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Biennathlon - a perfect race
June 23, 2015
The Biennathlon has as my home town race a very special place in my race calendar. Racing at home also ads an extra layer of expectation and pressure and this year as the defending champion I was unusually nervous the days leading up to the race.
Race day started with my wish of some rain in the morning to make the course more technical and slippery and then sunshine during the race. Arriving in transition I got myself a nice spot and started to check out the start area. This year special was that the Start was 400m away from the water right next to the transition area and the water entry had a 8 step stair.
My start was ok and a few guys overtook me in the first 200m, arriving second in the water the 1500m swim started. At 300m I saw a guy on my right overtaking me and setting a very quick pace. He made it first out of he water and I followed 30sec in second. My T1 transition went just perfect in 25second and there I overtook Michel the faster swimmer. Leading out of T1 my race started. Up to Alferme I could see Michel in pursuit, but at the first uphill I raised the pace. In Magglingne I was given a 2min 50sec lead on Sami Götz and the long downhill was still to come. On the Kuhrhausweg a walker tried to tangle me in an argument and blocking the path - a very militant fellow - and as I pass him he raised his walking stick and hit me on my back and thigh. Well maybe not the worst, because I got so angry that from there on I was just on fire.
In my strategy I had to make a very big gap on Gabriel Lombriser before the run. I was calculating with 6min to make it save to the finish on a 10km run with him chasing me. In T2 all went smooth and at 1km I crossed Gabriel, he riding hard throwers T2 - so my calc was about 5min 30sec lead and with this I just the cushion I wanted. On the run I had super paranoia and was very happy making it as the first runner to the very top.
Feeling still very strong I upped the pace to the max and in the last 2km I was just flying. The final 400m I count to one of my best moments in my career. So many friends, my parents and spectators alining the finish shoot. Very happy to see my training buddy Sami Götz on the Podium - big congrats!
A very big thank you goes to the organization team, the volunteers and sponsors of the Biennathlon, creating for 8 years such a beautiful event! I hope very much that there will be a 9th edition in the near future! Thank you also to all the people that shared this day by chearing and supporitng along the way, your many many pictures and messages I recived after, you fule me to push hard.
Cheers to Telebielingue for the very nice Interview and covarage from the race: