Hope you are doing great out there and enjoying the last days of this incredible nice weather we have had this fall.
At this moment I should normally be boarding my plane to Brazil in order to race “Brazil Ride”.
But I am sorry to let you know that a stupid crash has ruined my chances to go and race this great event. Normally I don’t make many mistakes while racing. Until now I only faced some smaller crashes but I never have had anything serious the las 5 years...
This time it is unfortunately a little more complicated as an IRM scan of my right leg has shown a minor fracture. If you can talk about good news in this case: I only have a little crack in the bone. After visiting different sports specialists all week long, I got the final verdict: 2-3 weeks off the bike before I can start up again.
Even if my last race of the season (Brazil Ride) is not going to work out, I am actually happy that the crash is not going to have any influence on my preparations for next year.
I will now rest like the doctors have told me, and then I will be back soon on the bike again doing training and cyclo-cross races here in Luxembourg during winter.
My accident happened last Sunday on October 9th 2016 where I did the biggest marathon MTB event here in Luxembourg “The Red Rock Challenge”. This race is also the official Luxembourgish Marathon Championship. As I am living in Luxembourg, it is an important event for me to take part in, in order that people also get to know me here*;)
We have been doing only 15 km from 80km when I had my stupid crash while hitting a tree on a steep downhill. -Yes, it did hurt like hell but there were no bruises on the knee, so I thought, except the pain, all is good. After 1h 30m of chasing, I came back in the front together with former Post-Swiss rider Christian Poos from Luxembourg. I stayed with Poos for the next 20km trying to convince myself that my leg was ok. I thought it was hurting more due to the cold temperature (5 degrees).
With 15 km to the finish I dropped Poos on a long climb and could ride solo into the finish in Esch-Belval (which is also the finish area for the cyclocross World Championship in January 2017). Super nice to win the race in front of the best Luxembourgish riders. Congrats to Christian Poos for his new Champion title, I actually think he almost has been winning all titles possible in the Elite category in Luxembourg in his career: road, road time trial, cyclocross and now XCM MTB.
After the podium ceremony I went home to rest and it was actually first the next morning where I tried to get on my bike. I could immediately feel that something was not good with my leg. I managed to ride for 20km then I had to call a friend of mine who took me to hospital. I have spent more or less the whole week since monday in various hospitals. Now I know how things are and I have already a clear plan how to get back in the game.
I am sorry to end the year like this. Last year's “Crocodile Trophy” in Australia was something really special and I would have loved to end my season with a similar big adventure in Brazil.
Thank you all for a great season with a lot of victories and great results on the MTB. You will be hearing from me soon!!