Switzerland won the team relay event on the opening day of the European Cycling Union (UEC) Mountain Bike European Championships in the Czech venue of Brno.
But there was calamity for the host nation at Bike Aréna Antropos when their team was disqualified due to a missed relay.
The five-strong Swiss secured gold in 53min 26sec, with Italy claiming silver in 53:33 and Denmark taking bronze in 54:00.
For the gold medallists, Joel Roth clocked 10:11, Dario Lillo 10:22, Ramona Forchini 11:27, Sina Frei 11:20 and Andri Frischknecht 10:03.
Germany, Spain and Belgium filled the next three places.
Three categories of men’s masters racing also took place.
Jacek Brzozka of Poland won the 55-59 years old category in 1:24:34 from home rider Jozef Nestler, who clocked 1:28:06, and Germany’s Stefan Eichhorn, timed at 1:30:40.
The men’s 60-64 gold went to Sweden’s Benny Andersson in 1:32:13, ahead of Britain’s Chris Wreghitt on 1:39:43 and Denmark’s Jens Elsborg on 1:41:54.
The men’s over-65 title went to Italy’s Marcello Bartolozzi in 1:37:28.
Chiara Selva of Italy won the women’s masters 35-39 in 1:10:57, with Spain’s Mar Franco Penuela second in 1:21:07.
Italians Karin Tosato and Lorena Zocca took first and second, respectively, in the 40-44 category in 1:13:5 and 1:16:42.
Bronze went to Denmark’s Mette Hjortlund in 1:22:13.
Spain’s Margarita Fullana Riera won the 45-49 title in 1:131:7, Bente Kortbak Kibsgaard of Denmark took the 50-54 crown in 1:20:09, Suzie Godart of Luxembourg won the 55-59 title in 1:28:44, the 60-64 class went to Sweden’s Carina Borjesson and Christin Dufond of France won the over-65 category in 1:48:11.