Normally, any rider claiming to have had a perfect season would sound exaggerated. With Nino Schurter’s undefeated 2017, it seems almost understated. Schurter swept all six World Cup rounds, a feat that would have made for a stand out year on its own. He also defended his rainbow jersey at world championships in Cairns, Australia, and won the eight day ABSA Cape Epic stage race in South Africa. Being so consistent at the highest levels of XC racing requires dominant fitness and skills, but also the finesse and equipment preparation to survive at the sharp end of every race without having a single race ruined by mechanical difficulties.
All of this follows a 2016 season that saw him finally succeed in winning a gold medal at the Rio Olympics, the one laurel previously missing from his extensive palmares, as well as the 2016 world championships. Going into the 2018 season, it will be exciting to see how long Schurter can keep the streak alive.