Nino Schurter (Scott Odlo) crossing one of many wooden bridges on the course. He got a gap on lap one by attacking on the climb.
Mathis Fluckiger (Stokli Pro Team) chasing Schurter on lap one with his brother Lukas close behind. Lukas turned out to be slightly stronger by the end of the contest.
Lukas Flukiger (BMC) riding in fourth postion near the end of lap one. He finished third and gave Absalon quite a battle.
As usual, Australian Champion Dan McConnell seemed stonger as the race progressed. The Trek Factory Team rider worked his way up to fourth place.
Rudi Van Houts (Miultivan Merida) seemed strong in the early going but then faded a bit to 14th place.
Riders were treated to nearly perfect course conditions today. It was the driest of all the world cups held at Windham so the wire mesh on all the bridges was not critical today.
Julien Absalon (BMC) turned himself inside out to drop Schurter but was not able to do so. The course was less steep than the previous week at Mont-Sainte-Anne.
Nino Schurter (Scott Odlo) motoring up one of the climbs in pursuit of Absalon. While the two dueled a chase group was only seconds behind.
The Flukiger brothers were never far off the pace from the Absalon/ Schurter battle but unfortunately had to breathe their dust at times.
Large crowds were on course today to witness the finest cross country riders in the world. Windham Mountain put forth a small army of volunteers to keep everything running smoothly.
Sepp Freiburghaus is cheered on by the fans during the long climb up the mountain. Bull horns, sirens, chainsaws, and cowbells were all put to use today.
Nino Schurter (Scott Odlo) is a great descender and worked every inch of the downhill to increase his gap over Absalon. The world champion looked smooth on all the technical sections of the course.
Maxime Marotte (BH Suntour) riding the long descent back to the start finish area. He placed 18th.
Rudi Van Houts (Miultivan Merida) taking the high line at the beginning of a rock garden. The Multivan rider finished 14th.
Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Focus XC Team) passing through a particularly dark portion of the forest. Riders constantly went from light to dark conditions as they crossed ski runs and headed back into the woods.
Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Team) took the hole shot on the uphill start. Schurter was right on his wheel.
Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Team) with the world champion eager to make the pass. Schurter had decided to make the first climb up the mountain as hard as possible.
Riders emerging from the dark forest and under one of the bridges used for the downhill races.
Two supporters of the Australian Champions Bec Henderson and Dan McConnell cheered as their riders passed by. They also held a Spanish flad in support of Sergio Mantecon who is champion of that country.
Nino Schurter (Scott Odlo) with a gap over Julien Absalon just before a long fire road climb where the two could easily see each other.
The Flukiger brothers could see Absalon and Schurter up the road on lap five. Shurter attacked again, and Absalon responded.
The very popular Spanish champion Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos seemed a bit off his normal pace today. He finished 16th.
Catriel Andres Soto (MMR Bikes) leading a chase group up the mountain on lap five.
Nino Schurter (Scott Odlo) had a comfortable lead with one lap to go. He knew, however, that Absalon would retain his lead in the world cup standings.
Julien Absalon (BMC) had his hands full with one lap to go. It appeared that Fluckiger was poised to attack the world cup leader but Absalon had enough left in the tank to drop the younger rider.
Nino Schurter (Scott Odlo) had time to celebrate as he rode into the finish area. He has had many epic battles with Absalon and today was another for the history books.
Nino Schurter (Scott Odlo) wins the 2014 Windham World Cup and retains the second place in the world cup standings.