3 start plus 7 laps, 33km, 17.8km/h average speed
3rd place, 1.46min behind winner Julien Absalon
I was a super hot day, where you rather spend your time in a cold lake. But I don't want to complain. I love sun, heat and sweat!
As every year, this race turns out like a mini world cup when it comes to competitors, organization and spectators. Although this year we had not so much, since for most people it was simply too hot to come up to Bern's house mountain.
I was pretty well placed coming up the last time on the start loop, but I got tangled up with a other handle bar and I almost came to a stop. I was in the middle of nowhere for the first lap, but finally moved up to third. My race speed was solid fast for the entire race. Missed out some freshness though due hard training the last two weeks.
Bern it is a very demanding race, and towards the end it split up the field up completely.
By the way I was racing on the brand new Specialized Renegade 1.9 again. This tire is a real weapon, and my favorite for dry conditions. So fast rolling, amazing predictable grip and sure light too. I had super fun on the downhills, and I could make up time in those sections.
Now I spend a few more days at home, until I travel to Estonia for a Cross Country and a Marathon race. From there straight to Israel's Euro Champs. Looking forward to it!