A look back at the 2017 MTB season: our favorite moments24. October 2017 — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
The 2017 MTB season might not have been the most successful in the short history of the BMC MTB Racing Team but there are nevertheless many great moments to remember. The five riders tell us about their own favorite one.
Titouan Carod: the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup
“The World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne is definitely my best memory of 2017. I love the course there and it is where I scored by best result of the season (4th). It is also where I pulled out the race I had been dreaming of for a long time (he rode in the lead with Nino Schurter for most of the race).
I also enjoyed the team atmosphere during the week leading to the race; everyone was happy to be there and very relaxed. It helped us to win the team classification of the day which hadn’t happened since the first World cup of the season in Nove Mesto.
All in all, a great experience!”
Lukas Flückiger: the World Cup finals in Val di Sole
“I don’t have many good memories of my 2017 season; it was pretty disappointing for me in term of results. But I am really proud of what I and we, the entire team, achieved in Val di Sole at the last round of the World Cup. This race showed how much we can achieve as a team, even in an individual sport.
I broke a rib during the Grand Raid, one week before the World Cup finals. I knew I was in a good shape and it was mentally really hard to accept the injury and to get to the start line. But everyone was behind me and it gave me the confidence I needed. I had a great fighting spirit throughout the race and never gave up despite the pain. We all delivered a great performance and managed to secure the Team World Cup title for the fifth year in a row.
It was such a happy moment shared with the entire team!”
Lars Forster: the Internazionali d’Italia in Montichiari
“Hard to choose between Montichiari and Val di Sole… but I would say Montichiari. It was the first race of the season with the team and also the first time that the field was made of so many top riders. We were all unsure of the shape of the others but also of our own.
I started in 30th position but quickly found my way to the front of the race. The course felt really tough during training but it just felt right on race day. It even became fun by the end of the race; probably because I was feeling so good.
It was my first international win in the Elite category so I was over the moon when crossing the finish line. I was the king of Montichiari! “
Reto Indergand: the World Champs in Cairns
“We flew to Australia with the Swiss National Team almost two weeks before the race and I really enjoyed training in the jungle there.
With regard to the race itself, I was aiming for a top 10. Half way through the race I was only in 16th position but I never lost sight of my objective. I kept fighting and entered the last lap in 12th position with two riders a few seconds ahead of me. It gave me an extra boost of motivation and I could overtake both of them in a short uphill.
I crossed the finish line in 10th place; mission accomplished!”
Julien Absalon: the European Championships
“The European Championships in Italy were my first race after I had broken my collarbone at the beginning of June. I didn’t race for eight weeks so had no idea how I would perform there. I was really happy to be racing again and very motivated but had some doubts because I didn’t feel technically ready.
I struggled for the first half of the race but eventually found the right rhythm and could overtake many riders. Unfortunately Flo Vogel was too strong for me that day but I was very happy with my second place. I knew then that I was back to my level.”
Alex Moos (Team Manager): Val di Sole of course!
“As Team Manager of the BMC MTB Racing Team, I am very happy when my riders perform well and have a great race. But what makes me the happiest and makes me very emotional is when the team wins as a group.
The World Cup finals in Val di Sole were an incredible display of team spirit. We were only third in the team overall classification before the race and knew we would have to pull off the perfect race to win a fifth time. Everyone, riders and staff, knew what he or she had to do before and during the race and motivation was high.
The race went like by magic. The riders had the knife between the teeth and left it all out there to achieve our common goal.
Standing on the highest step of the World Cup podium with the entire team, can it really get any better?”