2016 mtb marathon in Bad Goisern, Austria

the natural beauty of the landscape surrounding the city of Bad Goisern set the stage for the mtb marathon held since 1998. this year, over 4700 starters in more than 10 diciplines gave their very best to finish the challenging race. And because it had rained the whole night through, the all-mountain trail was especially difficult. Sometimes more shoving the bike than riding, taking care not to crash while making a way down thru inches of mud and dirt, it got more challenging the more cyclists passed certain parts of the trail. Rocks and roots had become more slippery than a newly polished mirror. In the end, strong uphillers lost lots of time going down again. At least during the marathon it didn’t rain.

it was a highlight i looked forward to a long time, and it paid off. next year it won’t rain.