Ten years after his career's first MTB marathon which actually took place at Lake Garda, the Austrian Champion was finally able to sign in the list of Ronda Extrema winners of the Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon. The 28-year-old from Dornbirn mastered the 93.93 kilometres and 3,838 metres of climbing in the stunning time of 4:17.07,6 hours .
The 2017 World Championships Bronze medallist therefore relegated Italian athletes Samuele Porro (4:18.56,3) from Tram Trek Selle San Marco and Tony Longo (4:19.32,3) from Wilier Force 7C , who both had been setting the pace being right out in front for quite a long time, to the respective second and third rank.
“It was extremely hard today, the tempo was tremendous. But I knew that I had good legs. I was keeping up the speed with the others and took it easy for a while although I also made sure that no one else could catch up again from behind,” explained Geismayr.
But in the last climb, it was time to break away: “I was going my own pace and noticed that I was the strongest out there.”
However, the defending BIKE Transalp champion had to weather a moment of shock in the final downhill when he slid away due to a slow puncture and skinned his right underarm. “That was the only time when things got critical. I'm happy that I won today,” said the Centurion-Vaude racer who then was able to bring home a safe win.
And was lauded by his competitors in the finish area.
“It was a real summer day today. We normally have pretty cold conditions here in Riva at this time of the year – at least in the mountains. It took a while for me to get into the rhythm but Daniel [Geismayr] was unbelievable. Props to his performance,” stated Samuele Porro who had earned Silver at last week's European Championships outpacing Geismayr in Spilimbergo.
The little town in the province of Pordenon, however, didn't become a place to be greatly remembered by Katazina Sosna. The Lithuanian athlete living in Italy wasn't able to finish the race for the European title and therefore had travelled to Riva del Garda seethed with anger.