31. Int. Hahnenkamm Mountainbikerennen (AUT) 15.08.2019 „report“

We had to ride 9 km and 900 hm up to the Hahnenkamm Stüberl. The start took place at 11.00 o’clock in Kitzbühel. During the race I felt good, but never really got into the race. I couldn’t find any rhythm for the mountain, so I gradually lost time compared to the overall winner. I still had fun riding the race, with strong opponents and finally I managed to win in my category.

picture: (c)Mayer

Kronplatzking – PRINCE CLASSIC (ITA) 21.07.2019 „report“

The start was at 8.30 o’clock in St. Vigil. I had to ride 49 km and 2,150 hm. The special feature of the marathon is that the finish is a „mountain arrival“ at the Kronplatz on 2.275hm.

I can say, I did well throughout the whole race. Rode my rhythm from the beginning and had a good pressure on the pedal till the end. In the overall the race wasn’t perfect, but nevertheless I am very satisfied with my performance. I was able to finish with the overall 2nd place.

For me the marathon is one of the best I know.  The track is awesome and the area is one of the most beautiful. It’s a pleasure to be there at the start.

Thanks again to the family Call for the gorgeous accommodation in the Excelsior Dolomites Life Resort. I can recommend it to everyone!

pictures: (c)Mayer, (c)KronplatzKing FB Page

2. Kitzbüheler Horn Bike Attack (AUT) 12.07.2019 „report“

The 2nd Kitzbüheler Horn Bike Attack took place during the 71. Österreich Rundfahrt. A separate race on the last stage day. At that race you “only“ had to climb at the Kitzbüheler Horn, Austria’s steepest cycling mountain. Around 150 cyclists rode the 7.1km and 874hm in ideal conditions. The maximum gradient of up to 22.3% demanded everything from all athletes.

The later winner Pammer Rene, the second Hoffman Wolfgang and myself attacked immediately after the start. Instantly we had a gap against our rivals. I had to let them ride before the toll station, because the rhythm was a bit too fast for me. Currently I am not the lightweight in cycling, so perhaps I had more respect from the mountain than before. I divided my power for the middle part well until I rode full speed for the last 2km. With the maximum ramp of 22.3% I had no problem. Until the finish I had a good push on the pedal and finished the race as 3rd in a time of 33:17.

pictures: (c) Kitzbichler, (c) Trainer Reinhard, ImFokus & adabei

24. Kitz Alp Bike Marathon (AUT) 29.06.2019 „report“

At hot temperatures the start took place over the Exterme distance / 67 KM & 3.150 HM / at 09.00 o’clock in Brixen i. T.. I knew that I would hardly reach the finish with temperatures around 30°C on the moutain without the official refreshment stations. At the Kitz Alp Bike Marathon you can start the race very calmly, because of the perfect organization.

I felt very good despite the two races during the week. The first climb up to the Choralpe I rode with my pace, so as not to overturn in the heat. Unfortunately I got a puncture in the first downhill. The air escaped steadily on the rear tire, unfortunately the sealant does not seal for 100%. As a result, I had to put a tube in the rear tire to solve the problem. High up to the “Ochsalm Berg” I tried to find my rhythm again, which also succeeded very well. At the time I didn’t know how far I was behind the first and rode a fast training pace for me. I thought I couldn’t get the win, after that I rode to the finish without making me pressure. In the first descent of the “Ehrenbachhöhe” I had a small crash, this hardly handicapped me in the race, I had just a few grazes.

During the whole race I felt very good and when I reached the finish I couldn’t believe that I was in the overall 7th. Just over 15 minutes behind the winner, with a race time of about 4 hours.

picture: (c) Erwin Haiden; bikeboard.at

 

10. Bundespolizeimeisterschaften / Road (AUT) 27.06.2019 „report“

The start took place at 09.00 o’clock. In fact that it barely cooled down under 30°C during the night, the temperatures were higher than the day before. You had to ride about 92 km with 280 hm. For me the track could have had more altitude meters, however I was satisfied especially with the final lap, because there was the opportunity to make a decision. Briefly summarized I got the best possible result for me in this tactical race, namely the 3rd place. I am very satisfied that I still had such good legs on the second day.

pictures: (c)Anni Meixner, (c)Erwin Vögele

10. Bundespolizeimeisterschaften / Mountainbike (AUT) 26.06.2019 „report“

The „Bundespolizeimeisterschaften“ are held every two years, in the Summer and Winter alternating by occurring every two years but one years apart.

For the 8.6 km and 800 hm the start took place at 09.00 o’clock. Despite the hot temperatures during the the last few days, at the start the temperature was pleasant for me. The track was very steep right from the beginning. It just flattened halfway for about two kilometers. Finally, you had to master a short descent before you passed the finish.

I attacked immediately after the start was released and I won the race with a solo ride. I felt very good during the race and was able to achieve an excellent performance.

pictures: (c)Anni Meixner, (c)Bruno Guttmann, (c)Erwin Vögele, (c)Mayer Michael

32. Dolomiten Radrundfahrt (AUT) 09.06.2019 „report“

With a fantastic cycling weather the start took place at 09.30 o’clock in Lienz. This year there was a „Time Out Strecke“ in the Lesachtal, because the actual main road wasn’t able to ride. On the bypass you had to complete on a gravel road, which was why the time was temporarily stopped for safety reasons.

