Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
April 5, 2017
XTERRA Switzerland - home, sunny and a Swiss Champion title
June 28, 2015
Vallée de Joux, 27.5.15, the XTERRA Tour made stop again in the very scenic valley of Vallée de Joux. The location is set on 1000m above sea level and well known as the coldest area of Switzerland during winter and is famous for its watch manufacturing. The third edition of the XTERRA Switzerland was under a good star and the weather was just perfect. Some little changes had to be done on the bike course due to fallen trees on the original downhill. The rest of the race course remain the same as in the pervious year with a 1.5km swim, 28km bike with 2 loops and a 10km run also with 2 loops around the lake.
At the start line were some 20 pros including Roger, Kris, Arthur and Yeray, making this race for sure fast and hard. The 1.5km swim started in the expected scenario with Roger swimming fast at the front giving us in the chase group a good minute thirty to catch up on the bike. I tried to keep the distance as small as possible on him, and with this I was leading the chase group all the way to T1. In Transition I realised that about 5 or 6 guys were sitting on my legs enjoying the ride. Out of transition Arthur and Yeray caught up and together we started the big chase on Roger. In the first lap I made a mistake by drinking too long on a flat section and got gaped by the two others. Riding now some 50m behind them was frustrating in the head wind. On the second loop Kirs caught up to me and as soon as he was on my wheel he crashed in a left hand turn. Lucky nothing bad happened and a minute later he was back on my wheel.
Together we rode for a while in the the second loop, but Kirs is strong and gaped me also. Arriving in T2, I could just see how Roger left the transition area and all the other guys at their bike rack. I was close on them, but alone. On the first 5km loop on the run, I received the info that I was running the same speed as them, but not making time on them. Running alone is hard and the second loop I slowed down, having no one behind me I could finish my race in the 5th position I was. With this I was very happy to be back in the top 5 and 6th in the Tour point standings. Congrats to Arthur taking his first XTERRA Tour win of his career!
XTERRA Switzerland was also the Swiss Championships for Cross-Triathlon 2015 and I was very happy and honoured taking the title. Awkward standing on the podium, the national anthem playing and nobody knows the text :).
A big thank you to the race organisation, many volunteers and sponsors making this beautiful event possible and creating such a sport festival in Switzerland! I will be back in 2016.