Swiss Championships Cross Country, Lostorf/SUI

Date: 20.07.2014

Description: Cross Country Race

8 laps, 1.34h
14th place, 4.30min off winner Nino Schurter

After marathon world champs I was more and less training “fit for fun”, especially on my enduro exploring new trails and regions. I still did my gym, running and high rpm workouts though, but nothing really exhausting.

My hard tail is still in the bike bag from world champs three weeks ago and I wont unpack it until I arrive in USA for Leadville100. I was very excited to fine tune my Epic for my short visit to the cross country scene.

During the whole week leading up to the race it was super hot and humid in Switzerland, but unfortunately for Sunday’s race the weather forecast was more then vague, and if the weather is vague you better have a spare set of wheels with Fast Track tires on it. Normally if it is dry I always race Renegade but 1.5h before the start I changed my wheels to the Fast Track setup. A setup you can never be wrong. Just such good overall tires!

It rained quite hard before the start but the sun dried out the course pretty quickly, but I tell you the bikes got pretty heavy with all the peanut butter mud sticking all over the bike. Glad I fine tuned it….

I had to start in fourth row that meant I was in a start crash, fought my way up to fourth place together with Lukas Flückiger, but with two laps to go I had a slow puncture. I tried to bomb it with a c02 (thanks to scott for helping out) but that did not work, so in the next tech zone I changed wheel.

It was a big petty! I was motivated and excited to do a xco race again and finishing it off with a good result, but top three was out of reach anyway!

Next stop Leadville100!