Trek Bike Attack
Wildhaber a class of his own
The Bike Attack is one of Switzerland's traditional long-distance downhill races. And Onza Tires team rider René Wildhaber once again lived up to his status as the race favourite: He won the classic event for the sixth time.
The Bike Attack's start is situated atop the Parpaner Rothorn on 2860 Metres above sea level, the finish is located in Churwalden on 1200 Metres above sea level. On the 18 kilometres in between, the participants face no less than 2000 vertical metres of descending and 140 vertical metres of climbing. At the mass start of the race a good position is a key for a strong result, and René Wildhaber got that good position by finishing second in the qualifying on a shorter course from the Rothorn to the Heidsee. The only rider to clock a better time than the Onza Tires team rider was Portugal's Claudio Daniel Costa Loureiro.
«In the race, the guy from Portugal snapped his chain in the upper part of the course, so I got rid of my strongest rival. After that, I was riding at my own speed and rhythm and I found it easy to focus on the race», Wildhaber reflects on his half-hour dash to Churwalden. «The course was dry and super fast as a consequence. So I went for the Ibex DH 2.4 in a 55a compound up front, mounted with some sealant instead of an inner tube. In the back, I mounted a prototype from Onza Tires' ERA program that combines minimal rolling resistance with lots of puncture protection.»
The full extent of Wildhaber's supremacy only showed at the finish in Churwalden: The Flumserberg resident was the only rider from 777 participants to clock a time better than 30 minutes. His lead over the second-placed rider was bigger than a minute. From there on, the time gaps were distinctively smaller, showing that Onza Tires' team rider René Wildhaber was a class of his own at the Bike Attack. And because of that, his sixth win at this classic long-distance downhill race was well deserved.
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