Xterra Finland


One week before after my race in Germany I started driving north. On my way I picked up my teammate Raphael and from now on we did the trip together. After sleeping each night on our way in a different country, we finally made it to Imatra, a beautiful little village in the east of Finland.

We checked out the course properly 2 days before the race. We knew every corner, every rock and every single root. It was great. The importance was clear because we had to ride three loops on this course. During this day we also had some nice photo shooting and interview sessions with the team of Xterra.

Exactly at 12 o clock we started into the race. 22 elite athletes and lots of amateurs started together into the race. The 1500m got a little bit longer dew to a drifting boje and it became 1850m instead. I didn’t really felt it, but when I checked my watch after coming out of the water it made me crazy a bit. On my bike I rode a very fast tempo with the idea of showing the others who is the boss today. My plan worked out perfectly and I rode up to the front. With the 2nd fastest bike split of the day, I came into T2 in 2nd position, but behind me a tail of 4 other athletes. We almost started the run together and I knew, that running is not my best discipline. If was a fight, but my legs were incredible fresh and fast on this day. I couldn’t follow one very fast runner, but all the others I kept behind me. With the 3rd best running split of the day I finally finished on the third place. My first ever Xterra major race podium. I was stoked as hell.

Super happy with my performance we relaxed a bit in the SPA of the amazing hotel to get our legs fresh for the next days drive to Sweden. We took the ferry from Finland to Sweden and kept on driving west to Norway- heading north to Norefjell. Next race: Xterra Norway

Photos: Carel du Plessis