(Singin, Germany) Team Spur’s marathon specialist, Ariane Lüthi finished 16th in one of the most closely contested Marathon World Champs in recent history on Sunday 25 June.
“It was really fast and furious race,” Lüthi commented afterward. “It was very tactical too, so in the start loop of 31-kilometres the women went really hard,” she said.
“Up the first climbs the pace was furious and I dropped back a bit, but managed to catch back up the the lead bunch thanks to some fast downhilling and cornering,” she said.
Lüthi stayed in contact with the lead bunch until the 55km mark when there was a big move up front. “We hit probably the longest, steepest climb of the race up a grass field,” she explains.
“I dropped back there and tried hard to fight back up but just couldn’t make up the time.”
She was disappointed with the result but remained philosophic. “I’m not super happy – you always want to try better your results – but that would’ve been difficult in this race because it was definitely one of the most competitive world champs yet.”
“I played my game as well as possible and kept pushing, but it is what it is.”
“Congrats to Annika (Langvad) for winning world’s again. After what she has done that is really impressive.”
From here, Ariane prepares for the next two UCI XCO World Cups which take place on the 2nd and 9th of July in Andorra and Lenzerheide respectively.