KURSCHAT WINS GERMAN XC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wolfram Kurschat is the German National Champion.

It was an exciting race, and by the end it was clear that the National Title was going to go to Wolfram Kurschat, who had pulled away from Moritz Milatz and Jochen Käß (both Multivan-Merida).  Robert Mennen rode to fourth place, and Kim Tofaute to eighth, in what was a great day for Team Topeak Ergon.

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For the second year running the cross country champion’s title was fought out in St. Margen, in the Black Forest.  Short and rain soaked the demands on the riders were high, with lots of twisty sections to contend with on 5.1km loop.

Kurschat however appeared to have no problems with the conditions.  Taking the bull by the horns in the first lap, his second place in the World Cup General Classification seemed to shine through.  For the next few laps a hard race developed between Kurschat and Milatz, with the Multivan-Merida rider slipping a few seconds into the lead.  Wolfram however closed the gap, and held on to the lead until crossing the line.  It was a great performance and great for his family to watch as he built up a lead in front of them, assuring the win.  After 1h40m48s he had the third German National Champion’s Title of his career to his name, adding to those of 1999 and 2007.  “Hats off to Moritz, he put up a great fight.  It was a good race.  In the end, once I took the lead for me it was about guiding the bike home.  I really didn’t want to risk anything for the last couple of laps.”

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Robert Mennen, finishing fourth underlined the potential that he has already shown this year.  Following a good start, he was in fifth place, and it was a lot of work to take fourth “The conditions were anything but easy.  Mud collected into thick ‘tyre warmers’ around the wheels making it extremely difficult.  I have done what I wanted to do, and fourth is amazing for me”, Robert explained following the race.

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On Sunday, Kim Tofaute was on the start racing the Master’s race.  His target was top ten.  Again, the weather gods brought rain.  “The descents were difficult, but climbing wasn’t easy either.  It was so slippery”.  Ergon’s Head of Development was pleased with his eighth place finish though.  “I think, considering my preparation, it was a great day”.

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