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Nino Schurter about motivation, strategies and luck

Honour to whom honour is due, number 18 of the 20 heads series for 2020 is dedicated to the reigning world champion in men’s singles. Nino Schurter has already achieved legendary status among the elite with his 2016 Olympic victory and his splendid eight rainbow jerseys. In Switzerland, he has moved into the front row of national sports heroes and has helped to ensure that the cross-country discipline attracts remarkable media interest in his home country. The interview also focuses on what’s behind an athlete’s successes, what motivates they and why they believe that luck plays an important role in his career.

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A multifunctional MTB family

Number 17 of the series 20 heads for 2020 is in reality not just one head but a trio. Bernhard Mast-Sindlinger and his sons Tobias and Gabriel are closely connected with the sport of mountain biking and especially with the World Cup venue in Albstadt. And they do so in a variety of combinations that probably cannot be found anywhere else in this constellation. A video talk about their work at RSG Zollernalb and beyond.

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Wolfgang Renner, MTB pioneer and adventurer

The number 16 of the series 20 heads for 2020 goes far back into the history of mountain biking, or rather the mountain bike. Anyone who has studied the subject of mountain biking a little more intensively knows that Wolfgang Renner has produced the first mountain bike in Germany in the Swabian town of Magstadt and under the Centurion brand. This helped the sport to have its first major development boost. But apart from that the 72-year-old Swabian has also done a lot more. And mountain biking in Albstadt is a must for the pioneer, even if he himself prefers to stay in the background.

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Elisabeth Brandau, from „Night Ride“ to world class

At the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Albstadt, Elisabeth Brandau would have been a local hero and the 34-year-old would have been expected to do a lot. Two of her best results were achieved by the third of the European Championships at the World Cup in Albstadt. But that is not the only reason why Brandau is an interesting personality. In the interview for the 20 Heads for 2020 series, the versatile individualist lets us look deep into her athlete’s soul and gives us an idea of how important the role of the mental components in cross-country sports is.

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Dieter Pfänder, an official with heart and passion

No races without commissioners, no organization without officials. Naturally, at the World Cup in Albstadt or at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz they are part of the inventory. Dieter Pfänder is one of the people who has been in Albstadt every year since the first Gonso Albstadt MTB Classic in 2005, in various functions.

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Hans-Ulrich Schmedtlevin, flower bouquets, benefit race and the Bullentäle

There are not too many people who have been part of the cross-country scene for over 30 years. Simon Burney is one of them. At the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt the lean Briton with white hair was present in various functions and recently he has become the head of the off-road disciplines at the World Cycling Federation. But Burney also knows the sport from other perspectives. As team manager, as personal manager of athletes and as national coach.

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Simon Burney: in the right place at the right time

There are not too many people who have been part of the cross-country scene for over 30 years. Simon Burney is one of them. At the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt the lean Briton with white hair was present in various functions and recently he has become the head of the off-road disciplines at the World Cycling Federation. But Burney also knows the sport from other perspectives. As team manager, as personal manager of athletes and as national coach.

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Manuel Fumic, the carrot cake and the not converted penalty kick

For 20 years Manuel Fumic has represented the German colours at cross-country world championships, for more than ten years he has embodied world-class format. Although the man from Kirchheim is missing a major victory, he has long been one of the most popular figures in the scene, even among fans. The UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Albstadt will be the last title bouts of his career and in the series “20 Heads for 2020” he talks about why the World Championships in Albstadt would be so important for him at a later date and also looks back on his career.

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Rob Jones, the Canadian institution

The group of people who are very important for a mountain bike world championship certainly include journalists. They carry the news about an event like the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz in Albstadt into the world. One of the most prominent representatives of the mountain bike press is the Canadian Rob Jones. He is a profound expert on the subject and already played a major role in the development of the sport in the 1980s. One of several reasons to talk to him in detail for the series 20 heads for 2020.

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