During the First World War, this beautiful area of the Dolomites in Northern Italy, was the most spectacular theater of war. Now, 100 years later, gladiators on two wheels are fighting against minutes and seconds. A perfect setting in the heart of the Dolomites and a super hard course over 87 kilometers and 4700 vertical meters formed a worthy setting for the election of the new World Champions in mountain bike Marathon. Alban Lakata (AUT) and Gunn-Rita Dahle (NOR) are now allowed to wear the rainbow colored jersey of a UCI World Champion.
Both new World Champions more than earned their victories. Alban Lakata led the field from almost the very beginning and extended his advance more and more during the race. His performance was so good, that both strong pursuers, Christopf Sauser from Switzerland and Leonardo Paez had no chance to catch up. 'It was maybe the best race in my career', Lakata declared afterwards.
Photos and words: Markus Greber