Swiss Epic 2019, Stage Winners!!!

Hello all, 

Here a speedy update from my latest event, the “Swiss Epic” (20.08.9-24.08.19), a 5 days stage race with 350 km and 12000 m of climbing going from Davos-St.Moritz-Lenzerheide-Davos in Switzerland. The event is classified as UCI S1 stage race and owned by the IRONMAN organization.

I teamed up with multiple former Belgium Champion Frans Claes and we were going into the race as some of the favourites for the overall.

After the first to days, we found ourselves in the top 5 of each stage and we were really ready to give it a go for the overall win. Unfortunately during the 3 and 4 stage we were fighting with mechanical issues and crashes, so we lost a lot of time and the overall classification was not any longer possible to aim for. We worked out a new plan to finish of this event in a best possible way. The tactic was all in for the final very hard stage finishing in Davos…-we wanted at least a stage victory.

So did we as this plan worked out perfectly.

We attacked just as planned the other teams in the middle of the stage just when entering the last 15km climb of the day. We went all in and on the top just before the last decent we had a gab of more than 3 minutes. Even a little mistake from my side on the last descent when crashing could not even put our victory into any danger. We rode into Davos completely sure of the victory and could celebrate a super ending of this stage race.

As I told before, the Swiss Epic is owned by IRONMAN which also owns the “Tour de France” of Mountain Bike in South Africa, the Cape Epic. –Who knows what the plan is for next year? 

Attached you will find some shots from the finish and the victory in Davos. Also see below the links to news and results from the race.

My next event will be “Skaidi Xtreme” in Norway on September 7th. And still to come this year, the World Championship in marathon MTB in Grächen, Switzerland. The 13th of October is another really important date for me as I have to defend my Luxembourgish national champion title in marathon in Esch in Luxembourg.

 

Homepage/FB of the Swiss Epic:

http://www.swiss-epic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SwissEpic/

Video from the winning stage 5:

Stage 5 Highlights - 2019 Swiss Epic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evxfNiGYhZI&t=6s

Video from Live interview after the stage victory: https://www.facebook.com/SwissEpic/videos/2601665539884879/


See you around,

Best regards,

Sören Nissen

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Luxembourgish Cross Country Champion 2019!!

Hi all,

Hope you had a nice weekend!!

Super exited to tell you all that I defended my title at the national cross country championship yesterday in Luxembourg!!

It was a very special race as my amateur club (VC Diekirch) was organizing the event. So the track suited me really well this year. As I only live 5 km away from where the race was held, I had the advantage of being racing more or less in my “backyard”.

This race was of course one of my main goals of the season and I have had this race on my mind for the last few months. I have been preparing really intense for making a good result on this particular day.

This has for sure not been an easy challenge and I made everything more difficult while crashing 4 weeks ago at the “Canyon Marathon” in Germany and a broken rib was the result. I even feared that I would not be able to defend my title. Only during the last week before the race the pain started to decrease, and I could more or less sleep a whole night through. I had quite a few injuries in my years of cycling, but this broken rib took the “pain” to a next level. At the end it all worked out and I was ready to go for it!

The championship on July 21st was held on a super difficult track consisting of 7 laps of 4,5 km and almost 1200 meters of elevation for the entire race.  

We started really fast right from the beginning, like usual in cross country. Normally I am a bit of a slow starter but on this track I could move to the front really fast. I could see that the other riders had big respect of this crazy hard track so the pace suited me perfectly. Already during the first lap I got a small gab to the rest of the pack. From here on it was just to keep my pace for the rest of the race. Nobody ever came near me again and after a long sole ride I could raise my arms for my 2nd cross country title in a row. Pit Schlechter from Leopard Continental team finished in 2nd position and the surprise of the day, Ben Philippe in 3rd position.

I am super happy with my victory and how things worked out. Now I will be wearing this beautiful jersey in all cross country events from now on and during the whole next season.

I have chosen to now get a little rest during the first part of August. I paced my body really hard and had to dig deep to continue training hard while being in my own little world of pain due to my fractured rib.

I will be doing a gravel race (The Rift) in Iceland this upcoming weekend (27.07.19). After that, I will start working on my shape for the UCI S1 stage race “Swiss Epic” in the end of August (20-24th). Swiss Epic is an event for pairs and I will team up with the really strong rider Frans Claas, former double champion of Belgium. I believe we have a team strong enough to go for the overall victory.

I will of course keep you updated about these events, and you can follow me on my social media accounts.

Here a few articles from the Luxembourgish press:

https://www.google.lu/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiFuJ-56MjjAhXEy6YKHSpeCX4QFjAAegQIBBAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pressreader.com%2Fluxembourg%2Ftageblatt-luxembourg%2F20190722%2F282080573426145&usg=AOvVaw3tlOrwSvZsim6sJCtCqFRC

 

https://www.google.lu/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=14&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwikhoXY5sjjAhVKwqYKHbzfBeMQFjANegQIABAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pressreader.com%2Fluxembourg%2Fle-quotidien-luxembourg%2F20190722%2F282059098589796&usg=AOvVaw1_J0__b30JuC0rSlhogL5n

https://theworldnews.net/lu-news/mountainbike-championnat-dikrech-nissen-a-schaus-kennen-titel-verdeedegen

Link to the homepage of “The Rift”

https://www.therift.bike/

Link to the UCI stage race “Swiss Epic”

http://www.swiss-epic.com/

 

Best regards,

 

Sören Nissen

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Victory at the "Rursee MTB Marathon" and "Canyon MTB Marathon" 2019

Hi everybody,

A little update from last Sundays race in Einruhr in Germany.

After some weeks travelling, it has been nice to spend some time home in Luxembourg. This does not mean that I have not been racing. Some really nice events at this time of the year take place just in front of my “house door”.

Yesterday I was attending the “Rursee Bike Marathon” in Germany. The race was consisting of 100km with 2500 meters of elevation.

Already before the race everybody knew that this race would be special due to the current weather conditions in mid Europe, almost 40 degrees and no wind. So my tactic was to ride in the group and try not to split up the race too early. Save energy!

As you might remember I won this event last year in front of former German champion and Cape Epic winner Robert Mennen from Germany. So I knew (like at most events) that there was nowhere to hide, and that I was counted in again as favourite for the victory. -Actually it’s quite cool, you already get a lot of respect from your opponents before the race. – And you might scare them a bitJ

We started out directly with a sky-high climb over more than one kilometre with 20-25% !!

Like in every German race, the pace was super high from the beginning. So after the first hour of racing, the front group was cut down to just 5 guys. We rode together until 30 km to the finish where I launched my attack and could ride in solo to the victory 2,5 min ahead of Bart Classens from Belgium. Peter Herman from Germany finished in 3rd position.

Also the week before I had a great racing weekend in Germany at the “Canyon Bike Marathon” in Rhens. An event just 2 hours’ drive from Luxembourg.

