Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
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XTERRA Maui - World Championships as the final race of the year
November 6, 2015
The final race of the year for me took place on Maui and at the XTERRA World Championships. This edition of XTERRA Maui was also very special as being the 20th anniversary of the sport as is started 1996 as the Aquaterra on the shores of Makena beach.
Last year I had a mediocre day on the bike and on the run I was extremely hot, and I finished on the 18th place. This year I was determined to do better. The training camp 2 weeks prior in California was focused to get me ready for the heat and do some solid bike riding and swimming in. Sadly I had some health issues and the training camp was limited to my daily form. Arriving a week earlier to the race on Maui was the next step to get used to the heat and get familiar with the course that has a ton of turns. The days prior the race I started feeling better and better and I got more confident for doing a good race.
On race day I was ready for this nice but hard race. Unfortunately the nice strong wind from the previous days calmed down and also the announced swell did not come. This meant that the ocean was calm and no big waves to play with on the shores. The weather was as expected very dry and super hot. Only a short rain fall in the morning higher up on the course left some wet corners, but the rest of the trails were bone dry and dusty.
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The start went very well for me, I was on the fare left of the start line. The age groupers kept pushing us into the shoer break and space got very limited. The start was fast and I made it quickly through the first few small waves. On the stretch up to the first buoy, I was somewhere in the top 10 and felt good. At the turnaround I got hammered and a few guys pushed me underwater. I struggled more to get up to the air then swimming fast forward. At the beach exit I found myself in the middle of the pack, but happy that a bunch of good athletes where still around me.
In this pack I made it to the beach exit and to transition. Transition worked great and my strategy to run across the field and revers to my gear spot was quicker, then all the other guys going for the high corner and running in the right direction to their bikes. With this trick I made it out second on the bike in this group and I could set the pace in the first single trails up the hill.
Albert Soley and I started working together and we had a good pace going all the way up to razor ridge. At the second lake I made a small mistake, in a wet corner, and found myself on the ground. Luckily nothing happen and I caught up soon after again to Albert up. Approaching Zip Line we finally caught up to Flora that was motoring like a machine. In the downhill Albert played his advantages and opened up a 30sec gap on me. At the very bottom Jim Thijis came up from the back, but in the final long uphill he could not hold the pace. Here I rode with Ryan Ignaz and the two of us made it together back to transition.
The run started hot and quick. I paced myself a lot, trying not to overheat and explode on the second half. The 4.5km uphill were brutal and Ryan started fast and gave his race up at the 3km mark. From that point I was all alone and only at the 8.5km mark Flora came flying from the back.
Finishing the race on the 16th place I am happy to have improved my result a little, but for doing a top 10 result I will need to come back to Maui.
Jens Roth and me happy at the finish line - congrats to Jens for his 11th place in his frist Worlds race!
After 27 races in 2015 I am very happy with the season and the many adventures I had. A big thank you goes to my supporters, family and sponsors - I would have not made it to where I am without you guys! THANK YOU! Specially the Tempo-Sport Team for all their help and support I am very thankful to you! I am looking forward to race 2016 again in the Tempo Sport colours and ride a Cannondale Scalpel on the Wold Tour.
Now some vacations days and return home to Switzerland to charge the batteries and start all over again. Looking forward seeing you next year on some race course out there.