Nicole Göldi will wear rainbow stripes for a second straight year
Nicole Göldi is now a two-time E-MTB cross country World Champion at just 19 years old.
On Friday, she took an early lead and never let go, gradually increasing her gap over the field at every time check. Göldi won by 1:15 over second-place Justine Tonso from France, and 1:25 over fellow Swiss and Trek rider Nathalie Schneitter, who took third.
“It was a really nice race on a very technical track; I loved it,” Göldi said after the race. “I just tried to ride my pace and ride clean with no mistakes because it‘s really important at an e-bike race to stay smooth. It worked pretty well!”
Last year, Göldi shocked the field to win the rainbow jersey in a tight race — second-place Laura Charles was just 13 seconds back. This year, she was a favorite to win. Not only was she the defending champion, but she also performed well on the inaugural E-Bike World Tour, winning in Flachau and taking second in Tignes.
With a target on her back, Göldi rose to the challenge.
“For me this jersey is even more important than the one from last year because it’s not that easy to confirm a title,” Göldi said. “There is always a lot of pressure from yourself and from everyone around you. So I’m just super happy.”
Göldi got to share the podium with Schneitter, which made the victory extra sweet. Schneitter, 36, won the inaugural e-bike World Championship in 2019, and has mentored Göldi during the early stages of her career.
“Nathalie deserves it so much,” Göldi said. “She did a lot for me this year and I learned a lot from her. She is like my e-bike mum. It was a very special moment for us.”
Göldi won the race on a Trek Rail equipped with a Bosch eBike Systems motor, giving her the responsiveness and dependability to win at the highest level of the sport. E-bike racing is an exciting and burgeoning discipline, and you can expect to see Göldi at the pointy end for years to come.