Heated battle in Gränichen8. June 2015, Gränichen, Switzerland — MTB Team
After two consecutive World Cup rounds, the BMC MTB Racing Team took part to the fourth round of the BMC Racing Cup raced in extremely hot temperatures. Julien Absalon took third place while Ralph Näf and Reto Indergand just missed the 5-men podium finishing 6th and 7th.
When asked about his race, Julien Absalon smiled: „I think I might have spent too much time training on my BMC Fourstroke lately.” Racing on his new Teamelite, the World Champion was maybe the fittest rider of them all on this hot day. But time and again, Absalon lost some seconds in the more demanding parts of the course on Mathias Flückiger and Daniel McConnell. He managed to close the gap every lap until the last one when he was no longer able to keep in touch with his rivals. „This has sapped too much energy. The first race in searing heat this season has been very stressful. Third place is okay, however. And after two successful world cup races my motivation is not really at 100%.“
Reto Indergand’s motivation, however was very high. The young gun of the team got married a couple of days before the race but did not take any day off. „No, no. Things are going good for me at the moment. Or maybe even better“ he said very happy with race and his seventh place.
Entering last lap, team mate Ralph Näf managed to dislodge Indergand from sixth position. “I did not have a good start at all and was somewhere around 20th in the first lap. I moved up every lap and still had enough energy left in the last lap to get from 8th to 6th place. My legs were not great but the Teamelite made up for it.”
After a hard week of training for the European Games in Baku, Lukas Flückiger struggled throughout the entire race and finished 11th, two spots behind Martin Fanger who rode two powerful last laps.
Lukas Flückiger will represent Switzerland at the first European Games in Baku next Sunday and Martin Fanger will take part to the Marathon Swiss Championships in two weeks. In the meantime, the rest of the team will be training for the next goals: the BMC Racing Cup in Yverdon les Bains and the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lenzerheide.