European Champs Chies d Alpago

All my hopes to finally ride a good international race at the European championships in Chies d Alpago in Italy evaporated when the race just has started: After 200m I went down an continued the race next to last… So I had to wait in the traffic before the singletrails a few times in the first 5.5 km long and physically pretty demanding lap. In this situations I thought ‚Well, maybe the good result is gone, but at least you can ride a good race‘. So I just left everything I had in the six lap long race, overtook a couple of riders and even a slow puncture with the necessary wheelchange in the middle of the race did not demotivate me. Sure the 37th place in the end was not what I was after but somehow I’m ok with my performance and my racing felt good. But all in all I’m pretty teed off and would look forward to some better luck again soon…

The defending champion Julien Absalon of France took the title again ahead of Swiss Lukas Flückiger. Manuel Fumic won bronze and so the German national team had an other big success also in the last race of the European championships.

Now I really want a good race next week at the Worldcup in Canada in Mt St Anne finally…