After 80km and 2200 meters of elevation I could also take the victory at this event just like in 2014 and 2017. Really great to be a part of such cool and good organized events. It makes me really glad to see how happy people are when I show up at these events. For me it is very important on one hand to participate in a mix of world class races and compete against the best world riders, but on the other hand it is also important to show up in local races like in Rursee or Rhens. It means a lot to me that people not only know me as a “globetrotter” travelling around the world to race only the biggest events.

These weekends have been super nice and were a good opportunity to test before my shape before the really big upcoming goals in July. I feel strong and ready at this point. –I have been doing a lot of hard work and now I can only hope that it was good enough to maintain my shape until the upcoming BIG events.

In July I will have my main focus on defending my title at the Luxembourgish national championships in cross country MTB (21.07.2019). My club VC Diekirch will organize the race this year on a really difficult track. A national champion jersey would mean everything to me. Before the nationals I will race the UCI World Series in France (06.07.2019) which takes place around the famous mountain of Mont Blanc. The race is said to be the hardest one day MTB event in the world with 140km and stunning 7000 meters of elevation!!

Link to the “Rursee Bike Marathon” page: https://www.mtb-am-rursee.de/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/mountainbike.amrursee/

Link to The „Canyon MTB Marathon“: https://www.mtb-rhens.de/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/MTB.Rhens

Here some news/articles from the race:

https://www.aachener-nachrichten.de/lokales/eifel/einruhr-zieht-die-gelaendefahrer-an_aid-39787675

https://www.blick-aktuell.de/Sport/Rhenser-MTB-Marathon-feiert-Jubilaeum-395614.html

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Victory at The UCI World Series in Poland!

Hi all,

Hope you are doing great out there and enjoying the nice weather at the moment!!

I am currently “on tour” in Poland and Czech Republic for a duration of 2 weeks because I am taking part in two UCI World Series events around here.

Yesterday I had my first race in Poland near the city Jelenia Gora. It could simply not have started any better here as I took the victory on a super warm and hard day.

79 km and 2300 metres of climbing were on the menu. A top strong international field with riders from all over the world. On the start line were German Team Bulls with 4 guys, and also the Marathon Champions from Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic. –So what do you do when you are starting alone without a team? –You try and work out a tactic on how to beat the BIG boys J

Actually the profile of the track helped me to determine the tactic. The first 15 km were almost flat so we hit all the climbing towards the last 65km. I stayed in the bunch for the first hour of the race and tried not to make any mistakes. That worked out perfectly and I was surprised about why none of the bigger teams tried to split up the race. As we entered the first long climbs on the ski hills just outside Jelenia Gora, I was in a really good position, and the battle could begin. Steep ramps and climbs in the forest made it a really tough race. In the same time we had temperatures rising to above 30 degrees. As the race continued, the front group started to get smaller and smaller. Like I predicted it was Bulls Team setting a high pace for their top contender Simon Stiebjahn. However they managed to set the pace that high and the whole pack exploded. So did Stiebjahn too. I was still feeling okay as we reached the halfway distance of the race. Suddenly, on a tricky and really rocky descend just before the technical zone, I hit my back wheel hard on a big rock. Unfortunately I could hear the latex “pissing” out of my back tyre. I stopped and tried to find the hole. I used a tyre plug to seal the gab and chose to ride on to the next tech zone in order to inflate the tire there. My good friend and assistant Jean-Claude helped me to fix this within a minute and I was ready to go again. At that moment I was 1 minute behind a front group of 2 Bulls riders and former Belgian champion Frans Claes.

I was fighting until the end of the race to close this gab. Naturally the riders in front were informed about the fact me hanging behind and chasing like a crazy to get back again. –They of cause didn’t want me to get back to the front. I first caught them with 15km to the finish line, where I really felt like I had spent all the energy that was left for the day. I joined the group and was actively participating in the work. I focussed on eating drinking and trying to convince myself that I still had a chance. -I knew I only had one chance left for winning the race. Finally we hit the last 500m long hill 5 km before the finish line. I decided for myself that it was all or nothing for me, as I knew that I would be in an inferior position when it comes to a finish sprint against these guys. “Flat out” from the bottom to the top of the hill. Only on the very top I could see that I got a little gab. Determined, I put on full gas during the last flat part until the finish line. It was a great feeling arriving towards the finish line after such a close race. Raising my hands as the winner of my first ever race in Poland and 4th World cup victory in my career. Team Bulls ended the day with taking the 2nd and 3rd spot on the podium.

I will now stay here for one more week and on Saturday 8th June I will be starting at the next UCI World Series event in Czech Republic.

Here a link to the HP/FB of the organization:

https://www.facebook.com/BikeMaraton/

https://bikemaraton.com.pl/?fbclid=IwAR1oig-I08eoRGtJd7KC6p0y_7T--VmWZ9QTlSKGE2rh-XXOdaWOkkAvpak

 

Here a link to the results:

https://wyniki.datasport.pl/results2934/

Some articles from the race:

https://www.acrossthecountry.net/offroad-notizen-frey-und-schneller-auf-dem-podest/

http://www.radiowroclaw.pl/articles/view/87408/Swieto-MTB-w-Jeleniej-Gorze-Soren-Nissen-zwyciezyl-na-najdluzszym-dystansie#

https://mtb-xc.pl/2019/06/03/wyniki-1-2-czerwca-2019/

See you around!

Best regards,

Sören Nissen

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Victory at "Rocky Mountain Bike Marathon" at "Willingen Bike Festival"

On Saturday 18th April 2019 I raced the UCI “Rocky Mountain Bike Marathon” in Willingen, one of the biggest Mountainbike events in Germany and also well known in whole Europe. 2000 participants were lined up and ready to race the extreme distance: a 116 km long track with 3220 meters of climbing. Among the participants were some super strong riders from some of the best teams in the marathon discipline: German Team Bulls with the Swiss champion Urs Huber, German rider Sascha Weber (Team Rocky Mountain) and the Dutch pro road rider and former Tour de France and Giro d’Italia stage winner Pieter Weening (Roompot-Charles).

We started at 7:30 in the morning and after the neutralized zone, we entered the first 3 kilometers long climb. Here a first selection was made and we were only 20 riders left in a small group. After waiting and observing my competitors I quickly found out that I had to take a chance for being able to win this race. Riders like the Swiss Champion Huber or Weber are much more explosive when it comes to a sprint, that’s why I had to race in a more aggressive way in order to put these riders under pressure. With 40 km to go, Weber, Huber, Weening and me were together and started to attack each other. Weening and Huber dropped as Sascha Weber was setting a crazy high pace on one of the last climbs. I also had to let Weber go as the speed was simply too high. Fortunaltely Weber didn’t get too much of a gab and I could more or less see him in front of me the whole time within 30-40 seconds. 12 km before the finish line, I managed to get back to Weber and dropped him at the same time in the climb. I won the race one minute ahead of Huber who passed Weber on the last kilometres.

