My team mate cancelled the race, and so I was in need of an replacement rider for the 24h race in Driedorf and because of this I called you said Matthias Allerödder on the phone just a few days before the race. I wasn´t quite sure if I should do this, my last race with Matthias was just a huge mud fight because of heavy rain falls. The weather forecast for this weekend told nothing better, just rain, and more rain. But than 3 days before the race, I said yeas, because I didn´t want to stay home alone that weekend.
So, we did a mixed double team on a race course with a length of 5,6km and 140m of altitude. Start was on Saturday at 13:00o´clock. With the starting signal the weather changed and it became dry. At the start, my team mate stood in first line and pushes it really hard right from the beginning.
I rode the 2nd round. We changed after each round, To hold the speed high and to show the others, that this race is our race.
We were on 1st place in the double mixed group right from the beginning and until sundown we were 3 rounds ahead of the others. Now we changed after every 2nd round. After 10h race time, the muscles became weaker and I had some depressions. Will I hold the complete distance. But I knew I cannot give up and leave him in the lurch and so I just rode on.
Late in the night my power came back, maybe because of the large amount of cakes I ate at the supply stations. Nothing could stop us at all. The most beautiful part of a 24h race is probably the sunset. I enjoyed the time, while it was getting bright and brighter with each round. I was glad about the fact, that my lamp did not quit its work early…
The other teams had more problems than us. The tiredness was the biggest problem, but we needed no rest. In the transition area stood our chair with the silver foil on it, to keep us warm, which made a good job throughout the race. In the night we had a lead of 14rounds to the 2nd place and 20 to the 3rd. We knew, just a crash or technical defect, could stop us from the victory and so we decided to cool down a bit and to ride slower. We lost a few rounds, but we had a large gap.
At the end we had a start-finish victory.