Race Report - Seb at the XC Garmin Bike Cup (Switzerland)

May 30, 2017

For one time I was feeling good and kind of ready for the race which isn’t always the case. I’ve been riding a lot this year, I know the track well and had a nice full suspension 29er carbon rig to try on it, could I ask for more?

The track is 40km long with 1200m of climbing for a bit more than 1000m of descent. hopefully it didn’t rain the two days before  so it wouldn’t be to muddy, With those conditions I was looking to ride it under 2 hours. We’ll just see on Saturday.

It’s race day, I’ve been warming up a little bit and try find a good spot in the middle of the peleton for the start, people were staring at me because I was probably the only one not wearing spandex.

It’s 4pm and the race is on, the peloton slowly starts to move and the first big climb is already there. Everthing goes well and I started to pass a few rider. After the second climb, there was no more peleton, just small groups of riders pushing each other and trying to catch the group in front of them. It was going fast and it’s quiet fun to ride. I try to push a bit more in the uphill and the downhill that could go very fast  with 65km/h shown on the gps and manage to catch a few groups that were in front of me.  

After one hour, the rythm was good and I should finish well under 2 hours. The second half of the race was mainly in the forest and the track was nice and flowy even if there was a lot of mud and ruts. There were also a few steeps downhils that the bike handle really well but I have to admit that I was happy to have a dropper post. I enjoyed the track as it went faster and arrived in front of a climb and suddenly it was the drama, my legs had no more power at all but there was still 6 or 7km to go. From there, the race became more about survival and not going too slow rather than trying to catch others people. While I moved forward slowly, I could see others racers passed me without any way to follow them. I tried to get my legs back when the track was going down but there was nothing to do.

As we arrived near the finished area, having people cheering us really help me for the last climb and after a short descent, I could see the finish line at the end of the grass field, what a relief it was ! And Good surprise, I finished in 1h55 !  What could I ask more than something to eat and a fresh beer ? (I know it’s bad for the hydration… ;)

After having been able to calm my body a little bit, I think that I really enjoy the race even if the end was probably one of the worst feeling I ever had while riding my bikea and I have even more than of respect for people riding XC because of the speed they go on every obstacle. Racing again ? I’ll for sure try XC again and take something to eat in the pocket, so it could only go better.

Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA World Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 X-Small 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 Small 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 Medium 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 Large 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 X-Large 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 XX-Large 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 XXX-Large 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm

Men's Tops

Size Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm

Men's Shorts

Size Size  Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" X-Small 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" Small 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" Medium 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" Large 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" X-Large 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" XX-Large 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" XXX-Large 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm