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Feed zone action: Balz Weber and Fabienne Heinzmann at the Bike Marathon Garda
Feed zone action: Balz Weber and Fabienne Heinzmann at the Bike Marathon Garda

BMC Mountainbike Racing Team: Weber Sixth at Garda Bike Marathon

30. April 2011

Riva del Garda, Trentino, Italy

It was a long and hard day at the weekend office for the BMC Mountainbike Racing Team. 3,509 vertical meters spread across three mountain passes and 100 horizontal kilometres on old military trails of World War II were on the menu of the 2011 Rocky Mountain Bike Marathon Garda powered by Milka. The field went off to a quick start at 7:45am at the shore of Lake Garda.


It was a group of four riders that passed the first mountain pass in the front: Alex Moos, Balz Weber (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) and Urs Huber (Team Stoeckli) alongside his teammate Konny Looser successfully tightened the screws on the rest of the field. Current world marathon champion, Alban Lakata (Merida Multivan), trailed a minute back. Further 5 minutes down the path, BMC riders Julien Tamararcaz and Yves Corminboeuf followed in the third group.


The race was over faster than he had hoped for Alex Moos. His fork broke on the first descent, forcing him to ride home to Riva. "I had trained well in the Valais mountains for this race. My legs were feeling really strong on the first climb today. I thought I was going to have a special day but then my fork crushed my goals", Moos explained his fate.


From that point on, Balz Weber was left alone in the front group holding on to the quick pace set by Team Stoeckli. "I wasn't feeling great today but kept playing mental games with myself, telling myself my legs were strong. I was riding cross-eyed for most of the last climb and saw stars that you usually see at night. I gave my all today", said Weber. It was enough to finish a respectable 6th in 4:15:58hrs, 4:21 min. behind race winner Urs Huber (Team Stoeckli).


World Champion Alban Lakata finished the day in second place, benefitting from Konny Looser puncture on the final descent. It made him drop back from leading the race with his teammate Huber to 5th place at the finish.


Former cyclocrosser Julien Tamararcaz had a long and tough day in the saddle. In his first-ever marathon race, he started out strongly. He hit the last climb in the Top 10 but bonked to 13th at the end. Such long races take their toll especially on fragile riders. Leukemia survivor Yves Corminboeuf overcame his odds with a strong 21st-place finish.