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Looking forward to final cross country world championships

Christoph Sauser
September 05, 2012, 21:44 BST,
September 05, 2012, 22:51 BST
Leadville 100

Specialized rider reflects on runner-up performance at Leadville

Now Christoph Sauser has the Leadville belt buckle too

Now Christoph Sauser has the Leadville belt buckle too

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I went back home to Switzerland after my Leadville 100 adventure in mid-August. I definitely don't mind having oxygen in the air again. I already felt the difference at Frankurt airport where I had to walk up stairs. It was like I got fit over night, plus I lost my asthmatic attacks too!

The Leadville race was a 6.5-hour long asthma atack and there was a "sea of lactic acid" in my legs. I never felt good except on the long downhills... I also think Alban [Lakata] was super strong, winning his first Leadville title while I , on the other hand, had to ride too much over my limit. I learned my lessons and I will be back with much more experience next year again. You can find out more by watching the awesome "I-am-Specialized" footage from Leadville plus some of me at home.

On Sunday morning after Leadville, we watched a super exciting Olympic cross country race on TV. Well done to my Specialized teammate Jaroslav [Kulhavy] who won gold on his Specialized Epic 29er!

Sure it was hard not to be there racing. Instead, I was watching it on TV, same as when I was a kid 1996 in Atlanta. What ever you can not do or not have, makes you wish you could, I am sure if I were in London, I'd feel like I was missing out on Leadville.

After Leadville, I made use of our incredible summer weather and went camping for the weekend in Crans Montana, Switzerland. That's where the included pictures are taken.

Now it's time for my last cross country world championships in Austria. I am very excited! Since I started racing 1993, I have participated in every world champs, so I have seen 20 total venues.

As a junior, I raced both downhill and cross country. Back then, I was much better in downhill and finished around 10th. Nicolas Vouilloz and Cedric Gracia were flying. 1995 in Kirchzarten, I participated in the downhill only, and I remember that I crashed out hard.

After the new U23 category got introduced, I changed to cross country completely and left my downhill bike at home.

I hope we will have good weather at this year's Worlds in Austria, not like last time back in 2002 in Kaprun when it was so cold and raining. That was probably my worst Worlds performance ever. I was already freezing at the start, and I remember a big wooden fly-over which was steep, long and slippery. I did not have the power any more to ride over the top and slid down the same side again...

Thanks for reading,


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Christoph Sauser

In 2008, Christoph Sauser fulfilled a long-time dream when he became the mountain bike cross country World Champion. The 35-year-old Swiss rider of the Specialized Racing Team is part of a talented crop of Swiss cross country racers.  He races for Team Specialized. Sauser has won more than a dozen UCI World Cups and has twice been the World Cup overall champion - in 2004 & 2005. He can go fast over long distances, too. Sauser won the mountain bike marathon World Championships in 2007 and 2011 and finished as the runner-up in 2008.  He is also a multi-time winner of the Cape Epic mountain bike stage race. Follow Sauser's adventures around the globe as he races the World Cup cross country circuit and marathon and stage races throughout 2012.

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