I had a medium start into the race but was able to bridge up to the leaders at the end of lap 1. hard attacks followed by pretty tactical moments made the group go bigger and smaller in different moments, but in the second half of the race it was @lukfluck @borybiker @taimenrueegg @_lorisrouiller_ and me duking it out in front. i was mostly able to ride in a good position to react in case of an attack, and was never in real trouble to lose contact with the rest of the leaders.
in the last lap i got onto rouillers wheel while everyone behind started to get little gaps, but i lost direct contact in the last part of the forest, and he stormed onto the finishing straight with a gap of a few meters, something i could not close anymore.
when i lose a race in the last few seconds the night afterwards is not always the best because i get constant flashes of the decisive moments and feel a little „what if...“-mood, but i try to overwrite these thoughts with the moments of the race that really kicked me to get back to 100% positivity:
1. jumping the barriers during the whole race was a big goal for me here, because you can‘t carry to much speed running uphill and that helped me every lap to keep me in a good position.
2. bridging up from no man‘s land in half a lap, arriving on the wheels and thinking „ok NOW we can start racing“.
3. feeling the energy of the spectators when it‘s such a tight race with ups and downs for everyone‘s favourite rider. these are not the easy ones when you cheer for one rider, but the most fantastic ones if you came for the sheer action and spectacle our sport offers, only centimeters away across the tape from where you watch, chat, eat and drink.
when someday in the near future the young guns will hold our flags even higher on the international circuit, i‘ll be crazy proud i could still keep up with them, like i came home proud 15 years ago when i could hold the wheels of the then state of the art riders and pass them from time to time.
„when loris rouiller won his first international elite race, i was the one who could follow him longer than anyone else“ sounds okay to me...
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