Lars Forster, New Cyclo-cross Swiss Champion!11. January 2016, Dagmersellen — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
Lars Forster, newcomer in the BMC MTB Racing Team, won his first Swiss Elite Cyclo-cross Championship on Sunday in Dagmersellen.
It may have come as a surprise to some people, but despite his young age, Lars Forster is a very experienced cyclo-cross racer. Albeit yesterday’s Swiss elite national championship title is a first, it is the sixth national title A week after his third place at the EKZ Cross Tour final, the 22 year-old rider arrived very relaxed in Dagmersellen where the cream of the crop of Swiss riders would have their annual showdown to be crowned national champion. The heavy rain of the days in the lead up, had transformed the course into a muddy quagmire – making it popular with riders who like a challenge. Three of the four Swiss riders on the BMC MTB Racing Team were at the start line (Lars Forster, Lukas Flückiger and Reto Indergand) and all eyes were on ex-BMC rider Julien Taramarcaz the reigning national champion.
Lukas Flückiger took early control of the race and a group of eight riders quickly emerged from the peloton, including the three BMC riders and all of the favorites. At the half way mark, Julien Taramarcaz launched a few attacks and only Lars Forster could follow. “My plan was to keep Julien’s wheel as long as I could and hopefully all the way to the finish” he explained. “Everything went really well, I could respond to all of Julien’s attacks and I was a bit stronger than him in the downhill sections. On the last lap I entered the long downhill section at the front of the group and could see at the bottom, that I had a little gap so I sprinted to the finish line.” When asked if he expected such a result, the young rider responded with a cheeky grin: “I wasn’t really expecting it, but hoping for sure!”
Lars had initially planned to stop his Cyclo-cross season after the Swiss Championships but is now considering taking part in the World Championships at Heusden-Zolder, Belgium at the end of January.
Photos: Elisa Haumesser