David Horvath of STEVENS MTB Racing Team won the Silver Medal at the German XCE Eliminator sprint championships in Kirchzarten. Gold goes to current runner-up world champion Simon Gegenheimer, Julian Schelb wins Bronze. This way David sort of defended his ”title” from last year – but this time under totally different circumstances. In spring David was still recovering from an injury he had suffered at last year’s European sprint championships where he crashed but finished the race by running over the line – neverstop! Because of that he was slightly handicapped in his training and – due to a serious knee injury – could race in only very few competitions.
David summed up the race: ”It was super-hard, yet was real fun also because of the great atmosphere, and it was the best possible result I could have imagined.”
After having achieved the best time in the qualifying he did good in the first runs on his STEVENS Sonora SL. ”In the quarter finals it became very hard and I had to go all-out,” David said. In the semi finale he already had to compete against Simon Gegenheimer but was able to reach a good second place. In the finale Gegenheimer was better in accelerating out of the curves which in the end gave him the decisive advantage. David meanwhile managed to put a gap of a few meters between him and eventually third Julian Schelb resulting in a superb second place for David Horvath.
In the meantime Veronika Brüchle of STEVENS MTB Racing Team was out after the semi finale – but only because of a flat tire. Otherwise the competition would have been a much closer one since Veronika previously had already won a German sprint championship.