Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
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XTERRA Germany 2013 - 2 words: "bad luck"
August 17, 2013
This trip did not go at all as planned. The flight to Prague, visiting the Scott office there and then driving up to Zittau, DE was just perfect. Was really nice seeing Lenka and the team in their beautiful office locations. My hotel was located in Oybin, I think when you design a model train landscape - this is the real thing which most model-train fans try to copy. An absolute stunning beautiful landscape and very nice people there.
My bad luck started already on Thursday when unpacking my bike. The break would touch and I could not fix it myself, nor did I have all the tools with me to do a real repair. In Zittau I found a the best bike repair-shop of Germany. The crew of Fritz-Farrad shop were just amazing. Very friendly and helpful throughout my missery, which would yet have to start. The bike must have taken a very bad hit on the flight and my braeking disc was all dinged up, also the derailer had taken a shock from the side. Well ok - easy fix for Stephen. On Friday I went out on the recon loop and 1/3 into it it started. Derailer sucked up and bend all the way until the derailer eye brok off. First trip back to Stephen. Organizing from another bike shop (Scott dealer) an new eye and mounting it. I thought this is all right, I am back and got my bike rolling again. 2/3 of the recon loop brought me again to the amazing hills around Oybin. AGAIN, my derailer sucked up and this time it was all bend up - no way to recover this time. Second trip back to Stephen and he mounted me one of his derailers on my bike to brow for the race. I went for another 10k test ride and it felt much better.
Race day, all went after my plan. Had a good sleep, food and arrived on time to the race. Warm up and the start went exactly as I was wishing for it. I made it into the swim group of Yeray and Asa, just like a week previously in Prachatice. The swim leaders, with Ben Allen and Stephen Furgeson were very fast and a group of 3 or 4 could split off in the the front. I made it out of the water in the top 10 and caught the wheels of Asa. We past a couple riders and at 7km Honca and Ruben came up. I tried to keep going with them until at 10km I could start feeling that something is not as it should be, derailer acting up and my tire slowly losing air. 20km into the bike course I was counted off as number 8. and my tire becoming softer and softer. I decided to stop and use a foam shot, which worked perfectly, tire hard, me happy and only 15sec lost. In the second very technical downhill from Ameisenberg Mike Petzold and some other Germans caught me, I had again low air, already used my second foam shot and in the downhill I could feel that the tire is not holding up. In the Oybin flat it was then definitely game over, the tire blew and I was on my rim.
Very disappointed and I had to walk home the remaining 7km - the gap to the chase groups behind was massive - it would have been another great race and maybe even a top teen, but it was not meant to be this time.
Congratulations to Ruben, Hector and Yeray for the men's podium and Jacky, Kathrin and Helena for the women's podium.
I will be back next year for ITU world championships, with a new bike and more luck. Thank you Micha and Stephen for all the support, you gave it all!