At the 2017 German Cross-Country Championships and in the Eliminator sprint starters of STEVENS Racing Team won three medals and scored good results on STEVENS Sonora SL. Franziska Koch is the new German U19 Mountain Bike Champion.
Antonia Daubermann is vice champion of the U23 category. David Horvath only narrowly missed out on the win in Eliminator sprint finals and wins a silver medal, too. Benjamin Krüger of STEVENS Schubert Racing Team wins the gold medal in the U15 category.
They only had good memories of the course in Bad Salzdetfurth said Antonia Daubermann, Franziska Koch and David Horvarth of STEVENS MTB Racing Team before their races.
Antonia Daubermann won her first German Championship in the U17 category there in 2014 as well as a race of the German national league (Bundesliga). She started into the race on Sunday morning in her second year in the U23 category and with a podium finish as her goal as well. In international races, the 2016 vice champion had been the best German rider of the current season most of the time so far.
Sunday showed, however, that a German Championship always may turn out to be a completely different race that does not reflect the complete season. It had been pouring the days before the race so that the course was very slippery, especially on the forest passages. Due to the ground conditions the race organizers had adjusted the course on Saturday evening.
Conditions, that were not particularly appealing to Antonia on Sunday. After a good start and already with a large lead from the first uphill passages she “virtually flipped over in the second lap, on downhill passages I partly slided more than I rode“, said Antonia after the race. Due to this, she had to pass the lead to Felicitas Geiger.
The other competitors suddenly caught up with her, but Antonia extended her lead from place three above all in uphill passages slowly but surely again: “I’d really been looking forward to the climbs.“ When she got closer and closer to Lia Schrievers on the finish stretch, she confidently secured her second place in a sprint.
In the women’s elite race, Lisa Heckmann of STEVENS Racing Team showed that she is not only good at cyclo-cross. In a very competitive field, she finished on sixth place on STEVENS Sonora SL.
Gold for Franziska Koch, Leonie Daubermann injured after crash
Shortly after the women’s U23 race, the junior riders went onto the course. Leonie Daubermann, who won the race the year before, and Franziska Koch, U17 champion of the previous year, raced for STEVENS MTB Racing Team. After a good start, Leonie had to quit the race due to an injury. She fell on her hand in a stone field. STEVENS Vertriebs GmbH wishes her a speedy recovery!
Her teammate Franziska Koch was lurking some places behind her on the first lap, but could soon overtake the leader Ronja Eibl. From the top of the field, the 17 year old from Mettmann could “ride at her own pace, be careful on downhill passages in order not to crash and go all out in climbs.“ The muddy grounds were rather of advantage to her. “I had been training under similar conditions in the past few days.“ Franziska extended her lead in the following rounds and “only went full speed on the last lap again.“ She could enjoy the last meters to the finish line as runner-up Ronja Eibl was approximately one minute behind her. Leoni Fend finished third.
She liked the course changing to city circuit with partly artificial bridges over Innerste and Bösenberg: “It was a nice change of scene, the bridges added some right-left turns.“ She had good memories of Bad Salzdetfurth due to winning her first medal in mountain biking there in 2014 – silver in the U15 category.