Lenzerheide today in the second round of the UCI MTB World Cup. After a strong start ahead of the pack, the Swiss rider took control of the race and crossed the finish line with a smile and an 11-second lead.
About halfway through the race, Blöchlinger closely trailed Sofie Pedersen, just after a loose corner Blöchlinger took the chance to attack out ahead and create a gap, propelling herself out front to ride the final laps completely unrivaled. "I did not plan to attack with still four laps till the finish, but I felt Ginia on my wheel behind me and noticed Sofie ahead of me slip slightly on a corner - I took the chance to get ahead and it worked!" Blöchlinger exclaimed after the race. "It felt cool to ride the final laps by myself, I really enjoyed racing this track and very happy with my result."
After making history in Nové Město last month as the first-ever winner of the newly added U23 XCC category, Blochlinger will continue to showcase her leader's jersey as she competes for this season's top position.
The U23 action continues in Lenzerheide with XCO on Sunday and you can tune into the action with a free livestream HERE.