The first race of the XCO NRW Cup took place during the Abus Bike Festival at the Harkort Tower in the town of Wetter. On the steep hills of the Ruhr valley, the cross country track was revealled demands for power and condition as well as for technical skills.
Soon the race showed a tough duell between Ben Zwiehoff (Bergamont Hayes Factory Team) and Marcus Schulte-Lünzum (Focus XC Team) who battled head to head until the end. Samuel Rosenkranz (Focus Rapiro Racing Team) claimed the last place on the podium.
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