The UCI World Cup season has arrived. Sure, it isn’t downhill, but try watching the cross-country races. World Cup riders absolutely rip, regardless of discipline. Technical rocky climbs and gnarly downhills are par for XC courses now, cleaned without dropping posts. The first race of 2018 takes place today and tomorrow in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Check out what riders are up against with the undisputed cross-country champion, Nino Schurter.