Flückiger Goes Marathon for a Weekend22. June 2017 — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Lukas Flückiger will be at the start of the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships this Sunday.
After the first two rounds of the UCI MTB World Cup, riders enjoyed a short break before attacking a big block of training for the busy month of July and the second part of the season. Lukas Flückiger spent two weeks in Sankt Moritz with the Swiss National Team and will now head to Singen, Germany for a 98km long race: the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships.
Already familiar with the format – he won the Swiss Epic last year and finished second of the Grand Raid – Flückiger is looking forward to a little change in the middle of the season: “The XCM Worlds come at a good time; it’s perfect to get in racing mode again after a big training block.” The 33 year-old Swiss rider checked the course three weeks ago: “It’s very fast but never flat with lots of ups and downs. We’ll have to complete two loops of 49km for a total of 98km and 2’500m of vertical climbing. It’s only made of asphalt and gravel roads so not super exciting to race but I think it can make for a tactical race, so more open and more interesting”.
After spending a few hours on the course, Flückiger decided to opt for the BMC Teamelite, his hardtail bike: “The bike has to be light and fast, perfect for my Teamelite!”
When asked about his objectives, he quickly answers: “My goal is to stay at the front and save as much energy as possible in the first loop. A lot can happen on such a course and I definitely hope to be in the mix and fight for a medal.”
Photo: Phil Gale