N1NO couldn’t ask for a better start to the World Cup season.
25 April 2016
2016年4月24日在澳洲展開了今年第一場的UCI MTB 世界盃XC賽事，SCOTT的超級戰神--四屆世界冠軍Nino Schurter(尼諾‧修特)與他的SCOTT SPARK RC再度在這場比賽迎戰宿敵Julien Absalon(朱立安‧阿布薩隆)，雖然現場機械意外狀況不斷，但是兩人伯仲之間的拼鬥，依舊是全球車迷們最關注的焦點。
25 April 2016 | N1NO couldn’t ask for a better start to the World Cup season.
N1NO’s winning streak has continued into the 2016/2017 World Cup Season- his method hasn’t changed. This means getting out of the start block like a missile, putting his contenders on the defensive early on, controlling the race and than increasing the pace in the last few laps. It sounds pretty simple, but this takes an athlete in top shape. And in top shape Nino certainly was. To his fortune, his biggest rival, Julien Absalon, flatted in lap one and seemed to be out of contention. But the man with the most World Cup wins fought his way back into the race in a way only a great champion can do.
This doesn’t mean there was no competition aside from Absalon. Swiss rider Mathias Flückiger challenged the World Champion not only on the climbs, but also put the pressure on Nino on the long descent by taking a lot of risk. The track was very well built and had some tricky sections in it that caused a lot of flat tires. Absalon was by far not the only one slowed down by a mechanical. Aussie Dan McConnell dropped out the lead group with a flat. French Maxime Marotte stayed with the Swiss Schurter/Flückiger train for 2/3 of the race. After that he lost contact, but never was far behind the leaders riding in 3rd place.
The happy winner confessed: “On a course like this luck has to be on your side. And today it definitely was on my side. This win is not only a great way to start the World Cup season, it also makes me hungry for more when we come back for World Championships next year.”