Bundesliga race two
Racing in Germany!
If you have read my last race report from Cremona you would know that I am now racing each weekend in a variety of races. If you haven’t read it, stop what your doing and have a browse now. I have raced three weekends straight now and I couldn’t be happier, the life is amazing and I am able to race on the toughest and most spectacular courses for Triathlon in the world.
Two weeks ago I hit the road again with a big ALZ team heading to Schomberg for the third LBS-LIGA race of the season just 1hr away from our base. I was again racing in Division one and we were ready to defend our lead in the overall team’s category and I myself would try hold an overall top three as an Individual. We had been warned by other athletes that this course wasn’t for the faint hearted, it was an Olympic distance race with an 18% 800m climb directly out of transition which eventuated into a three lap extremely hilly bike course.
The tough course became even tougher with it being one of the hottest days in the south of Germany since I have been here. There was a field of eighty who ran into the water for the 1500m fresh water swim to begin the race. I had a good swim coming out eighth fastest and before I knew it
I was in a breakaway of five including Daniel Unger and Cedric Osterle the two who beat me in the first LBS-LIGA race. We stayed away for 36/40km and then we were caught by a bunch of eight athletes. Cedric and myself hit the run hard but were soon caught by Daniel Unger at the 3km mark of the run. I could feel the heat getting to me and my body starting to run out of energy so with 4km to go I attacked twice but was caught both times, they then attacked me with 2.5km to go and I finished third for a second time. Next time we race I am determined to change that podium around.
The race was over and it was time to recover and get read for my first Individual Bundesliga race the following week. I never seem to pick the easiest races but that’s what I strive for. The race was held in Schliersee a very traditional yet gob smashingly scenic and beautiful town in the south-east of Germany. Fair to say I was still feeling the effects of the previous weekend but never the less I was super excited. The Bundesliga is the National German Triathlon League, which you race for a team, sixteen in total. The swim was 1km in a lake, then a 40km hilly and technical bike course that finishes with a 4km climb to the top of a mountain where you then run 6.6km off road. For myself the course itself was getting me excited let alone racing on it.
I expected a rough and tough swim with eighty starters including, Ivan Vasiliev, Laurent Vidal, Sebastian Rank, Stefan Justus, and Will Clarke. I sure wasn’t disappointed; it was no doubt the toughest swim I have done this season. However I was slipped into the bunch nicely and by the time we got onto the bike and we had been riding for 5km I was in the lead group. After riding hard through the mid section of the course we got to the bottom of the last climb with a bunch of around fifteen. Everyone attacked from the word go and by the time we were 2km in it was a break of three at the front and then myself, Vidal, and Clarke behind chasing. As we neared the summit I just dropped off the back where we rode through cheering spectators lining the road with a meter and a half gap to ride through, “for a triathlete this was our Tour de France” as Vidal said before the race. I got off the bike in sixth and for the first time in a long time I felt like I could run apart from the cramps and I managed to be in a sprint finish for 4th but finishing 5th overall.
It has been a great two weekends of racing across the south of Germany with great friends and teammates but I am now off to Holten, Netherlands for an ITU European cup where I hope to carry my good form into the race. If you have any questions you want to ask me about how I am going or what I am getting up to I would love to have a chat.
Before I bid you farewell for another week I would like to take the opportunity to thank my sponsors, 2XU, Look Cycles, Active Physiotherapy Launceston, and The Jail House Grill. Of course no athlete can get anywhere without a great support crew of family and friends, so thanks for everything.