A Birthday Medal for Alban …

A Birthday Medal for Alban …

The two Topeak-Ergon pros Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek will go hunting for medals on Sunday at the UCI Marathon World Championships in Singen. The 98 kilometers in Hegau in Baden-Württemberg are an extremely exciting race, one cannot take their eye off the trail even for a moment.

Throughout his illustrious career, Alban Lakata has graced the podium at the Marathon World Championships five times. He was honored with the rainbow jersey twice, most recently in 2010, coincidently the last time the WM was held on German soil. Since 2009, he has continued to remain a top favorite, and due to his historic success at Singen, even more so this year.

I’m familiar with the circuit and know that you must always be attentive. Especially in the first hour, many will try their luck, Alban reveals, referring to the increased number of former cross-country riders, which will probably bring some intensity and excitement into the marathon racing scene. The conditions for him to take home his sixth world cup medal are perfect. It would almost be a birthday present, because the Austrian turns 38 on Sunday.

I am very satisfied, as I have recovered from the Alpentour. I am fully motivated and there is no reason to be skeptical, said the Albanator. Nevertheless, the world champion of 2015 knows about the unpredictable variables of the fast and wavy course with 2,800 meters of altitude. I want to stand at the finish line and be able to say: I’ve done everything. When a medal comes out, it's super, but in Singen you do not have everything in your hand, this experience, he knows all too well.

Kristian Hynek is also aware of this. It’s kind of like a lottery. You have to be lucky enough to catch the right group, says the Czech. Although the Hegau Bike-Marathon lacks, the long climbs to play out his greatest qualities, he has already managed to catch a group in Singen twice. In 2013, he won the bronze medal there and 2015 could have turned out the same way, if it had not been for a bike defect collected on the trail.

Kristian recently put his body through a road race, to get fast legs, as he says and is very satisfied with his preparation. Everything worked well, including the training camp with the Czech national team, emphasizes the 37-year-old. Which race phase will be key? I know, but I'm not going to speak about that, of course, the World Championship bronze medalist of the previous year smirked.

The Topeak-Ergon-Duo is therefore well equipped for a hot race, which will require not only good legs, but also tactical flair starting at 10.20 AM local time. The event can be followed via the Facebook page of the Hegau Bike Marathon.

Stay tuned …