UCI MTB World Cup Lenzerheide
Actually, I've decided to start only again at a XCO World Cup when I have more UCI points and don't have to start with a bib number over 100. However, it was also clear to me that I wouldn't miss my home World Cup. The atmosphere in Lenzerheide was just great and I enjoyed meeting so many of my sponsors and suppliers at the Bike Expo in the days before the race. I was very happy to take the time for this and to miss an optimal race preparation. For me, there's simply nothing better than meeting my supporters live at a race.
Probably all these great meetings and conversations gave me additional energy and despite the not quite optimal preparation I could achieve my best result at an XCO World Cup in the elite category. I could hardly believe it, because I really rode with the starting number 131 to the 44th place. My lap times were also extremely consistent and on the last laps I even had lap times in the top-25. It's just incredible to ride such a race in front of my home crowd and to be loudly cheered on for over ninety minutes. Thank you very much!
Despite the good result, I will stick to my existing plan and concentrate in the next few weeks on the E-XCO World Championships in Les Gets and then try to improve further in the world ranking. With my 44th place I could already make a big jump in the world ranking and above all I will take the good feeling into my world championship preparation.