Todd Wells, shown here at Jingle Cross, took high honors for male ’crossers at the World Cup, but couldn't close the gap at the end © Steve Fry

Champery, Switzerland, was the site of the fourth round of the MTB World Cup series this past weekend, playing host to some of our favorite ’crossers. The spoils of the XC race went to the pure mountain bikers, with American Todd Wells taking top cyclocross honors with his twelfth place finish, an impressive four places ahead of Sven Nys. “Most technical course yet,” said Wells of the 4.3km circuit. Geoff Kabush narrowly missed a top twenty finish, and Micheal Broderick came in 11 minutes down, in 42nd place. “To quote Warren Sallenbach,” said Kabush via Twitter, “my legs felt like a sack of hammers.”

Italian cyclocross champion Eva Lechner fared better in the Elite Women’s field, taking second place ahead of American MTBer Willow Koeber. Katerina Nash rounded out the top five, and Georgia Gould and Mary McConneloug nabbed 11th and 12th, respectively. Also present was Katie Compton, who worked her way up from a 58th-place start. “She wasn’t feeling great this week, [but she’s] collecting UCI points,” said husband Mark Legg-Compton.