World Cup Pietermaritzburg, RSA

Date: 23.04.2011

Description: Cross Country

6 laps, 1.38h racing time
13th place, 3min down winner Nino Schurter

I blew up my expectations for the new world cup season right at the beginning! I slipped off my pedal at the start, and lost so many places that I was already 1min or 50 places down going into the first single trail.
The level this days are so high, you just can not make up those places quickly. Only after 3 laps I started moving towards the front and that was definitely good for my head.

I hardly could not drink or taking any energy gels into me today! Sometimes I have those races I more feel like burping then getting anything down.

Overal Specialized racing had a great day, with Ren taking first in the women and Lene 5th. Burry although had a really bad crash at his home grand prix, but Jaroslav kept the flags high and ended up 3rd and Todd 10th. Very well Todd, after such a long travels and time zones from USA.

On Monday I am flying back to Switzerland after two awesome month in South Africa. Obviously it is super dry at home, and in spring time that is not good for my pollen allergies.

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