Isabella Holmgren and Riley Amos kickoff Nové Město with big wins

Madigan Munro took third to give Trek a trio of podiums to start Round 3 of the XC MTB World Cup

Isabella Holmgren and Riley Amos can both claim a perfect XC MTB World Cup racing season so far.

Holmgren, a 19-year-old first year rider with Lidl-Trek, decided to pick up a Supercaliber in the midst of her road season, and put on an impressive display, winning Friday’s women’s U23 short track race by nine seconds. Her offroad prowess should come as no surprise — she was the junior world champion in both cyclocross and XCO in 2023 — but her performance was impressive nonetheless, given that she was taking on some riders who are three years older than her.

Riley Amos popping champagne atop the top step of a World Cup podium for the fifth time this season.

Madigan Munro battled back from a fall to take her second World Cup podium this season.

Holmgren put in a big attack on the sixth of seven laps, separating herself from her competitors for good. 

“It was super fun. I’m really happy to be back on a mountain bike,” Holmgren said after the race. “It was pretty muddy but it wasn’t raining during the race, which was nice. I just went really hard.” 

Amos’ men’s U23 short track win continued an impressive streak. He is now a perfect 5-for-5, winning all five of his short track and Olympic-distance World Cup starts thus far this season. As always, the field was fierce. He was in a tight pack of riders throughout the race, and only pulled away on the last lap to win by one second over second-place Dario Lillo.

A Trek cheers atop the U23 women's podium.

No one is having more fun than Riley.

Eight riders finished within five seconds of Amos, including Trek Future Racing’s Bjorn Riley, who took sixth at three seconds back.

Madigan Munro completed Trek’s trio of podium performances, taking third in the U23 women’s race by 10 seconds behind Holmgren. She also found herself in a tight battle, with seven riders all finishing within three seconds of second-place Ella Maclean-Howell. Munro came back from a fall on the second lap, after getting bunched and taken down on a slippery course.

Munro continues to put herself near the top of the U23 women’s field. She now has two World Cup podiums this season, and has yet to finish lower than sixth in any of her starts.

Road or roots: Isabella can do it all.

Riley is a blur.

“Pretty amazing day for Trek today,” Amos said after his race. “It was crazy conditions. It rained all morning, so it was super muddy out there. Maddie had a rough start, but had an amazing ride and came back for third. And I got my fifth win of the season, so I can’t complain. Let’s keep it rolling!”

All three riders, plus the whole Trek Future Racing squad, will be back in action for XCO racing Saturday. Click here for more information on when and how to watch. Don’t miss your chance to see the future of cycling throw down on an iconic course.