I feel like I'm living two lives. On Thursday morning I was at work giving a talk as part of our weekly seminars and finishing up some experiments in the lab. At lunch time I hit the road to Lenzerheide in Switzerland. In the afternoon, I had set up camp on the campground and ridden my first three laps of the course. There were plenty of technical challenges (e.g. 2x 1-meter drops, log rides, ...) and I decided it would be better to tackle them the next day when I was fresh and less tiered.
The scenery around the race village was stunning and the course was fun and challenging with a good mix of steep climbs and very rooty, flat sections.
Impressive setting for the course and race village.
On Friday evening my German support 'family' arrived. They set up the rest of our camp (thanks to Joos Bikeshop Radolfzell). Steffi 'the camp mum' cooked vegan meals and snacks and Thomas looked after my bike!
Vegan cookies and bliss balls.
Private mechanic on the job
By Sunday I was all set to race eager to put the last 5 weeks of training into practice. I felt so much better than in La Bresse and found myself in the middle of the field after the start. As usual we ended up in a big pile of bikes and people on the first descent. I was right in the middle of it but no damage done. I focused on my own race and had super consistent lap times resulting in a 52nd place. I'm happy with my improvements and looking forward to the German National Champs next week.