klemens raced this year’s redhookcrit milano last weekend.
here is his race report.
# 4 months ago
Went to Milano to race the Red Hook Crit. Was the 3rd time to race in Milano, and had by far the best experience this time :)
Thanks to all the Spectators it was even more adrenalin involved than the last years…
Qualifying went just great. Best lap time you do within ~30minutes counts. After the first “cold” lap on the course Brad Adams from Engine 11 who was without any teammate too asked to join forces. Great - so I started in front and Brad tucked in behind me. Went deep and took the first corner as fast as possible…some riders where in the way, but i think we did ok. After one third of the course I went behind Brad. Now he showed me what fast is :) didn’t expected that this rather slim guy could push that hard in the flats. Maybe I went a little to deep…could barely hold his rear wheel. So Brad had to finish the rest our the course without any help. Even though we both got an ok time just fife minutes into the qualifying nobody was happy. I didn’t even ask Brad for a 2nd try - was sure he needed a faster group. Pretty close before the end of the Qualifying i got behind a 4 man strong group of italians (i think). They Made use of my fellow countryman Sigi. He was just finishing a hot lap. So for the start we all tucked in behind him. The pace was perfect. Despite the corners I couldn’t gone much faster. Even had troubles keeping up after the last corner. So I got pretty close to my best possible time and started in 10th row (55 of 85). Wheel-sucker-move but great ;)
After some delay because of accidents and lighting problems the race started some time around 22:15. My goal was to finish the race, sounds easy, but can be tricky. Like when Nicholas Vlachakis (Bondex Couriers, Athens) tried to motivate me to get to the front when he did so (obviously, finishing 23rd!!!). But i knew i didn’t had the legs, or at least risk to get dropped and don’t have the legs to catch up again. So i kept things simple and easy. After all we were the last Group that won’t be lapped. Errors can’t be made. Sacrificed my position more than once for keeping distance from the guy in front of me. But this way i could slingshot myself out of most corners and had no troubles with the mostly hard accelerations out of the them, sometimes i could even get in front of one or two guys without any extra effort.
But you’re constantly reminded that this has nothing to do with a road bike criterium, or even a classic sanctioned road race. Especially when Alfred Bobe jr went past and stayed right in front of me :) He took some crazy lines…but it looked like he know what he’s doing. Anyways, I was pretty freaked and kept my distance, still trying to pass him as soon as possible. Just didn’t feel “safe” staying behind him ;) But sadly that wasn’t necessary. He got into some trouble - near crash when cornering - 2 laps before finish (i think). Due to my comparably halfhearted ways there where no troubles riding past him.
At the end i got 43rd…or 42nd. Depends on what result sheet you look…close to DFL but at least no DNF
Special thanks to Hannes and Hjördis, who acted as my personal little fanclub this time. And also thanks to the guys from TIV and Papi and all his Friends from MOOZAKA and Bondex Couriers for the cheers. Can’t wait for next year!
(photo by massimo bacci)
photos by philipp# 4 months ago
hagen, felix and klemens raced the donauinselcup criterium final last thursday. they all finished. hagen was 5th and klemens 6th. more on flickr.# 5 months ago
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philipp took some pictures of us while we were doing hadersfeld intervals and riding back home.# 6 months ago
day two was a blast. we conquered the grossglockner respectively the hochalpenstrasse. this climb is nearly everything cycling in the alps can be. very hard, very fast and very dangerous if anything goes wrong.
while it’s fun to be much faster than the cars downhill it’s really annoying to be passed by them every few seconds uphill.
as you may have noticed this blog is a bit slow during the summer months.. just because we are out there riding our bikes. so this is part one of our grossglockner trip documenting our group ride around hinterthal three weeks ago.# 6 months ago