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