World Cup Val di Sole, ITA

Date: 20.08.2011

Description: XCO Race

1 start plus 6 laps, 1.28h racing time,
8th place, 2.51min off winner Jaroslav Kulhavy

It was a hot, steep, dusty and it must have been the shortest race ever in history of xco racing! I must admit I would like be back to the 2h format again. More and less we race full on (except you are Jaroslav) from the beginning to the end. Tactical racing got reduced to its minimum.

My start was quite good. Definitely 100% better then Burry‘s who broke his chain right off the gun. At least after the start loop he got the fix and still finished very strong.
On my side we have been a quite big group battling it out for fifth which would still be podium. Well standing next to it… On the last lap I lost a few meters in the downhills. I was so tired I hardly could not see straight any more. I always lost a few meters, and that‘s how I lost the two Flückigers and Tempier.

Even the climbs have been so steep I only rode a 34 chainring in the front. I thought it will be risky but I felt fine, because it was pretty grippy and I could power over it with riding out of the saddle. I don‘t mind tackling steep climbs, but here they are going straight down again. I much more prefer that they soften up on top. I always feel that in those sections I can accelerate and make up good ground.

It is great to get home now, where I can prepare for world champs on home soil. On Thursday I am racing the Bern City race. Start and finish are in front of the Swiss Parliament. So that should be fun! I will also drive to Champéry for one day. I still have not decided what bike I am going to race. Epic 29er or Stumpjumper hardtail. I hope the testing on that super rough rooty track will give me the very best answer.

I keep you updated!

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