Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
April 5, 2017
XTERRA Denmark - Wow what a race!
September 5, 2014
Last Sunday was the Xterra Tour final in Tisvilde, Denmark. The beautiful city is located on the north sea about 50min north of Copenhagen. The race was set in the typical flat country, but what was missing in altitude the sand would make up for.
Foto: Martin Paldan
The beach and forest where the race went through were absolute beautiful.
On race day the viking weather god was not on our side and again it rained and turned the course into a mud fest. I was looking forward to the ocean swim and when the gun went off I found quickly my rhythm. After 600m I was still in touch with the lead group consisting of Ben Allen, Dan Hugo, Conrad Stoltz and Rory Downie. At the beginning of the second loop I got gaped and at 1200m the super strong Kathrin Müller and Francois Carloni caught up to me. Together we came out of the water and on the bike. The rain was still pouring down hard and with 16C degrees it was on the chilly side by now. A short while later Thomas Kubec caught up and we rode together. As many times before Francois rode extremely hard and Thomas and I could not follow the high pace. We looked at each other and decided to ride our pace about 1min behind Ben and Dan. At T2 we entered so together and got the information to be 90sec down on Dan and Ben. I was determined to race for the 5th place then. My first kilometer was a high pace and soon I could not hear Thomas anymore behind me. At 5km I got the info that I was now only 60sec behind Dan and I gave it again a go to try getting closer to him. Arriving on the beach I could only see fare ahead a person running in the middle of the beach, but I thought it was a racer in the first loop and Dan would be already in the finish. So I looked back to check what is on behind me - I was happy not seeing anybody there - and I ran my pace along the beach. 250m before the finish line Tray shouted at me "Go for it, he does not know you are coming!!!" - well I was not aware that I was about to catch somebody.... And then I saw Francois. The person I previously saw on the beach fare ahead was him, poor guy was on empty batteries. I realized immediately that if I would be. 4th in Denmark I would move up 2 ranks in the tour! This gave me again the energy to start sprinting. The crowed started screaming, Francois turned around and saw me catching up. He then also started to sprint, but I was already right behind him and running up the beach suddenly he stood still - totally locked legs with cramps. I only realized after the finish-line that he was not sprinting down the finish channel with me. Sorry Francois, I needed these points.
So taking 4th with a minute behind the podium, and as Conrad said "you are the most happy 4th ever"! 5th place on the tour completes this summer with many unforgettable experiences and it is time to say thank you to all racers, volunteers and the organizing teams that put all these races together. I love this sport - no matter how muddy I get (each time this year)!