The start took place at 08:00 o’clock and the muggy weather with 30°C in the uphills made it difficult. This year I completed the extreme distance with 58 km and 2.700 hm. The start took place with the ultra distance at 08:00 o’clock. The legs felt cumbersome from the start. I led my competitors in the first climb, high to the Choralpe. Actually, I rode almost the whole climb (1000 hm), with my pace, in the first position up. Thus, the field selected quite quickly, which wasn’t my plan. I tried to find my rhythm. As already mentioned, my legs were not good and I tried to get them in momentum, which I unfortunately didn’t manage. Shortly before the mountain, I reduced the pressure. Longo Toni (later winner / ultra-distance / 4:19:42) and two other riders got a gap. I also noticed that it will not be easy today, because my legs were already so painful. The first climb was a real pain for my head and it was certainly not going to be easier with the temperatures. I rode the further climbs up with my pace and didn’t pay attention to the competitors. The Ochsalm Berg and the Hahnenkamm are difficult enough. I have never been so happy about the descents as in this race. Not only because they are terrific to ride. On the last run, from the Fleckalm to the finish, I was able to secure the fastest time among the top racers in the classes. At the extreme distance I could get the overall 5th place. The time of 3:14:29 was okay for me, I was happy to have reached the finish. I had just a bad day.
pictures: (c) NoSane; Daniela Maier (2)