Such a nice and absolute great victory!! Proved me once again that if you keep believing in yourself and keep a strong mind you can achieve anything.

A really important victory for me and my German sponsors.

I am so happy to be back on this level. Health problems kept me out of the game just before “Roc d`Ardenne” two weeks ago.

Next weekend I was supposed to race the UCI Marathon Series race in Portugal (Meda100) (26.05.19). This race has been rescheduled to the end of August due to the European elections.

The upcoming weeks I will race the UCI Marathon Series races in Poland (02.06.19) and in Czech Republic (09.06.19).

Cool after movie from Willingen Bike Festival:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=192&v=6bxnWo-XEt4

Homepage/Facebook of the Bike Festival: 

https://willingen.bike-festival.de/allaboutbikes-live/

https://www.facebook.com/bikefestivalofficial/

 

Some great articles from the race:

https://www.hna.de/sport/regionalsport/radsport-sti67103/bikefestival-willingen-raubtier-taktik-bringt-marathonsieg-ngz-12300505.html

https://willingen.bike-festival.de/news/details/soeren-nissen-und-stefanie-dohrn-siegen-beim-marathon/

https://www.n-tv.de/mediathek/videos/sport/Nissen-gewinnt-Rocky-Mountain-Bike-Marathon-article21035018.html

https://www.bike-magazin.de/mtb_news/events_rennen/continental-bike-festival-willingen-2019--marathon/a41248.html

https://www.lokalo24.de/lokales/waldeck-frankenberg/rocky-mountain-bike-marathon-2019-willingen-12303317.html

 

Hope to see you around,

Best regards,

Sören Nissen

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Double up in Belgium and Germany in 6 days!!

On Monday April 22nd I raced “La Hallonienne” in Grand-Halleux in Belgium. The race consisting of 75 km with 1970m of elevation is a part of the Belgium Ardenne Mountainbike Series. I won the race in front of Sébastien Carabin and former Belgium Champion Joris Massaer in 3rd position. I managed to get away after the first half of the race and could take a nice win with almost 3 and a half minute advance. Really cool to see that within only 5 years the “Belgian MTB Series” has grown to become some really high class events. Amongst the participants were world class riders like former Belgium cyclo cross Champion Klaas Vantournhout and Belgium XCM Champion Wietse Bosmans. Beside these guys a lot of world tour road riders tested their shape in this race, like Maarten Wijnants and Jens Keukeleire. As this was the first edition I also got the leader jersey in the “Belgium Ardenne Series”.

On Saturday April 27th I raced the “SKS Bike Marathon by Mega Sports” in Sundern-Hagen in Germany. The very cold weather with a lot of rain made the 100 km with 2400 m of elevation really difficult to overcome. Temperature dropped in the morning to around five degrees and the sky turned all dark. After half of the race it started raining like crazy. I had a fast look at my bike computer which showed only 1 degree on top of the highest point of the track. This made my tactic very simple and clear as it was simply too cold to only sit and wait in a group. I launched my attack and just wanted to finish the race as fast as possible. After only a short time I could see myself alone in the front of the race with no one to follow. I kept the high pace until the finish line where I could only manage to raise one hand because I could not hold on the handlebar anymore due to the cold. I tried to make it look like I was enjoying but actually I just tried not to crash my bike before the finish line. I don’t remember the last time I was so cold, I was shaking like a little dog. 

Next Sunday I will start at the UCI World Series “Roc d’Ardenne” in Houffalize, Belgium. This is the race I already won three times in a row in my career (2014, 2015, 2016). Last year I was third so this year I will be back for a revenge. As you know I have listed the UCI World series as a big target for this season. After the first two editions in Spain and France I jumped from 53rd overall till now ranked 14th in the world. – Let`s keep working on that!!

 

Here some links to press releases from both the Belgium and the German race:

https://www.vojomag.com/bams-1-la-hallonienne-soren-nissen-en-demonstration/

https://www.mountainbike.be/nieuws/detail/competitie/20190423-eindelijk-mooi-weer-nissen-domineert-la-hallonienne

http://www.bikesight.nl/verhoeven-en-classens-zitten-er-goed-bij-in-la-hallonienne/

https://www.mega-sports.de/informationen/news-detail/news/ergebnisse-sks-bike-marathon-online-soeren-nissen-und-sarah-reiners-siegen-ueber-100-km/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e07a2128e080548d5a9a59ee83cc4b5c


See you around,

 

Sören Nissen

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Victory at the "SKS Kellerwald Bike Marathon" in Germany

Yesterday I won the 22th edition of the “SKS Kellerwald Bike Marathon” in Gilserberg, Germany on April 14th 2019, with 127 km and 3500 m of elevation! The track was a mix of large gravel/forest roads and some technical descends. The weather had been really nice in that region for a while so the whole track was super dry and really fast. Though, the only thing making this year’s edition a bit special was the freezing cold temperatures in the morning. Icy conditions with even a bit of snow at 9.00 o’clock in the morning while lining up.

Some really good riders from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands were on the start list. The tactic for the day was to keep calm until the last lap. Not making any mistakes and then hopefully “go for it” in the last lap of the race.

That tactic worked out perfectly. Nevertheless the former Belgian champion, Joris Massaer did his best to follow my attack during the final lap. I was super happy when I finally crossed the finish line with raised arms, for the 4th time in my career. Another victory and I will be the record holder for all time victories in this event in front of mountain bike legend Ramses Bekkenk from the Netherlands.

I actually won this race in the past still wearing the Danish champion jersey (2014+15). And of course the speaker and spectators were surprised seeing me now in the Luxembourgish Champion jersey.  People think it is cool that I took the step representing my new nation where I have been living for many years now and they notice that I am doing a lot to promote the mountain bike sport.

Next weekend I will start at the “La Hallonienne Marathon” in Belgium.


Here a link to the HP/FB from the organization of Kellerwald Marathon: https://www.facebook.com/Kellerwald-Bikemarathon-140716342693679/

https://www.kellerwald-bikemarathon.de/hp2017/

 

Below you find some links of some press articles from yesterday’s race:

https://www.rtl.lu/sport/cyclissem/a/1334374.html?fbclid=IwAR35ApmJcPkE2BXUW0ngezoXiJIZwIl8Qlrl6qeemy4UdEICc659SNkLKj4

https://www.lokalo24.de/lokales/schwalm-eder-kreis/schwaelmer-bote/teilnehmer-beim-kellerwald-bikemarathon-gilserberg-12193355.html

https://pressreader.com/@nickname11586503/csb_bfDfBXR7ibtibFuHcZAs0_38synUCpTb5B3biE2haOghvicsThjv4IsAY3OiOgkO

https://www.rtl.lu/sport/cyclissem/a/1334374.html

 

See you around!!!

