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Olympic MTB: transferrable skills?

25 May 2016 23:31

Cyclo-cross seems unlikely to make it as an Olympic sport in the foreseeable future, but MTB cross country is in.

On the face of it, the skillsets for the two sports look similar, so has there ever been a concerted effort to cross over from one event to the other? If Van der Poel were to have put his mind to it since the end of the CX season, could he have been a contender?
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Re: Olympic MTB: transferrable skills?

08 Jun 2016 17:40

Armchair cyclist wrote:Cyclo-cross seems unlikely to make it as an Olympic sport in the foreseeable future, but MTB cross country is in.

On the face of it, the skillsets for the two sports look similar, so has there ever been a concerted effort to cross over from one event to the other? If Van der Poel were to have put his mind to it since the end of the CX season, could he have been a contender?

vdP tried, but didn't find the front of a big race. His early results looked good, but he was flying from CX and the dirt guys were just building. I wish that he would have stuck it out a bit longer. Frischknecht had by far the best results in both disciplines (and that was when XC was 2+ hours).
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Re: Olympic MTB: transferrable skills?

22 Aug 2016 19:53

Armchair cyclist wrote:Cyclo-cross seems unlikely to make it as an Olympic sport in the foreseeable future, but MTB cross country is in.

On the face of it, the skillsets for the two sports look similar, so has there ever been a concerted effort to cross over from one event to the other? If Van der Poel were to have put his mind to it since the end of the CX season, could he have been a contender?


Here in Colorado riders (including some top international CX riders) ride both MTB in the summer and CX in the winter.
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