Variety is the Spice of Life; MTB Riders Switch up Training13. June 2016, Grenchen — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Following a very busy month of May, the riders of the BMC MTB Racing Team are now working on their preparation for the second part of the season. Some of them even swopped their cross-country bikes for other machines over the weekend to add some spice to their training.
Two weeks after his win at the UCI MTB World Cup in La Bresse, Julien Absalon jumped on his BMC Teammachine SLR01 to take part to a 138km cyclosportive in Valberg, France. The French MTB specialist won the demanding event after climbing a few passes for a total of 3’300m of climbing.
Lukas Flückiger decided to kick off a new training block with the GP Gippingen, a Swiss Hors Category road race, which he competed in as part of the Swiss National Team alongside Nino Schurter. A couple of days later, Flückiger won the Elsa Bike Trophy, a 60km MTB Marathon race in Estavayer le Lac, Switzerland. The podium was made complete by marathon specialists Hansueli Stauffer and Urs Huber.
Reto Indergand also had a good training session on the road in the form of participation in the Gigathlon. The Gigathlon is a Swiss, multi-sport stage race that has a differing format and location every year. Indergand competed as part of a five person relax team taking on the role of the road rider for the team, and after over six hours of riding to beat the clock, he confirmed his good form by helping his team to win the event ahead of 340 others.