Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
April 5, 2017
XTERRA Spain - hot hot hot
June 10, 2015
The third stop of the tour was held in Plasencia, Extramedura, Spain. The city is located 250km to the west of Madrid and only 80km away from Portugal. I was surprised how large it was and what it could offer.
It was very clear that it would be a very hot race and already in the training the temperatures where very warm. The morning wind helped to keep it somewhat human, but in the afternoon the heat reached 35C. The course had a lot to offer and with 35km also a lot of distance. An extremely nice bike course with everything you can ask for as a mountain bike. MY personal highlight was the second last downhill, the trail and landscape is very beautiful.
The run started of though the city and 4km later the uphill started. Something never seen before was the downhill from the hill top. A 50m wide channel where you can pick your own way - well there is no way.
Race day, all started as planed and I arrived 1,5hrs at 11am in transition.
The start was as 12:30 in the river as a water start. The start was quick and a Spanish competitor next to me started very hard. 300m later I was still in his feet and looking to my right I realized that I was still head to head with Roger. A few minutes later the Spaniard and Roger took off and I was glad that Francois was catching up and holding a good pace. At the turn around we were a group of 3 and another Spaniard started to lead Francois and me. at 1000m he got really slow and Francois took over. I was where I wanted to be and held the pace. Coming 4th out of the water was perfect and transition was smooth.
The first kilometers on the bike went perfect. Ruben caught up fast and we got ride of the Spaniard. At 6km we caught the other Spaniard swimming with Roger and so only Roger was 30sec ahead of us. At 10km I had to let Francois and Ruben go. I started to feel that the heat is too high and going that speed I would explode. In the next 20km only Albert and Xavie caught up and I arrived in T2 close to the guys ahead of me. On the run I felt good through the city, but when I reached the uphill I quickly felt super hot. My max temperature was reached at kilometer five and I felt very dizzy. After kilometer 6 I have no big memories anymore. Some pictures remained and I know that I must have been running severalties close to unconsciousness. I reached the finish line in 9th place, I collapsed on the finish line and from there on the story is not that pretty anymore. 4hrs in the hospital and 1.5L of NaCl later I was feeling a lot better again. A very big thank you to Armando staying the entire side with me and helping me a lot the get back on my feet.
The organization team from Xterra Spain created a very nice race, also a very hard one. A big thank you to them and all the volunteers making such an event possible. I will be back next year.