Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
April 5, 2017
Xterra Italy - hard has a new meaning here
July 28, 2014
Back in the heart of Italy and the village of Scanno, AQ. The last year inaugural Xterra race was hard and the organization is still on the hunt to make it tougher than Xterra France and earn that crown. This years edition had a new bike course and a new run course to offer. The raw numbers 1.5km swim with an Australian exit and 4m altitude gain, the bike 30km with 1500m gain and the run 11km trail run with 550m vertical gain. The entire course is set in a stunning beautiful area and made the trip worth it. The pro line up was very impressive, almost all big names of the sport gathered yesterday at the starting line. The swim start engaged in full speed and a group of four with Roger Serrano, Braden Currie, Conrad Stoltz and Rory Downie could pull away from the chase pack. I made it out of the water in the chase pack and caught the fast train lead by Ruben Ruzafa, Francois Carloni and Jim Thijs. The 4 of us road hard until 8km, where Ruzafa and Carloni showed that they are in stellar shape and split the group. The downhill was due to the rain very slippery and demanded more attention and force than the 45min uphill previously. Coming into T2 just seconds behind Jim Thijs and Jan Kubicek I ran on 8th position. The run demanded everything from me and my hamstrings were about to explode at kilometer 8. In the end I ran the 11k without seeing anybody and finished 8th overall. Very happy taking this position in such a strong field, a little sad to have missed the price money by one one rank, next year new game - more bike power this winter - new chance!