Hermida and Litscher at the Swiss Epic

At the Swiss Epic stage race the trails are just as high-class as the list of starters. As for the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM José Hermida and Thomas Litscher lined up to compete. After the prologue and three hard stages, the duo is placed in 5th in the overall standings.

 

 

With an overall distance if 360 kilometers and no less than 12’500 vertical meters of ascending, spread over a prologue and five stages, the Swiss Epic stage race is a formidable test for all participants. But as a reward it also offers plenty of exquisite singletracks in the Valais Alps in the Southwest of Switzerland. This stage race is contested by teams of two, with the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM being represented by José Hermida and Thomas Litscher. Right from the start these two showed that they are in a very good shape. In the prologue over a distance of 26 kilometers they only conceded 1.55 minutes to the day’s winners, scoring a 4th place.

 

The first «real» stage featured a distance of 95 kilometers and 2’900 vertical meters of ascending, being a true test for all riders. For three and a half hours the two riders of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM showed a strong performance but then Thomas Litscher ran out of power. As a consequence, both riders had to go slower, losing almost twelve and a half minutes to the fastest team of the day on their way to the finish line. Luckily the second stage was much shorter and featured much more descending than climbs, offering some respite. Hermida and Litscher finished this stage in 4th, about 4 minutes behind the winners.

 

The queen’s stage ridden on Thursday featured a distance of 91 kilometers and 3’000 vertical meters of ascending, leading from Leukerbad to Verbier. Apart from an exposed section where riders had to dismount and push their bikes and the long final climb with 1’000 vertical meters of ascending, there was another challenge as participants were also facing adverse weather conditions for the first time in this year’s Swiss Epic. As it was raining at times, the rain jackets and wind vests came to good use. José Hermida and Thomas Litscher were unfazed by the harsh conditions, conceding just three and a half minutes to the day’s winners and crossing the finish line in 5th. With two days of racing to go, the two riders of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM are placed in 5th in the Swiss Epic’s overall standings.