Lenzerheide World Cup

25 Jul

Lenzerheide was something new for me because I was for the first time there. It is a mountain resort in the canton of Graubunden, Switzerland, really close to the city of Chur.

The trip was pretty long, so with Simona we’ve decided to visit Alex K. near Salzburg. We’ve had the chance to visit the city and the surrounding area including the Hangar 7 and the RedBull HQ. For sure it was something worth seeing. You don’t see everyday F1 cars and airplanes so close.

The next day we’ve continued our trip to Lenzerheide via Lichtenstein. Slower but with nice villages and landscapes and without paying the highway toll (40CHF saved).

We’ve made it in the afternoon. Before reaching the camping we’ve met one of my friends Cristi who came with his family to watch the race (that was a great surprise). The camping was nice especially if you don’t stay next to the river. After a good sleep took the bike and went to find the race office witch wasn’t too easy. Some of the volunteers didn’t knew English (and I don’t know German) and one of them sent me in to the opposite direction. Solved this too, got my race number and went straight to the course.

First impression: if I didn’t find all the roots at Vatra Dornei a week before, there were all here. So a lot of roots, but otherwise great course, technical, with some nice jumps, turns and climbs. I really love it.

I had the time to do enough laps on the course in order to learn the best lines for me so I was prepared. Anyway on Sunday, before the start I was very nervous. I was feeling good and ready to do a good race, with as many laps as possible. I knew I had to give 150%. Everything went well until the second lap just 150m after the tech zone in a corner the tire jumped off the rim. I started to panic. Pedaling on a flat tire wasn’t faster then running but I did my best to reach again the next tech zone. Unfortunately I didn’t as Nino Schurter caught me just before the 80% area.

The mix of emotions was huge as I started to feel hopeless and disappointed. 99th is far from my best World Cup result and also from my best performance.

I’ve learned so many things from this experience and I think that will be useful in the future.

Last but not least I would like to thank my family, especially my wife Simona for being next to me even if I had a good or bad day, to my dad for borrowing me his car, to Alex and Julia for a great pit stop in Salzburg and to my sponsors for making this experience possible.

Stay tuned, the report from the Nationals will come soon.




Photos: Simona Sabau



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