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!