Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
April 5, 2017
August 1, 2016
Scanno - One of the best races in the year and again a highlight. The weather was just fabulous this year and the course got a much needed update by switching the long and the short loop on the bike around. This change prevented that the pros would catch in the second loop the middle of the age groupers in the technical downhill and make it much safer.
The swim as usual was a mace and the left and right turns not clear until you swam the course in the race. I had a great start and held up for a long time in the top 5, but my swim strength was not there to keep all the way up with the group around Roger and Mauricio. I started to slip into the second group and knew that I had to do a monster change and catch up on the first 2km.
So I did a very fast change and at the first stairs I decided to ride instead of walk them to make up the time. I have not tried this in training and with a big bunny hop and some strength it worked - boom - I was at the end of the group just to catch Franchise wheel. From there it was a fast train with the good mountain bikers and until the end of the bike I was on 5th place.
Only Jan Kubicek ran me down as he did so many times and I finished in a good 6th place.
Happy and looking forward coming back to Scanno and to my friends at Hotel Roma.