Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
April 5, 2017
Crash, boom, bang at XTERRA Malta
March 31, 2015
I go home with mixed feelings from XTERRA Malta, a wonder full race, but a bad day for me. The organizers have pulled of, with their very small organization team, a beautiful race with stunning views in the setting of Golden Bay and the surrounding hills.
"Michelle the best host in Malta and flag carrier"
The sea swim, and thanks to the wind on this weekend, was a good challenge. As you know, I like big challenging waves a lot and it was perfect for me. The bike course nestled in the hills north of the Golden Bay has not a lot of climbing, but what it lacks in altitude it comes up with technical riding on old roman roads and single trails going through farmland and forests. The real highlight is for last, one of the best trail runs on the European XTERRA tour. A 2x 5.5km loop, that has a bunch of single trail, including some rock climbing and the cliff tops open up amazing views over the bay bellow them.
The race started for me very well. The first of two laps swimming went almost perfect, finding myself behind Roger Serrano and Brice Daubord on 3rd place.
"Some good waves to play with and keeping the overview"
"On the beach in the first lap - Roger and Brice still in sight"
On the second lap I swam with Nicolas Fernandez and Xavier Jove a good pace and got lucky, on the way in to the beach, catching a massive wave to body surf.
The wave threw me out on the beach and gifted me a 30 second lead on the other two and shortened the lead of Roger by 30 seconds. Up in transition I just saw the two leaders leaving and I knew that I can close this gap. The first 5km on the bike I rode hard to catch up and managed to get on their wheels. At 8km Fernandez cam blowing by, riding his own pace, that no one of us could match at this point. Roger started uping the speed. In the forest section Francois Carloni caught up to me and passed. I started to match his pace and the two of us dropped Brice soon after. I felt good and strong riding with Francois and approaching the turn around to the second lap. In the very last corner of the first lap it happened - crash, boom, bang! I slide over a metal plate on the ground and faster then I could realize, I was on the ground. My hip hit a corner of a small wall and there straight on the bone. The first 10 seconds I could not get up and I was in fear that I broke my shoulder or even worse my hip. Big relieve when I realized that I could lift my arm over my head, so the collar bone was still intact. My body started to go into shock and I am not sure how I managed to get back up on the bike and drag myself 100m down to transition and there to the emergency staff. Next I know is that I had a bunch of people standing over me and asking me all kinds of questions. A big thank you to all the volunteers and the Maltese Red Cross for their support, help and giving their time to this event!
"Bad luck was the credo on the bike course for me"
A bad day at the office for me, which is also a part of the trade we are in. I am looking forward to return next year to Malta and rectifying my race experience. Congrats to Nicolas Fernandez and Brigitta Poor wining the first stage of the XTERRA European Tour 2015! A big thank you to Nathan, Deirdre, Antonello, Ruben and Michelle for all their hard work and help! Now I am readjusting myself, hope I can start training later this week again and set my focus on #MissionXterraPortugal. Thank you to all my supporters at Tempo-Sport and the many people that got in touch to check up on me - it helped me a lot!
"Was nice to see all the good friends - see you in Portugal!"