Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
April 5, 2017
XTERRA England European Championships - XTERRA is more than just racing
September 9, 2015
A long tour across Europe comes to an end in England with the final race and it counts also as the XTERRA European Championships. The tour this year has again brought me to places I would have never seen without the opportunity to race there, met many new people and made a lot of new friends. The journey XTERRA has taking me on in the last 4 years made we very humble and I am very lucky to call my passion my job. The XTERRA trieb, as it is often referred, is a special group of people that have discovered this sport and lifestyle for themselves and roam the planet to discover new places and adventures. Meeting these people every other week in another country turned a lot of them to people I know, and some into good friends. These people are easy and approachable and make a big part of what I like so much about this sport. I wish I had made my discussion earlier to dedicate my athletic career solely to XTERRA and Cross-Triathlon.
This past weekend the tribe returned to Vachery Estate near to London and and gathered for the final race in Europe. Also it was the final race of Conrade “the caveman” Stoltz in his XTERRA career.
The race was similar to the previous year. One big loop swimming in the Vachery Pond, two loop bike and a two loop run - both unusually flat, but muddy and technical.
At the start I set off in a good pace, thinking I just wish to make the chase pack around Ruben Ruzafa. At the first buoy I realised that I was ahead of the group I am normally in and swimming right next to Conrad. Very happy I made it in this smaller pack and in 4th position onto the bike.
The course was wet and muddy from the rain during the night and I struggled with this condition a lot. Mistake after mistake racked up and Ruben, Albert and Thomas passed me. In the second lap I even misjudged a mud puddle and took a spill in it covering me in chocolate brown slush. Off the bike I was in 7th position, only a minute behind Albert Soley and Thomas Kubek, but I knew it would be a very hard tun to gain ground on them. I tried my best and I could get very close to Thomas on the last kilometre. We started sprinting out of the forest onto the long grass stretch, but I was already tired from the long catch up before and Thomas could hold his position in front of me.
I am happy with the 7th place, one better then last year and also taking 4th place in the GC on the tour, also one better then in 2014.
Congrats to Ruben Ruzafa winning another XTERRA and Conrad Stoltz finishing just shortly after in 2nd in his final race - what a legend!
Now I return to Switzerland for a few days of training before the ITU World Champs in Sardegna later this month.
Thank you to Sam Gardner and Team Unlimited creating this great - and very different - race in England. Looking forward to return again!