MEDVEDEV SHINES AND BECKING AND LECHNER TRIUMPH AT VOLCAT 201921-04-2019
Mud and blustery winds played a leading role at this year’s edition of VolCAT.
The 15th-anniversary edition of VolCAT is now a thing of the past — a race full of incredible moments for both professional riders and amateurs, who had set their sights on their goal. The event’s international status was plain to see with both the men’s and women’s Top 10 boasting up to eleven different nationalities thanks to the fact that VolCAT’s trails and tracks attract 1,000 cyclists from all over the world.
If VolCAT 2019 was already set to be something special, all that was left was for water to enter the picture on the last stage. The course, an incredible stretch of just under 34 kilometres, was to mark the end of an unforgettable event. Becking (DMT Racing Team) and Lechner (Torpado Südtirol) started out as clear favourites to become the new champions but couldn’t rest on their laurels.
On the fourth stage Medvedev once again showed that if it hadn’t been for the mechanical problem on the first day, he would have been an overall contender. He attacked before reaching the halfway point and managed to stave off his pursuers. The race had broken up completely, but Becking was completely in control, resisting all his adversaries’ attacks.
Medvedev clinched three VolCAT stages, although with little margin over Daniele Mensi (Soudal Lee Cougan) and Ever Alejandro (Olympia Racing Team).
In the end, Becking comfortably maintained first place in the general standings and only lost two seconds to Pruus. Lechner, on the other hand, didn’t concede one single metre and triumphed yet again, sewing up a perfect VolCAT with four stage victories. The Dutchman and the Italian reasserted their top form, winning VolCAT 2019.
A total of 535 finishers managed to overcome the challenge that is VolCAT and finish one of the most prestigious stage races in the world — a race that makes the Easter holidays into an authentic mountain biking adventure. Igualada, the European City of Sport 2019, was also the perfect setting for the event, playing host to the event’s main hub and the Festival with a never-ending selection of activities for everyone.
In other categories the winners were: Lucas Serrières (XC63) in the Sub-23, Sara Gay (Biking Point) in the women’s Sub-23, Tommaso Vanni (Cicli Taddei) in the Master 30, Pablo Egeda in the Master 40, Carlos Alberto Jesús in the Master 50, Silvia Scipioni in the women’s Master 30, and Eva Martín in the women’s Master 40. Meanwhile the Open category went to Sébastien Morvan and Marta Sánchez.
The final event: the Eliminator
VolCAT 2019 finally came to a close with the now classic Eliminator, boasting the general classification’s best riders and plenty of speed, power and thrills in the Festival’s surroundings. The Cypriot champion, Andreas Miltiadis, and Lechner once again came away victorious in the sprint event.
And so VolCAT 2019 draws to an end after four incredible days of competition, conviviality, fun, mountain biking and much more. We’re already counting the days until the 2020 edition