European Championships Silvelle
with lots of rain on friday and lots of riders on the course the start-finish straight was pretty much the only part of the course that was rideable during our training. the organisers did a good job with moving some of the course into „new“ grass, as did the sun, drying the mud into sticky glue. wherevthey didn‘t do such a great job was the washing area in the pits, where 5 minutes before the first race the teams were finally allowed to bring their own equipment(pressure cleaners and generators).
with the limited amount of training time on the course and the quickly changing conditions(mud drying more and more) it was a gamble for tire threads, where to change bikes and how often, which parts are faster with riding or running. good amount of question marks to have at the start line🙈
i had a medium start but didn‘t panic and tried to see what the riders in the front do in certain parts of the course while i was stuck in traffic jam here and there. that way i could handle the course after the first lap and switch to a less aggressive tire thread(more slippery but picks up a lot less mud and has less rolling resistance). behind the first 15 riders there was a gap pretty soon and with half the race done i battled with @stevechainel for 17th, but had to let him go with 2,5 laps to go and that was also where i ended up: 18th spot.
i‘m happy with my race,with the way i handled the special preparation and the way i battled the course that would have been really cool for me when dry, but also in this day and age i‘m not one for the muddy tracks...
has to be mentioned that all the mechanics did one hell of a job, risking friendships for a place to clean a bike lap after lap. nice that they have the same mentality as we do: after the finish line we‘re all friends again! you guys are legends and this sport would not be possible without all of you!!!
thanks to @swisscyclingteam for the great support in italy, and to the tifosi who made a great athmosphere along the course for all the athletes!
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