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Photo by Maasewerd: CYP Afxentia XCO, Stage4, Lythrodontas, Lukas Flueckiger
Photo by Maasewerd: CYP Afxentia XCO, Stage4, Lythrodontas, Lukas Flueckiger

Sunshine Cup Cyprus: High Level Racing Brings on Form

2. March 2014


In preparation for the World Cup season and for the Cape Epic stage race in South Africa, Lukas Flueckiger and Ralph Naef participated in the four day Afxentia stage race on Cyprus over the last week. Taking the opportunity to also get acquainted with their Fourstroke FS01 29ers. Reto Indergand also took advantage of the chance to bring on some race form for the approaching season.

For both Flueckiger and Naef, the final result after four days of racing on the Mediterranean island was of secondary importance. However, on the third day, when Flückiger was part of the leading group, he would have preferred not to have suffered a defect, which made him loose a few places. But he accepted his fate with a sense humour.

"Actually, things were getting better from day to day. But in the end it was more important for us to get four intense training units in here. There is no doubt that I am now in better shape than I was last year at around the same time. I'm already in good shape for the Absa Cape Epic" said Flueckiger. "I'm able to ride at quite a high intensity for some time now, and I had no problems whatsoever with the new Fourstroke FS01, it's a superb bike."

Ralph Naef was still suffering from the effects of a heavy crash that he suffered recently during a race in South Africa. His injured thigh still hurt a lot, preventing him from pushing as hard as he would like. Therefore he abandoned

Afxentia on the last day. "I can't push really hard. So I'm going to get it checked out when I get back to Switzerland" explained Naef.

Reto Indergand used the races to check his fitness, they were part of his program for getting into shape. "I am right where I want to be", he said, looking back on the last four days.

Results after four days:
1. Fabian Giger (Sui)
2. Ondrej Cink (Cze)
3. Jan Skarnitzl (Cze)
...14. Lukas Flückiger
...17. Reto Indergand
DNF Ralph Näf