Watch this thrilling video to get a feel for the physical effort put in by XCO Riders
Watch this slow-motion clip from the XCO battle at the UCI MTB World Cup meet in Pietermaritzburg last month and you'll have some idea of the phsyical effort the world's top riders will be putting in this weekend in Houffalize, Belgium.
The main battle in South Africa was between Nino Schurter anad Burry Stander. In spite of the big push made by Stander on his home patch, it was Swiss rider Schurter who triumphed, defending his 2011 victory by an eventual 11 seconds.
Keep an eye on www.redbull.com/bike to see what happens in the XCO this weekend at the Rock Roads UCI MTB World Cup in Houffalize.