Best regards,

Soren Nissen

Team Stevens - Adventure Freak

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UCI Marathon World Series "Roc Laissaigais" and "Cambrils Marathon" 2019

Hi everyone,

Here a little update from my racing over the last two weeks. Two very busy weeks with good results and memories of some great events and adventures that will last forever. My project about racing the UCI Marathon World series races is in progress and has finally been launched.

Last weekend (31.03.19) I started at the UCI Marathon World Series Scott Marathon in Cambrils, Spain and I did Sunday’s UCI Marathon World Series race Roc Laissagais in Laissac, France.

Cambrils was a very special race with no typical marathon distance. We had to fight 62km with 1200 meters of elevation. The fact of the short distance and the very little climbing made it a very difficult for me in order to reach a good result. Nevertheless, I focused like always on the race and tried to come up with the best possible tactic for the day. I wanted to give it all to get close to the podium. The event was also a bit special as the national TV station in Luxembourg RTL followed me with their camera crew during the event (see the link to video below). I think this is so cool that people start to notice what I am doing on my MTB, after only a little more than a year since I started to represent Luxembourg in cycling. Luxembourg as a little country is really mad about cycling and sports in general, and I am so happy to show of the colours of my nation around the world by wearing my outfit as the national champion.

This is how my race went:

The first 15km were very flat and only the wind caused major problems in the start. When entering narrow passages I found myself caught behind a crash, dropping me down around the 20th position. The guys from DMT racing with former world champion, Tiago Ferreira were really fast to “pick” up and they went “flat out” for the next 10km in the wind. I tried to fight back, but it remained really difficult to catch up with the guys in front.

As we started climbing after 15km I started to move up the ranks and I could see the front of the race not too far away. I gave it all for the next hour, but it was just not enough to get back. Ferreira won in front of his team mate Hans Beking and the 2017 European champion Peeter Pruus on the 3rd spot. I was located in a small group fighting for the 4th position in a sprint. Unfortunately I had to be satisfied with a 6th place in the end. Not a bad result, but of course, I had hoped for better.

After Cambrils it was time to refocus and get ready for the next event: The UCI World Series “Roc Laissagais” in southern France.

90km and 3400 meters of elevation were on the menu that day. Those knowing a little about distance and elevation can surely figure out what these numbers mean: a complete crazy track. In other words: a race that would fit me great! Really strong riders figuring on the start list, Urs Huber (BULLS) Juri Ragnoli (Scott Italia) Sascha Weber (Rocky Mountain) Sebastian Carabain (Merida) and many more.

We started early in the morning with temperatures lying around only 1 degree celsius. So really difficult to figure out which clothes to wear and what to bring for the race. It had been raining all night which was another factor that would play a major role in the end. My tactic for the race was to keep calm and not go too hard during the first 2 hours. Immediately after the start, Urs Huber, Sascha Weber and few others went off like a gun. I played my tactic as I said and just let them go. I raced like this for the first 2,5 hour, sitting around the 10th position. With 45km to go I had a gab of almost 3 minutes to the front. Then it was time to get that diesel engine started if I wanted to bring a good result back home. So did I: I looked at my watch, checked the time with the kilometres and the amount of elevation that were left. Around 2000m of elevation I know from experience that something starts to happen to the body. No matter how fit you are the body and mind starts to tell you that it’s enough. I knew that the same would happen to my opponents. So I more or less set the pace like I know I could do for another 2,5 hours without burning my “engine” completely off. Every time we passed a feed station my “person” helper I brought to the event told me the time difference to the front. And every time I cut another time gab off and got closer to the podium. With 15 km to go I could see myself catch back German Sascha Weber in 3th position and only a few km later the Swiss champion Urs Huber from Team Bulls. Now with only 10 km to go chasing like a mad man to get back up to the guy in front, Italian Juri Ragnoli. Ragnoli is two times former Italian champion in Marathon and one of the absolute best riders in the world. With only 7km to go, his lead was down to less than a minute and I was positive minded believing that a victory could still be possible. The last 5 km into the finish area though were more or less flat and I could not make a big difference here. Nevertheless, arriving on 2nd position in the centre of Laissac was really cool as well. I couldn’t help myself being a little disappointed just after the race. But having in mind beating a field of world class riders really boosts my moral to get back for more! A LOT MORE!!

The upcoming weeks I will be racing in Germany (Kellerwald Bike Marathon) and the week after in Belgium (La Hallonienne), the place where only Mathieu Van der Poel could beat me in last year’s race. The next UCI World series race will be “Roc d’Ardenne” on the 5th of May in Houffalize, Belgium. 

 

Articles and news/video from the races:

RTL TV report: https://www.rtl.lu/sport/cyclissem/a/1327870.html

https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/04/08/ragnoli-les-a-tous-manges,8117819.php

https://www.aveyrondigitalnews.fr/actualite-4585-laissac-bettina-janas-et-juri-ragnoli-survolent-la-28e-edition-du-roc-laissagais

https://www.bicitv.it/gare/uci-marathon-series-grande-vittoria-di-juri-ragnoli-alla-roc-laissagais/

http://bikemarathonbtt.com/es/2019/marathon-cup-btt-141/cambrils-uci-marathon-series

https://www.bikezona.com/noticias-ciclismo/la-scott-marathon-cup-btt-cambrils-abre-duelo-de-mejores-equipos-de-xcm/33221

 

Thanks for all your support and greetings from Luxembourg!

Best regards,

Sören Nissen

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“Samarathon Desert” UCI S2 in Israel

Hello everyone,

I am just back from another great adventure, this time in Israel. The race “Samarathon Desert” (13-16.02.19) was this year classified as an UCI S2 event with some strong international teams on the start list. As the rule states the event had to be raced in teams consisting of 2 riders. This time I was teaming up with Cory Wallace, current 24h World Champion and multiple Canadian XCM Champion.

This team constellation showed to be a great match. 

We started the race really great with a second place in the prologue, where we only lost 1,5 minute to the stage winners.

On the second day we raced a long marathon stage with 88 km and a desert wind blowing like crazy. On one of the short but hard climbs midway in the race, we managed to get a little gap. None of our contenders ever got back to us again, as it was extremely hard to race as a group in the windy desert. We won the stage by almost 4 minutes on that day.

On day 3 we once again played our cards well and took advantage of the other team’s mistakes in the deep desert sand. Here again we got a little gap and this was enough to fire up the two old Diesel engines. Nobody saw us again before the finish line. Another stage win and another great day on the bike!

After the first 3 stages we had an overall lead of almost 5 minutes. We knew that this normally would be enough but in the same time no room for any mistakes or flat tires etc.

We went confident into the last stage of 55 km of pure single trails. Nevertheless we knew that this terrain could cause us problems. This was also exactly what happened. The last stage turned out to be an inferno of absolutely crazy rocky single trails for about 2 and a half hour. Being marathon specialists, we do not spend so much time on practicing tracks like these. After only short time within the race, we switched to “damage control” and only focussed on not losing our overall lead. We came in 3rd on this last stage with a loss of almost 2 minutes but still super happy that we won the overall with a margin of more than 3 minutes.  

