World Cup Nove Mesto report

Cross Country team takes on second World Cup

Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic is one of the most iconic World Cup stops. A totally unique course with some of the most demanding rock features riders will see all year, where a mistake can do more than take you out of contention for a good result. The team knows the course well, and came in keen to find the top step of the podium.

All photography from Ross Bell and Matt Delorme.

Ellen Noble and team enjoyed a quiet stadium for their practice rides. Race day, would see a different scene.

Anton took care of hosting the Red Bull course preview

Ellen Noble out on course

Jolanda checking out a course that she knows well

Plenty of options on the table this weekend, first up was the Short Track on Friday

Focus is key for a violent event like the short track

It would be 24th for Emily on the day

A third for Jolanda in the short track

Anton had a strong ride with ninth.

Saturday saw the return of Evie Richards, coming back from a knee injury. No pressure for her as she works to make her comeback.

12th on the day for Evie, who is already ahead of schedule with her physical recovery.

Sunday came quick, and it just like that, it's time to race.

Action started fast, and Jolanda would find herself at the front of affairs.

Emily had a tough day, and would eventually finish 38th.

Ellen also had a tough day, coming across the line in 61st.

Jolanda would fade slightly, coming across the line with a top-ten.

The best finisher for the womens squad was Jolanda, coming in at eighth.

I gave it my all today but my shape is simply still in the making, my result last week in Albstadt was honestly a surprise given where I am right now. A flat tire in the last lap didn't help and I lost several places, eventually finishing in 8th place. An unforgiving track with the most fantastic crowds still made for an electric race. Looking forward to Andorra, and reuniting with the new team that I have really enjoyed being with over the past ten days.

Next up was Anton!

Anton had a strong race, eventually coming in at 16th.

I had a terrible start loop and just felt like my legs took 5 mins to wake up but after that I actually felt quite strong. I fought my way back through the field and halfway through the race I'd made my way into the group from 16th-20th and not too far off the top-10. Unfortunately I had a stupid crash while in that group, and lost a bit of time and my rhythm. I spent the next lap and a half chasing back before a lap with the group and then the final lap was all out to the line, eventually finishing as the lead rider in my group which I will take as a small win.

I know I'm capable of a lot more and the next World Cups at altitude have been my biggest challenge the last years, however I'm feeling really positive about the direction I'm heading after last weekends disappointment and looking forward to putting on a strong display at the next races!

Eyes forward for Anton.

Next up for the team is the World Cup in Andorra, stay tuned!