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The record of the World Cycling Championships in Glasgow – many medals, but only one in the Olympic discipline – sports

The record of the World Cycling Championships in Glasgow – many medals, but only one in the Olympic discipline – sports


In the medal count of the multi-tournament world championships in Scotland, Switzerland appears in the seventh place in the top ten. However, in Olympic disciplines, the payoff is minimal.

The first ever Multicycling World Championship, which unified title fights across 12 disciplines, is making history. Swiss return after 11 days of competition: 16 medals. There have been 6 world championship gold medals, most valuable in the mixed road team time trial and in the mountain bike team competition. In addition, the Swiss has twice been victorious in the electric MTB category, with quad bike racing, and with BMX rider Filib Steiner in the U23 category.

Shorter’s bronze as the most valuable medal

However, none of these competitions will be held at next year’s Olympic Games in Paris (July 26-August 11). If you take the Olympics as a criterion, only one medal won by the Swiss in Scotland is of high value: that of mountain biker Nino Schurter. The 37-year-old from Graubünden finished third in cross country on Saturday, his 13th in the field.

Although a year ago, when the World Championships were held individually and in different venues, and resulted in 6 medals in Olympic disciplines, Patrick Müller did not want to talk about disappointment. He counted 4th (Marlene Rosser) and 5th (Stefan Kung) in road races as well as a 5th place by mountain biker Alessandra Keeler in cross country, said the former professional cyclist, who is now head of competitive sports at Swiss Cycling.

More medals in 2024 and 2025?

For Müller, his athleticism was right. “Maybe we saved the medals for the next two years and 2025,” the man from Schaffhausen hopes. Now the next big target, Mueller says, is the Summer Games in Paris.

At the end of September 2024, the World Cycling Championships will follow on home soil in Zurich, and in two years the Valais will be the venue for the Mountain Bike World Championships. The results of the Swiss delegation were also good in cycling, which was combined in the combined world championships in Scotland.

With 9 podium finishes – all in the disciplines taking place at the Paralympics in Paris next year (28 August to 8 September) – she was also in the top 10 in the medal table. The outstanding athlete is Florina Regling from Zurich with 5 medals, 2 of which are gold.