Thomas Litscher shows strong race in Hadleigh Park

Three weeks before Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic games, mountain biking’s elite riders gathered at Hadleigh Park where the Olympic cross country race of London 2012 had been held four years earlier. Thomas Litscher from the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM showed a strong race and got to celebrate a 5th place against very strong competition.

 

 

While his MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM mates were already focussing on next weekend’s Worldcup race in Mont Sainte-Anne and the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Thomas Litscher chose a different path and travelled to England last weekend. The reason for this trip was an HC-category cross country race to be held on 2012’s Olympic race course in Hadleigh Park. This race attracted a lot of strong riders both in the women’s and in the men’s race. Following a recent series of encouraging results, 27 year-old Thomas Litscher wanted to confirm that he’s on his way back to his best form.

 

The men’s race covered seven laps, and the speed was very high right from the start. Still Thomas Litscher managed to ride in the lead of the race for the initial three laps: Teaming up with his compatriots Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann, the Swiss rider of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM set the pace early on. «At the end of the third lap Schurter attacked hard and I tried to stay in his wheel. This proved to be too much of an effort, so I had no choice but to slow down a bit in order to find my own rhythm. From there, I was riding in a small group with Julien Absalon and Maxime Marotte», Thomas Litscher reflects on his race.

 

As Marotte got slowed down by a mechanical issue in the finale, Thomas Litscher crossed the finish line in an excellent 5th place, only 16 seconds adrift from Julien Absalon and a bit more than a minute behind Nino Schurter. «I’m very happy with this result - and also with the way I got there», Thomas Litscher commented. He had been left out when his national federation selected its three athletes for the Olympic games.