The thrilling CX80 MTBO World Cup Final is approaching

90 of the world’s best MTBO athletes travel to Targovishte in northeastern Bulgaria this weekend to compete for the 2022 CX80 MTBO World Cup titles.

Three races await you: the urban terrain sprint in the town of Kardam on Friday, the long distance on Saturday and a mixed relay on Sunday, both in the rolling forests around Momino outside Targovishte.

As well as deciding the World Cup overall, the races in Bulgaria will determine the first ever MTBO U23 World Championships, the new U23 World Cup and 150 additional athletes will also battle for medals in four WMMTBOC races.

Kardam seeks to offer very fast sprint races with fairly flat terrain and good maneuverability around town. The forest terrain of Momino is quite hilly, rather open and athletes will be allowed off the tracks with the possibility that some controls will also be placed on the terrain.

Søgaard is one step ahead
In the Women’s World Cup, Camilla Søgaard (DEN) took a huge lead after strong performances at both EMTBOC in Lithuania in May and WTMBOC in Sweden in July. Søgaard won the Mass Start in Sweden and came away with an impressive five medals after five WMTBOC races.

With 295 points, she is favorite to win her first overall World Cup title after finishing second twice earlier. Her Danish compatriot, Nikoline Splittorff is in second place with 226 points and Marika Hara (FIN) is third with 196 points.

The World Cup is decided by the athletes’ best six scores over eight races. Therefore, Splittorff and Emily Benham Kvåle (GBR) currently in fifth position are the only ones who can make up for Søgaard’s lead.

Bogar 10 points ahead
Krystof Bogar (CZE) has a narrower lead in the men’s World Cup standings after his two gold medals at WTMBOC. With 271 points, he is 10 points ahead of Samuel Pokala (FIN) and reigning world champion Simon Braendli (SUI) has 206 points but has only scored points in five races. Just like Pokala and Braendli, long distance world champion Marcus Janson (SWE) can still take the lead from Bogar with strong performances in Bulgaria.

The first-ever U23 World Cup will also end this weekend. Nikoline Splittorff (DEN) seems impossible to catch up with 300 points in the women’s ranking, where Elena Yllan Ortiz (ESP) is 93 points behind in second place. The Men’s U23 World Cup is led by Jan Hasek (CZE) with 288 points, Ignas Ambrazas (LTU) is second (268 points) and Miika Nurmi (FIN) has 216 points in third position.

In the World Team Cup, Finland and Czechia are tied for first place with 50 points, Sweden have 38 points in third place.

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The races can be followed on IOF LIVE, where basic web-tv production with English commentary, live GPS tracking and live results are offered.

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Program for the third round of the CX80 MTBO World Cup
(Time zone – EEST UTC+3):

Friday September 16
11:30 a.m. Sprint, first start

Saturday September 17
12.00 Long distance, first start

Sunday September 18
9:30 a.m. Mixed relay, mass start

Program for WMMTBOC 2022
Thursday September 15
11:00 a.m. Mass start

Friday September 16
9:30 a.m. Sprint, first start

Saturday September 17
9.00 Long distance, first start

Sunday September 18
12:30 p.m. Middle distance, first start

Photo: EMTBOC 2022 / Donatas Lazauskas

Dino J. Dotson