After a bad start to our season, plagued with injuries and unlucky races, the team dug deep in order to turn the season around. The first few results started to happen, with Moritz taking the Austrian National Title in the U19 category in dominating fashion. Also, Lutz and Noel, who was coming back from a complicated hand injury, started to perform at the top level with good performances on multiple occasions.
Noel in the last turn before the finish line, Photo by René Schär
The Swiss National Championships was the next big race for them and due to the fact that neither Lutz nor Noel has ever won this event before but had massive potential to bring the National Champ's sleeve to the team for the first time.
The team prepared for the race by staying in Schönried/Gstaad for one week in order to ride the track and prepare the bikes together with Gerhard (mechanic) and Andy (Coach). Also, cardio and interval training were on the to do list together with timed GPS-runs for analyzing lines and segment times.
The man and wizard behind the winning bike-setup, Gerhard Wagenhofer.Join our two other riders Pascal and Dominic on a run down the track, commentated and in full speed:
When the race weekend came around, the team was well prepared and ready to deliver. Moritz got the chance to be one of the opener's for the race and got some additional practice under race conditions. (note: Moritz is Austrian and was therefore not allowed to race
Moritz Ribarich pinned, Photo by René Schär
In the end, Lutz had an amazing run and smashed the field by nearly four seconds and was therefore responsible for one of the best moments in the team's history. Also, Noel put in a stellar performance by managing a 3rd place, even with a big mistake which probably cost him 2nd.
Lutz sipping on that well-deserved champagne bottle, Pic by Balz Weber - Ride.chThe Team would like all its partners and sponsors for sticking by them!
See ya at the next races in Andorra and Val di Sole
SDS Team / @SwissDownhillSyndicate