I am super happy with this result and that I am back on my normal level again, especially after the race at Lanzarote. Unfortunately I got a stomach virus during that race at Lanzarote and had to fight like a crazy to finish the last stages. Under these circumstances getting away with a 7th place overall was ok but not a result that “fits” my normal ambitions.

I will now be doing some weeks of hard training before the race season starts in northern Europe. 

Here a link to the homepage/Facebook of the organizers:

https://www.facebook.com/samarathon/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

https://samarathon.co.il/

Here some cool videos from each stage:

Day 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtITstCoiOQ

Day 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pUezk2wCXE&feature=youtu.be

Day 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf9hGtyEIJY&feature=youtu.be

Day 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS8N2aloWD4&t=16s 

 

Some news-articles after the race:

http://www.rtl.lu/sport/cyclissem/1308044.html

https://cyclingmagazine.ca/mtb/cory-wallace-wins-samarathon-desert-race-israel/

http://www.cyclismactu.net/news-vtt-cory-wallace-et-soren-nissen-remportent-le-samarathon-80980.html

https://bike.co.il/?p=3212

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"Crocodile Trophy" Australia 2018

Hi All,

I am back again in Luxembourg after my last mountain bike race in this year`s season. Like you know I participated from the 13th – 20th of October in the biggest mountain bike stage race in Australia, the „Crocodile Trophy“.

700km and more than 15.000 meters of elevation. I can only say it has been eight wonderful days of racing through Tropical North Queensland!!

My goal for this race was pretty clear: Do better than I did in my first participation back in 2015, where I finished on 2nd position. By aiming for the overall victory everything was set for 8 hard stages battling some of the strongest riders in the world. The Swiss riders Urs Huber (Team Bulls) and Konny Looser (BIXS) were the guys that I had to beat if I wanted to win the race.

We raced against each other like crazy all week. I was maybe lacking a bit of speed after a long season. I tried to follow the two guys and planning to make my move as soon as they would show any weakness in strength. But Huber and Looser never really had any big problems all week long, which made it difficult for me to try my luck. I finished in top 3 on almost every stage. During stage 4 I took a wrong turn on the track caused by sabotage of the marking of the route. After a lot of discussion with the UCI Commissaries I was “punished” with 30. My chance to win the overall was fading due to this decision. I decided to focus on day results instead. Finally I could raise my hands when winning the 130km long stage 6. Wonderful to take my first victory ever in Australia.

Crocodile Trophy has been a really great season ending with a strong 3rd place overall. I really gave it all but in the end I had to be satisfied with my result.

I will now enjoy some time off the bike. My plan is to be back on the cross bike for the 11th of November. I will do like the other years and slowly build up my shape for new MTB season. Normally that means that I will be in good shape by the end of the year, and hopefully I can once again go for the win at the Luxembourgish championships in cyclo-cross. 

Here some links to news and articles from the “Crocodile Trophy”:

http://www.chronicle.lu/category/other-sports/27253-soren-nissen-brings-home-bronze-for-luxembourg-in-crocodile-trophy-2018

http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/crocodile-trophy-2018/stage-6/results/

http://www.sportzhub.com/article/crocodile-trophy-stg-6-soren-nissen-and-sjoukje-dufoer.html

https://theworldnews.net/lu-news/mountainbike-soren-nissen-gett-excellenten-drette-bei-der-crocodile-trophy

http://06.live-radsport.ch/details_219564/Crocodile_Trophy_Soumlren_Nissen_sprintet_auf_laumlngster_Etappe_zum_Sieg_Abstand_zwischen_Huber_und_Looser_unveraumlndert.html

 

Here a video from the Croc race:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOrccAyiX1Q


Best regards,

Sören Nissen

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Luxembourgish Marathon Champion 2018

Hi all,

Hope you had a nice weekend!!

Today I raced the Luxembourgish national championship in MTB Marathon. It was a great day for me as I could take the victory, my first ever Luxembourgish Marathon Champion title. As you know 90 % of my races are Marathons, so this victory really means a lot to me.

For the last few weeks I have been really focused to get in the best possible shape for this race. The race consisted in 75 KM and almost 2000 m of climbing on mostly single trails. Straight from the beginning I was setting the pace and could control the speed more or less like I wanted. Unfortunately in the middle of the race, my back wheel caused some problems with 2 broken spokes. In this way the final turned out a bit more exciting than I had hoped for. With 3 minutes of advantage to the second I had a comfortable lead and the victory was never in real danger.

So now we have to plan a nice layout for the new XCM national champion jersey for next season;-)

I will finish my season while leaving to Australia doing the UCI stage race “Crocodile Trophy” from October 13th to the 20th. After a long and successful season, with 3 off-road national titles (CX, XCO, XCM) all in all, I hope to finish my season on a high level in Australia.

I will keep you updated from Australia and please follow my racing on social media.

Here a link to RTL TV Luxembourg and their rapport from the race: http://www.rtl.lu/sport/1249552.html

Best regards,

Sören Nissen

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Victory at "Skaidi Xtreme" in Norway!

Hello everyone,

Some good news update from the north. On Saturday September 1st, I won “Skaidi Xtreme” for the 3rd time in my career. This race has become within short time one of the most recognised events in Norway. It takes place in a wonderful and really special landscape all up in the Norwegian Finnmark.

This year’s edition was more special than usual as the organisers managed to put together the absolute strongest race field in the race’s history. Multiple Canadian champion Cory Wallace and the British champion Ben Thomas were amongst the strongest riders, beside the very the top of the Norwegian MTB elite.

The race consisted of 3 laps of each time 15 km with 1500 meters of elevation all in all. Due to the really bad and rainy weather the day before the race, the track turned into a muddy field. Racing under these extreme conditions is really challenging as this race is taking place in the most northern part of Europe accessible on a bike. The town “Skaidi” is located on the same degree of latitude as Greenland (have a look at Google;-)). Only the warm Golf current makes it possible for people to live up there. So it is really special!

In order to beat all these strong guys I knew I had to come up with a really good plan and in the same time an aggressive race tactic. That’s what I did from the beginning on. Full speed and attacking every little hill we entered. Technically I am for sure not one of the best riders, but from the previous years’ experiences, I knew that the only chance to win was to make the difference on pure power.

During the first half an hour we were mainly riding on a pretty flat terrain, which made it difficult for me to gain any advantage upon the other riders. After 15 km of racing we entered some more demanding terrain and started to climb the first of 3 longer hills. I followed my plan and went as hard as I could up the hill. On the top only British champion Ben Thomas could follow, but the rest of the competitors were still chasing us behind.

The race was still open and only after the 2nd long climb of the day, I managed to get Ben Thomas off my wheel. I knew that I had to keep up the pace for the last 20 km, trying not to flatten or getting any other mechanical issues.

