Kathrin Stirnemann Announces Retirement From International Racing

Oct 25, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Kathrine Stirnemann rode very well today.

Swiss XC racer Kathrin Stirnemann has announced her retirement from international racing. The Thomus RN Racing rider found the greatest success in XCE (Cross Country Eliminator) where she became World Champion in 2014 and 2017.

Her best results at the Olympic distance came in Cairns where she earned her best result of sixth in 2014 and then finished 8th in 2016. Even at the start of October this year, Stirnemann was still finding success as she raced the eMTB XC World Championships in Leogang and finished the race with the silver medal.

Stirnemann announced her retirement just before the European Championships last weekend where she finished 14th. She said:

bigquotesI have to tell you some news: tomorrow I will race my last big international XCO race at the European MTB Championships. Racing bikes is my life but it's time for a new chapter.

I will tell you more about my future plans soon but first, I wanna enjoy my last big race on home soil and on one of my favourite tracks. I'm truly grateful for the huge support of the RN Racing Team the last four years. being part of this family is very special. Also big thanks to Swiss Cycling which started to support me when I was a 15-year-old girl and helped me to become a better rider.

I‘m so lucky to be surrounded by so many good people, family and friends, helping me over the years and also now with this decision. Thank you!!
Kathrin Stirnemann

Stirnemann's last race for the RN Thomus happened yesterday at the Swiss Bike Cup in Hochdorf, where she won ahead of teammate Alessandra Keller and third-place finisher Linda Indergand.


17 Comments

  • 13 0
 Always scary to imagine being someone who's realized their full potential in bikes.
  • 26 1
 Agreed. Your comment and her decision made me think of something I read earlier today, "We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one." - Confucius.
  • 3 0
 Don't know if I understood that correctly, but I think becoming a world champion in any sport is quite the achievement. Obviously it's only sports, but two world champion titles is something to be proud of imho.
  • 4 0
 Nice words...good luck in your new path!
  • 7 4
 She got somethin' on her teeth!
  • 6 2
 a lot of coments on pb are pointless .but You are the winner
  • 6 2
 godspeed, ms kathrin !
  • 2 0
 She used to race a bike with mag wheels?
Great career - all the best Kathrin!
  • 2 0
 Sad to see you leave Kathrin
  • 2 1
 She has mud on her face. According to Queen that means she’s a big disgrace.
  • 2 0
 All the best Kathrin!
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