The Alpentour Trophy - MTB racing in Schladming, Austria

Alpen Tour Trophy - 250m to go

100m to go...

The weekend following the Giro saw us at a MTB race in Schladming, Austria.

Four stages over 4 days, and 9,000 metres of climbing.

250m to go...

Alpen Tour Trophy - 250m to go

100m to go...

Alpen Tour Trophy - 100m to go

An Epic Finish …

Finish - An Epic Alpen Tour Trophy

That’s me in the photo above, within sight of the ITT finish, which was the easiest stage of all. Just 1100 metres of ascent over 13k, average temp of 1.5’. So why was it the easy stage? No descending. I pulled out of two other stages, after suffering brutally on the sub zero descents, through snow. My teamie (name suppressed) stopped and pissed over his hands on the first big descent. I only wish I could have been that inventive.

The 4th stage was cancelled due to excessive rain, and we had to divert when leaving Austria, as rivers flooded and landslides closed the highways. It was epic.

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