Everything turned out to be perfect. After a really intense and hard race, I could finally raise my hands as the winner of “Skaidi Xtreme 2018”. This was my 3rd event during my career. It was such an amazing atmosphere at the finish area as so many people came to watch this great event on a sunny day. It was again an unforgettable experience.

Here a little update from the past summer weeks for those who did not follow me on my social media account. It was really exciting and busy time with a lot of travelling, nice memories and good results. In the beginning of August I finished at the 5th position at the UCI Marathon world cup “Montafon M3” in Austria. I stayed in Austria to race the UCI 3 days stage race “Ischgl Iron Bike” the week after. I finished on the 6th spot in the overall classification. End of August I travelled to Nebraska USA to participate in my first ever World Championship of Gravel Racing. After 250 km I proudly crossed the finish line in 7th position. The gravel sport has really gained a lot of popularity in the USA and I am sure that it’s just a matter of time before this discipline strikes Europe!

In the upcoming weeks I will be racing in Germany and Belgium. This will be as preparation for one of my big goals this year, the Luxembourgish MTB marathon championship on the 6th of October.

Se you around,

Sören Nissen

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Luxembourgish National Champion Cross-Country 2018!!!

Hi all,

Hope you had a nice weekend!!

I spent my weekend racing my first cross country national championship ever in Luxembourg, the country I have been representing since the beginning of this year.

I had this race on my mind for the last few months and have been preparing really intense for making a good result on this particular day. I managed to reach one of my biggest goal for the summer by winning the Luxembourgish elite MTB cross country championship in Alzingen.

This has for sure not been an easy challenge as I have spent hours and hours to get the top speed back in the legs for this race. As you know my main discipline is marathon and the training is a lot different than the training for the short track Olympic discipline. So the last 6-7 weeks I have been trying to improve the speed in my trainings. I did motor pace training behind a scooter for 3-4 hours combined with a lot of super intense short hilly intervals a few times a week.

I knew that the track of this year suited me really well and it was only a matter of getting in front of the fast guys who normally win the cyclocross, MTB and road races here in Luxembourg.

The championship on the 21st of July was held on a super difficult track with a lot of turns. There was a 700 meter long hill we had to get up 12 times. I was training a lot on the track in order to know every little corner, stone, root, hill etc.

The start of the race was really fast like always in cross country. During the first few laps I was fighting to get near the front, which took me like 4-5 laps out of 12, as I am a bit of a slow starter. From there on it was just full gas where I tried to make the remaining laps as hard as possible for my opponents. We were racing with high speed and it took me all in all 60 minutes to get rid of last guy Felix Schreiber, who finished 2nd at the cyclocross nationals back in January. After 12 laps of racing I could finally raise my hands and I knew it was my day. I won the race 2 minutes in front of Philippe Bützow and Scott Thiltges, both really strong cyclocross riders.

I am super happy with my victory and how things worked out. Now I will be wearing this beautiful jersey in all cross country events from now on and during the whole next season.

The upcoming weeks will be really tight scheduled. This week I leave to Austria to race the UCI world series race “Montafon M3” on Saturday the 28th July. The week after I participate in the UCI S2 stage race “Ischgl Ironbike Festival” which takes place from the 4th-6th August. After Austria I will fly directly to the US (Newbraska) to do my very best to fight for the world champion jersey in Gravel Racing at the “Gravel Worlds” on the 18th August.

I will of course keep you updated about these events, and you can follow me on my social media accounts.

Here a link to RTL TV Luxembourg and their rapport from the race: http://www.rtl.lu/sport/cyclissem/1213208.html

 

Here a few articles from the Luxembourgish news:

https://www.pressreader.com/luxembourg/le-quotidien-luxembourg/20180723/282278141120436

http://www.rtl.lu/fotoen/30617/photo/

http://www.rtl.lu/sport/cyclissem/1213208.html

https://www.pressreader.com/luxembourg/tageblatt-luxembourg/20180723/281870119227366

Best regards,

Sören Nissen

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Rursee Bike Marathon

Hi everybody,

 

A little update from last Sundays race in Einruhr in Germany.

After some weeks where my focus has been mostly on my training it was once again time to get ready to race in Germany. “Rursee Bike Marathon” consisting of 100km and 2500 meters of climbing was on the program

I knew before the start that there was some really strong riders to look out for. Amongst them the former winner of Cape Epic Robert Mennen from Germany and ex. Merida factory team rider Bas Peters from the Netherlands. With these riders and another handful of strong guys I knew it would be a hard day in the sun.

We started out directly with a sky-high climb over more than one kilometre with 20-25% !!

Like always in German races the pace was high from the beginning. So after the first hour of the race the front group was cut down to just 10 riders. We rode together like that until km 50 where Robbert Mennen thought it was time get the “party started”. Only Bas Peters and I was able to follow this pace and we rode together until the last 30km of the race. I felt really strong on this day even after almost 2000m of climbing, so I decided it was time to try and attack the others. –There was no way that I wanted the race to come down to a sprint finish as I would for sure not win the race like that. So I attacked on the hardest climb on the track. In the beginning I could not get them of my wheel. So I had to continue this crazy pace for another 7-8km before I could get a gab to Peters and Mennen. -But like I said, I felt strong and I could hold a nice gab until the finish line where I could raise my arms as winner of the race.

This was a super nice day for me and a good test before my really big upcoming goals in July. I feel like my shape is good at this point. –I have been doing a lot of hard work and now I can only hope that it’s good enough for the upcoming BIG events.

In July I will have my main focus on the Luxembourgish national championships in cross country where the track seems to fit me perfect this year. A national champion jersey would mean everything to me. Beside the nationals I will go 2 weeks to Austria to race a part of the UCI XCM World Series, “Montafon M3”. The week after I will be starting also in Austria at the UCI S2 stage race “Ischgl Ironbike” were also most of the world elite will be represented. Beside these events I will be starting in marathon races in Benelux and Germany. It may look like a busy summer but I feel ready and in shape to attack the 2nd part of the season.

Last week I got some more good news. In October (13-21) I will once again be starting at the biggest MTB event in Australia, the UC S1 stage race the “Crocodile Trophy”. This year I want to come back to improve my 2nd place from 2015. I believe this is a really nice race to end the season and there is always a huge media coverage from the event.

More Info here: http://www.croctrophy.com/

So a lot of important races in the upcoming weeks, and I really hope to be ready for some super results!

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Uberwald Bike Marathon, Germany

A short update from Luxembourg.

Last Sunday 27-05-2017 I won the “Überwald Bike Marathon” in Siedelsbrunn, Germany. A really nice race on a fast track consisting of 3 laps of 25km with each 500 meters of climbing. So a total of 75 km and 1500 meters of climbing was on the menu.

