Morgan Hill, Calif., June 26th, 2015 – After a glittering career spanning more than two decades, Christoph Sauser, 38, has announced that he will be retiring from mountain bike racing in mid-2015. His last professional race will be the UCI Marathon World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy this weekend, where he will be gunning for a fourth Marathon World Championship title.

When asked how he was feeling heading into his last Marathon World Championships, Christoph responded, “One last shot to win Marathon Worlds before I retire from the pro circus! With my crash now behind me, which left me out with two broken ribs, I am very positive to put all my energy into this climber’s course in the Italian Dolomites.”

Sauser has enjoyed success from an early age. Initially a downhill racer in his teens, he found his true calling in the marathon and cross-country disciplines, winning three marathon World titles (2007, 2011, 2013), a cross country World Championship (2008), 14 elite World Cup XCOs, the Cross Country World Cup overall twice (2004 & 2005), and six Swiss National titles. The Swiss pioneer also made his way onto the top step of the podium in five ABSA Cape Epics (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015), as well as earning the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

The Swiss pioneer attributes the longevity of his career on his ability to stay focused on the task at hand, and like any champion, a healthy dose of self-belief and a burning desire to cross the finish line first. He said, “ever since I started racing professionally, I have had supportive people around me who have inspired me to perform at my best. Their hard work allowed me to focus entirely on what I was at the races to do – which was to win. Without them, I would not have achieved what I have, especially such a long career, and I am super thankful for that.”

Having spent the past eight seasons with Specialized Racing, it’s not surprising that Sauser’s future lies with the California-based company, shifting into a mentorship role under the official title of Global Sports Marketing Performance Director. The role will see him working closely with Specialized athletes in all disciplines, passing on what he has learned in order to help fine-tune their day-to-day and race-day routines in an effort to maximize their potential. Another key focus will be identifying and nurturing young talent. The concept of giving back is nothing new for Sauser, the founder of – a charity that empowers underprivileged children through mountain biking.

“Mountain biking has been my life for over 20 years now, and I am very excited to be able to help develop the next generation of champions for Specialized.” said Christoph.

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