The first flat section of the race was slow, till the attacks started at the Gailtalsattel. The pace increased, which formed a top group of about 10 riders. At the beginning I managed all attacks. During that I remembered that this was my first race this season. I didn’t want to ride over my limit at the first climb, so I opened a gap at the end of the Gailtalsattel. My plan was that I will close the gap in the descent which succeeded. I felt good when we rode (about 12 riders) into the Lesachtal. The speed raised again, but I rode my own rhythm. Two others riders joined my journey. Suddenly I got shifting problems, which irritated but didn’t bother me. I only thought more when the rear derailleur stopped moving. It was about 5km, with 30 crank turns per minute away from to the „Time Out Strecke“. Fortunately, I lost no time while I fixed the problem. Why the electronic rear derailleur didn’t work was pretty fast clear. My shift handle slipped a bit down and so the contact broke. I plugged it in again and everything worked well. During this time the first larger pursuit group passed me and I just joined in the next one. From that time on it didn’t make sense to ride alone, because you had completed nearly the most altitude meters and you had to fight on the final kilometers against a headwind. So I finished the race with this group and got overall 14th and 6th in my category. The only pity was that we/I had the top group in sight when I had the shifting problems. Otherwise the event was great like every year.

pictures: (c) Privat, (c)EXPA Pictures 2018 PhotoCredit EXPA Peter Gruber; FB-Page: LRC-Dolomitenradrundfahrt

Wings for Life World Run (AUT) 05.05.2019 „report“

This year I joined the Wings for Life World Run for the first time. I completed the run in Trins as an apprun. In contrast to the bad weather, the app worked perfectly. I really want to encourage you to join the run as well next year. It was a huge pleasure and all for the good cause. I never thought that I would run 31.64 kilometers. I have never run so far, but the run made it possible.

pictures: (c) Eder Stefan

KitzAlpBike Festival – Marathon (AUT) 23.06.2018 „report“

At 8.00 o’clock the start from the Kitzalpbike Marathon (distance: extreme) took place. We had to complete 58km and 2.700hm. I felt better than during the hillclimb, but my legs were not perfect that day. I rode my pace over the whole distance and was able to finish with the overall 6th place. The trails were great so at least this part was great.

pictures: (c) Erwin Haiden_Bikeboard_Bildbericht_KitzAlpBike_Marathon_2018

KitzAlpBike Festival – 11. Int. VAUDE MTB-HillClimb (AUT) 20.06.2018 „report“

As every year, I rode the Hillclimb in Brixen. The 6km with 500hm were very hard for me this year. I had a bad day and really struggled to the finish. I was able to enter the 5th place in my category. The event was like every year great!

pictures: (c) Erwin Haiden_Bikeboard_Bildbericht_Hillclimb_Brixen_2018

31. Dolomiten Radrundfahrt (AUT) 10.06.2018 „report“

We started in Lienz under good weather conditions at 09.30 o’clock. The pace was not that high at the beginning, but I couldn’t hold the first group of three riders again. In the entrance to the Lesachtal we then rode with full speed and there the three escaped me. Then I really wanted to catch up when the terrain flattened a bit. Unfortunately I wasn’t successful. I wasted too much energy with that action and I could no longer hold the chasing group in Obertilliach. About 5km before the finish, the second group of chasers caught me and I took the overall 12th place.

picture: (c)_Expa_Pictures_31_Dolomitenradrundfahrt_2018

Glocknerkönig (AUT) 3.6.2018 „report“

The start for the Glocknerkönig took place at 07.00 o’clock, with far more than 2.000 other cyclists. From Bruck to the finish at the Fuschertörl (2445hm) we had to ride 27 km and 1694 hm. Under perfect weather conditions, I was able to finish with the overall 7th place. My time was 1: 24.35. Until the toll station I was able to ride in the first group, but then the pace was just too high for me. I rode my rhythm up to the finish. I am very satisfied with the race and I am looking forward to the next ones.

picture: (c) Glocknerkönig – Das Radevent – Facebookpage

21. Int. ASVÖ – HRINKOW MTB-CITY-KRITERIUM (AUT) 26.05.2018 “Eventvideo – RTV”

picture: (c) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang Team.Facebookpage

21. Int. ASVÖ – HRINKOW MTB-CITY-KRITERIUM (AUT) 26.05.2018 „report“

As last years winner I had again strong competitors, who stood opposite me. From the beginning the pace was high and the track in the old town of Steyr didn’t make it easier either. Shortly before the half of the race Daniel Federspiel and I opened a gap. The pace increased again. On this day Federspiel was stronger. I got back to the pursuers and preferred to focus on them. Finally I finished on the second place behind the double world champion Daniel Federspiel. I am very satisfied with my performance, because Andreas Graf, Track-European and Vice World Champion,  plus Worldcup winner, the former State Champion Andreas Hofer and Mountain Vice-Champion Patrick Bosman were behind me.

pictures:  (c) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang Team.Facebookpage

3. Imster Radmarathon (AUT) 20.05.2018 „report“

For the start of the season, the 110 km and 2300 hm were hard for me, but you have to get the race hardness at some point. There is the important perception. I am basically satisfied with the result, but the legs weren’t accustomed  to the permanent high speed. I couldn’t ride with full speed because my muscles aren’t adapted yet. Luckily it gets better race by race! I finished overall 21st / in my category with the 10th place. This was not the result of the placement I hoped for, but I am satisfied with the time. Just a bit over ten minutes to winner Spögler Michael (ITA) who had a time of 3:14:39.

picture: (c)sportograg.facebookpage.imst