Like always the races in Germany are super-fast and the start even faster…- like there was no tomorrow! We started uphill for the first 2km and with a super high pace. After the first lap we were only 10 guys left in the front. With temperatures around 30 degrees and a high pace I knew it was only a matter of time before the other riders would start to crack. So the first lap was all about keeping focus and try to stay hydrated before the final.

In the middle of the 2nd lap Sascha Starker from BMC Germany attacked on a hard climb and I was the only one who could follow him. We worked together until the beginning of the final lap where I attacked on the hardest climb of the day. I had to do this as Sascha is a really fast guy and normally races cross country. -So no way that I wanted to drag him home to a sprint finish.

I got a gab immediately and could fast make some distance to Sascha. I finished the race as winner in just below 3 hours of racing and almost 5 min advantage to the 2nd, Sascha Starker. Really nice with this victory on a HOT day and good training here one week before one of my big highlights of the season.

This upcoming Saturday I will race in the US in Kansas at the gravel race called “Dirty Kanza 200”. The race is 200 US miles which means around 330km. In the US this discipline is really booming in the moment and I am really looking forward to try out this new adventure.

For me it’s important that I every year not just to do the same thing again and again. The preparations and expectations for this event has really given me a motivation boost. I will keep you updated about the race via social media.

In the beginning of June I will take it a little “easy” with less travelling and then build up my shape for the national championship in cross country in Luxembourg. This title really means a lot to me and I will do everything I can to be in super shape for July when the start goes.

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Belgian Mountainbike Challenge (BeMC)

Hello,

A little update from the UCI cat. S1 stage race 2018 “Belgian Mountainbike Challenge” (BeMC): 3days - 260km - 8000m+ meters of climbing.

A very big highlight of my season was to go back to “La Roche-en-Ardenne” (Belgium) to fight for glory in this super nice event.

I won the race already back in 2015 and ever since, I have been on the podium on the following year’s editions. That’s why I was also among the big favorites for the overall victory of this year’s edition.

The race is high ranked and categorized as an UCI S1 event. Some really strong riders signed up for the race: Christoph Soukop from Austria and multiple Belgian MTB champion Frans Claes. Other big opponents were cyclocross star like Laurens Sweeck, Quintin Hermans and Wietse Bosmaans.

Here you find the daily race reports:

Stage 1: 84 km – 2450 meter of climbing. Already from the beginning I knew that it will get really though the next days. I planned to make already a good result on the first day, in order to get into the lead of the race. After only 40 km of racing, only 10 guys were left in the front. As the race was really fast since the beginning and I did not feel perfect, I decided to wait. Indeed the final last 20 kilometres consisted in almost 1000 meters of climbing. When we entered this part I knew it was time to make a move. In the beginning only Laurens Sweeck and Frans Claes could follow me. Finally I got rid of them on the next climb with 15 km left to go. I did a solo ride to the finish and won the first stage with more than 1 minute advance to Robbert de Nijs. Great start and great feeling to wear the leader’s jersey during stage 2.

Stage 2: 100 km – 3050 meters of climbing. This stage caused me most difficulties. This stage was really demanding and comparable to a 100 km long cross country event with a billion of turns. In the beginning I still felt good, actually a lot better than expected. Towards the end of the stage, I was still in a 5 man front group. Suddenly, old cross country star Christoph Soukup from Austria attacked. At this point I could feel I had to slow a little down in order to safe some energy for the last stage also. Soukup dropped me during the final kilometres and I finished in 2nd position. Fortunately I could maintain my overall lead.

Stage 3: 67 km – 2300 hm. According to the classification, I was leading 3 minutes in front of Soukup.  As you know 3 minutes advantage turns out to be nothing when you have a bad day or a mechanical problem. Already in the early morning we faced difficult weather conditions: it was raining enormously coupled with temperatures below 10 degrees. As I felt really good since the beginning of the race, I stayed easily in the front group all day long. The track was really heavy from all the rain and I could see my worst opponents starting to suffer in the mud. Towards the end of the stage I started to set a high pace. First Sweeck had to drop, then De Nijs, and in the end it was just Frans Claes and me left in the front. With only 10km to go I attacked with all power on a steep climb. Claes had to let me go. I raced solo until the finish where I could raise my arms as the winner of the stage and the overall winner of the BEMC.

Although I knew from the beginning that this year’s edition would be very difficult due to all the BIG names, I managed to win BEMC for the second time in my career.

As the race has become really important and big in the Benelux region, there was a big interest from the international media (Dutch and Belgian TV and Eurosport Benelux were broadcasting from the event). Some amazing report from this great event will broadcast on Eurosport 1, Thursday May 17th at 22h00 and Sunday May 20th at 10h15!!

 

"Season Warm Up"

A little update from last Sundays season opener in Germany in Solling (Hellental).

Finally we got the XCM season started in Germany. The “season warm up” as the organizer call the race was held on really hilly track consisting of two laps of 34 km with a little more than 1600 meters of climbing. So all in all a good race to start out with: not too long, not too short!

I knew before the start that the riders to look out for were the cross country guy`s from German Team “Rapiro-Focus Racing Team” as the race was held on their home ground. Another strong rider to look out for was Peter Hermann from the big German team Centurion-Vaude.

We started out directly with a sky-high climb over more than one kilometre with 20-25% !!

Like always in German races the pace was super high from the beginning. So after the first lap we were left only 5 riders in the front group. I felt really strong on this day so as we went out on the 2nd lap it was time to make my move, and I attacked on the hardest climb on the track. I got a nice gab to the rest of the group and from there on I put a high pace until the finish line.

This was a super nice day for me and a good test before my really big upcoming goals in April. I feel like my shape is good at this point of the year. –I have done all the hard work and now I can only hope that it’s good enough for the upcoming BIG events..

Next weekend I will race the European championship in XCM in Italy “Tiliment Marathon” which is also my first time representing my new nation Luxembourg in an international marathon race.

More Info here: http://tilimentmarathonbike.it/

The week after the European championship I will be racing the UCI Marathon world cup “Roc d`Ardenne” in Houffalize, Belgium. I already won this race 3 times and of course I hope to make it a 4th time. In May it`s once again time for the biggest MTB stage race in Benelux the “Belgian MTB Challenge (BeMC)

So a lot of important races in the upcoming weeks, and I really hope to be ready for some super results!

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"La Grande Hallonienne"

Hello,

Today I raced the season opener in Belgium, the MTB marathon “La Grande Hallonienne”.

75km and 1900 meter of climbing. -A really hard race to start out the north European season!

Big stars like Mathieu, and David Van der Poel was amongst the riders to beat in this year’s season opener in Belgium. -Rain and cold was on the menu! –I knew that even before the race!

After only 20 km of the race we were only 3 guys left in the front, Van der Poel, Joris Massaer and me. We raced like this for another 15 km before I had to drop the group after technically problems. –-A piece of metal wire got stuck in my back wheel, and I broke 2 spokes..

