Lukas Flückiger comes second in his debut Grand Raid24. August 2016 — Melanie Leveau — MTB Team
The Grand Raid is a monument of MTB Marathon Racing. With its 125km and 5’025m of vertical ascent, it’s definitely a race to be taken seriously - especially if one isn’t a marathon specialist. Since returning from the XCO World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Lukas Flückiger has been training specifically for this famous Swiss race.
For the length of the race, from Verbier to Grimentz, the BMC MTB Racing Team rider held a very consistent tempo. But Flückiger just couldn’t match the lightning quick pace set by Urs Huber (Swiss XCO Marathon Champion) over the last quarter of the race as he surged and upped the tempo to win the Grand Race for an impressive fifth time. Flückiger’s final time of 6h01 was nevertheless a remarkable debut and even beat Huber’s 2015 winning time and previous Grand Raid record.
For Lukas Flückiger, the Grand Raid was an unforgettable experience and a nice reward at the end of a challenging season “It’s impossible to do well at such a race without a team behind you. I had huge support from ny team manager, the mechanics, people in the feed zones and even a runner alongside me at Pa de Lona so a huge thank you to everyone!”
1. Urs Huber (SUI) 5h 58’01’’
2. Lukas Flückiger (SUI) +3’06’’
3. Simon Stiebjahn (GER) +8’08’’
6. Martin Fanger (SUI) +19’42’’
Full results here.