Sunday was swiss “Eigerbike” day. With briliant weather, a bit hot with up top 30-32°C, but blue skies and marvelous sights it was just great. If you are high up at 2100m and you see the glaciers up at 4000m, you feel like heaven and hell are very close.
Mother of all Uphills, this Race is hard. I knew that would be tough, beeing the swiss race with the steepest uphills and the highest climb/km ratio. And I got my share of suffering, thats for sure. I have done the smaller 55km already 2 or 3 years ago and was fully cooked after that one then, so I knew I had to start slow, otherwise I wouldnt make it. Start was fine however, the first 1000m climb was good and I felt well. During the second steep uphill then I have got foot pain, back ache, head ache and my stomach didnt accept anything, so I reduced the pressure and took it slowlier. My collegue went away then and was 16min faster overall. Somehow I recovered then, and felt ok after the first 60km.
Being not done yet, a third climb of a little more than 1100m awaited me. Meanwhile it was really hot and sunny. And it was a long uphill, but finally I made it. The time was anyway no issue, but I was really happy to finish in 8.04h, loosing only 3 hours to the first in my age category!! Before the race I changed my gears to 22/36 to 11-34, but I nearly only used the small granny, being to big for some parts still. I really missed my 20t granny, but I am getting to much chain sucks with the 20t. Some problems with the rear shifter didnt let me put pressure on any gear beside the 3 smallest without chain hopping, but these three were anyway what I used 90% of the time.
However, it worked out finally and I am happy. And it was fun! The trails were better and more challenging than I thought and remembered. Still a lot is done on tarmac, it could be better with some longer downhill sections, buts thats like it is. Currently I am a bit tired, but all, legs, brain, stomach, works, so I am fine. Depending on the weather to come, it might be that the race was my seasons highlight and I can only recommend it to everybody not knowing the area yet. We had a LOT racers from Holland, Belgium, Britain, Spain and so on and the camping (called “Eiger Nordwand”) was really great. See you next year?