Description: XCO Race
6 laps, 1.36h racing time
3rd place, 30sec down to winner Jaroslav Kulhavy
First of all it was a amazing Specialized team result. Jaro first, me third, Burry fourth and Todd aka Pantani 11th!!
I think all this happened because of Piet and Malanies mad lunch and dinner cooking… and yes sure the bikes, which our mechanics tuned to perfection! Jaro and Pantani chosen Epic29 Burry and myself Stumpjumper29
As last year I loved the housing here. Condos with kitchens, good internet, Tour de France on TV in the morning, almost every day hot and sunny and a really cool course.
I did not have the “whole shot” from the start gun on. I don’t like uphill starts, but quickly moved into the chasing group for second. Jaro and Nino took off straight away, but it was only Jaro who could time trial solid to the end, winning his third world cup of the year!
Last lap I attacked on the bottom of the climb, dropping Fontana and Burry, but Nino I could not shake off. He over sprinted me into the last downhill and he kept a 5sec lead all the ways down.
I am very happy with my third place. It is the first top 3 result since I won the word cup final in Schladming 2008!
Now I am enjoying a relaxed Sunday here in Windham, until a marathon travel home tomorrow.
Drive to Albany-fly to New York-fly to Montreal-fly to Zürich-train to Thun-drive home