I was chasing like a crazy to come back to the front, but in the end I had to be satisfied with 2nd position, less than 3min. after Mathieu Van der Poel.

Having in mind all the work and training being done in the last few weeks, I can only be satisfied with this result.

Like I told you last time, the month of February and March has been spend riding a “billion” of KM`s on the road in order to get ready to the MTB season kick-off here in Northern Europe.

Today’s race in Belgium showed me that I am on my right way in order to reach my top shape for the important upcoming events.

Next week I will be racing the “Warm up Marathon” in Solling, the season opener in Germany. After this race I have the European championship in Italy, before the UCI XCM Series “Roc d`Ardenne” the week after.

From here on the season is running more or less until October.

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4 Stage MTB Lanzarote

Hi all,

Thank you all for your nice greetings after the race here at Lanzarote!!!

I had a super nice week with some great racing on the volcanic island of Lanzarote at the UCI Stage race “4 stage MTB Lanzarote” Pwb Club La Santa!

Best of all was to proof that all the hard work this winter has payed of and that I am already now on a really high level for when the season starts in northern Europe!

Like you know I ended up on the 2nd place overall after Spanish Cross Country star Sergio Mantecon (Trek Factory Racing) The last spot on the podium went to Austrian XCO Champion Karl Markt. Actually this was the exact same overall result as in 2017, so that is a good indication of the start of a new great season.

55 sec. was all I was missing in order to beat Mantecon, and that after 4 days of hard battle on the rocky island of Lanzarote. But I think we gave a great show to the spectators and the organisers of the race. Every day people was telling me how they would race if they were in my position, so that was quit fun.

During the 4 days of racing I and my team tried all we could to get Mantecon “off” the podium, but in the end he was just a little too strong.

I knew I only had two chances to beat Mantecon: Stage 1 and 3. The rest of the stages was simply impossible to ride away alone due to the wind and not much climbing. On stage 1 I attacked like a crazy and actually I got almost a minnute gab to Mantecon and the rest of the guy`s. But in the end the 42 km alone in the super windy conditions was to hard to ride all alone. I finished the stage in 2nd position but still 7 sec. in front of Mantecon. 

Stage 3 was like every year a 50 min. time trial. I had really hoped that the wind would be less on this stage, but instead we had like crazy storm on the whole stage. On this stage I came in 2nd again around 1 min. after Mantecon. I knew this was my last chance if I wanted to win, so on stage 4 there was nothing else to do than execept my 2nd. position in the overall. 

We had a great week at Lanzarote and all the guys I invited with me to Lanzarote did all they could to help out for a good overall result. Special thanks to Christian Pfäffle(GER) (Stevens Racing), Gerben Moss (NED), Greg Saw (AUS) and Bjarki Bjarnasson (ICE).

The race this year has been signed up as UCI stage race event which counts for the UCI Cross Country ranking, means that all the best riders from Spain, Portugal etc. had found their way to this event. All 4 stages was raced with a super high pace and sometimes it made me think back to my road days.  Every day was a fight to stay in the front on the small and narrow roads, but it worked out every day and I believe I have to be happy with my 2nd overall.

The plan for the next few weeks is now to have a little “rest” (a billion of KM`s on the bike back home in Luxembourg -J)

After my national cyclo-cross champion title in Luxembourg and all the winter cross racing, I think it is  good to focus for some weeks on proper quality training in order to be at my best level for when the season starts for real in northern Europe.

Review from Spanish TV of the 2018 "4 Stage MTB Lanzarote"

http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/mountain-bike/mountain-bike-four-stage-mtb-lanzarote-2018/4469113/

 Here some articles from the race from around the world:

https://esmtb.com/stevens-sonora-soren-nissen/

https://bttlobo.com/david-rosa-3o-na-1a-etapa-da-4-stage-mtb-lanzarote/

https://www.todomountainbike.net/art/sergio-mantecon-e-isla-short-se-llevan-la-club-la-santa-4-stage-mountain-bike-race-lanzarote-2018

http://lanzaroteesd.com/sergio-mantecon-e-isla-short-campeones-del-4-stage-mtb-lanzarote-2018/

 https://esmtb.com/4-stage-mtb-lanzarote-karl-markt/

 

Video from every stage:

Stage 1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP_jrlxT1rs

Stage 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpbBREQ4dMI

Stage 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2RDc9T7vCc

Stage 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e0wNQWKOlg

Final overview of the whole race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e0wNQWKOlg

 

All for now!! -See you around!!

Best regards,

Sören Nissen

 

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Luxembourgish Cyclo-Cross Champion!!!

Hi all,

Hope you had a nice weekend!! Luxembourgish Cyclo-Cross Champion!!!

I spent my weekend racing my first ever cyclo-cross national championship in Luxembourg, the country I will represent from now on.

-It was amazing winning the Luxembourgish elite cyclo-cross championship in Kayl. I managed to reach my big goal during the winter.

I started with the first cross races in the middle of November after 2 weeks of break from the bike.  My performance level was not that good in the beginning. As the days and weeks went past I always got stronger and stronger. In the middle of December I was up in the top 5 ranking in most of the races. All though I was still missing the last power to reach a victory. In the beginning of January I started to feel really good in training.

The championship on the 13th of January was held on a super difficult track with a lot of turns, small hills and an incredible inferno of mud. I was training a lot on the track in order to know every little corner, stone, root. The start of the race was really fast like always. As I do not have many UCI points in Cross I had to start in the middle of the field. I had to change my bike in each of the 9 laps. Thanks again to my team and helpers.

The first few laps were one big fight. First I had to catch up with the first riders until I got there after 5 laps. From there on it was just full gas where I tried to make the last few laps as hard as possible for my opponents. We were racing like crazy and only in the very last lap I got the last guy off my wheel. I could rise my hands and I knew it was my day. I won the race 5 sec. in front of the 2nd (and winner of the U-23 ranking) Felix Schreiber.

I am super happy with my win and how things worked out already in the beginning of the new year. I will be wearing this beautiful jersey in all cyclo-cross races during the whole next season.

On Sunday I will leave for Lanzarote where I race the first MTB stage race of the season, the UCI S2 “4 Stage MTB Lanzarote”. I hope I will be ready to fight for the overall title, as I finished 2nd last year and also won back in 2015. After Lanzarote there will be a little break before the season starts for real here in northern Europe.

Here a few articles from the Luxembourgish news:

https://www.wort.lu/de/sport/cyclocross-nissen-wird-erstmals-luxemburger-meister-5a5a2ab6c1097cee25b7bc54

http://www.tageblatt.lu/headlines/kess-holt-den-titel-bei-den-junioren/

https://www.lequotidien.lu/sports/soren-la-surprise/

http://www.lessentiel.lu/fr/sports/sports_luxembourgeois/story/21670944

Here from RTL TV Luxembourg: http://www.rtl.lu/sport/cyclissem/1119089.html

 

Have a nice evening,

Best regards,

Sören

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