Medals were awarded today in the men’s U23 cross-country race at the 2019 Mountain Biking World Championships. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible nations qualify to the games. The Mountain Biking World Championships is currently being held in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada from August 28th to September 1st 2019.
The event was won by Romania’s Vlad Dascalu whom was one of the few lead riders to finish without a mechanical problem at one point during the race. He finished with a time of 1:19:50. This was almost two minutes ahead of silver medalist Filippo Colombo of Switzerland whom finished with a time of 1:21:47. His compatriot, Vital Albin rounded out the podium with the bronze medal.
As a reminder, the world rankings and the men’s senior cross-country event at the world championships hold a higher qualification priority. Should Romania or Switzerland qualify via those methods then the next highest ranked eligible nation here will qualify one athlete to compete at the Olympics. The Mountain Biking World Championships continue tomorrow with medals and Olympic quotas being awarded in the women’s U23 race and the men’s and women’s senior races.
Update: Due to the results from the senior event, the Switzerland quota has been reallocated to Chile thanks to Martin Vidaurre’s fourth place finish.
Update 2: Romania has qualified via the Olympic Rankings, the quota won here has been reallocated to the next highest ranked eligible nation, Great Britain.