1st Place in the Tuggen Challenge

It’s been a good weekend of racing! My team http://www.stct.ch won the Tuggen Challenge outright, and dominated all races, Time Trial, Road Race and both men’s and women’s categories.

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For me, the competition was not against the other women in the end as the turnout was very poor, so it was against myself, my demons and the men. For that is what Granfondo is all about, everyone together in one big mish-mash of elbowing and fun racing.

Stage 1 – Saturday – 10km Time Trial

I rode my first ever time trial yesterday – 10km at ‘voll gas’ as they say in Switzerland. My goal was to maintain an average of 40 kilometres per hour, and I achieved it! Even better – at 41.15kmph. My finishing time was 14.58 and, because I didn’t have a time trial bike, aero helmet, and wheels – I could take advantage of a 30 second bonus which brought me in at 14.28 and the winner by well over a minute.

The TT on Strava


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TT Results

Stage 2 – Sunday – Road Race

Today then was Stage 2. 4 laps of 14.7 km with a steep, big hill in each one of those rounds. I was nervous coming into the event because it has been raining a lot, the roads are really narrow and it could have been mayhem. Luckily they were dry for us, and the peloton broke up pretty early in the event so I rode in the 2nd group with about 20 riders for most of the way.

My legs were in really great shape and I never really felt uncomfortable, like I sometimes did in Brütten in March. I was one of the first up each of them climbs and far from getting dropped, I actually controlled a lot at the front of the bunch. That however got a bit frustrating towards the end as the bunch slowed down and really lacked some aggressive riders to push the pace on. I’ve seen this happen before and it is frustrating! More reason for me to try to stay in the first group instead of working for the second…
I had great help from teammate Geri Pachinger and my mate Markus Tollert – also from a mysterious rider from Bündnerland in a green jersey – thanks whoever you are!

Finally, the Steiner Team triumphed again, André Seiler took the road race win with Reto Wälchli coming in second and Oleksiy and Bojan working really hard to help make this possible!

The Road Race on Strava

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Final Road Race Results

The event was very well organised! It is clear that christian Heule has a lot of friends in the cycling scene as he pulled together some great support for the whole event, there should be some good photos and video coverage released in the next week and yeah – I would definitely recommend it! But I only wish there were more women stepping up to race. It is a shame and makes me worried about the development of the sport in Switzerland.

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