Kleinhans Set To Defend Swiss Marathon Champs Title

Eiger Bike Challenge (EBC) forms part of the Swiss Marathon Series, and doubles up as the 2014 Swiss Marathon Championships this coming Sunday. The 88km course, with 3800m of climbing, starts and finishes in Grindelwald, a famous ski resort at the bottom of the very impressive Eiger north face close to Ariane Kleinhans’ home town of Bern, Switzerland.10397978_10152240380905658_3592939367356255230_n

Ariane Kleinhans won the 2013 Swiss Marathon Champs, and is hoping to repeat her performance to wear the red Swiss national champ’s jersey for another year.

“A bit more than a year ago I won my first ever Swiss championship. It was a very emotional win and a great honour to wear the national champs for a year. After the Ironbike in Ischgl two weeks ago, where the two Swiss, Esther Süss and Milena Landtwing put quite a bit of time into me, I knew, that my shape is maybe not quite there where I would like it to be to defend my Swiss champ title on Sunday.

“To beat a world class rider like Esther Süss, I know, I have to be in extraordinary form to have a chance. It will be a very high task to win this race, but I know my altitude training only sank into my legs by now and after all I’m still positive to give it a good fight.

“The Eiger Bike Challenge is somewhat special to me as it is held in my home region Bern, less than an hour’s drive away from our family farm. I managed to win the EBC the last two years as well as the shorter distance at my first attempt in 2010 and already got a nice collection of cow bells at home.” said Ariane.Team RECM_LO_jk-1991

Husband, Erik Kleinhans, will be starting in the Men’s Elite group, in his second race back from injury after his crash at Sani2C. At his first attempt in 2011, the Grindelwald mountains got the better out of Erik, but he promised himself to take revenge one day.

“Leading up to this year’s race the ‘Lion King’ turned his body into mountain goat shape only with the red mane reminding of his origin. He worked exceptionally hard and will hopefully have the luck on his side too to be able to show it off. With the Swiss in its full force being there, he will definitely have a good measuring of his hard earned climbing skills.” added Ariane, with a smile.

Sus the Eiger Bike Challenge

Venue:                         Grindelwald Ski Resort

Distance:                     88km

Ascent:                        3800m

Starting altitude:         approx 900m

Highest point:             approx 2100m

Start time:                   07h00

Expected finish:          11h15

Live Timing:                Click here

Follow on Twitter:      @Eigerbike, @Team_RECM, @ArianeKleinhans & @erikkleinhans

Start List – Elite Women

201                  Kleinhans Ariane                    Team RECM

202                  Landtwing Milena                  WHEELER – iXS Pro Team

203                  Walker Nadia                          Stöckli PRO Team

204                  Süss Esther                              WHEELER iXS Pro Team

205                  Baumgartner Sabrina              BIXS Strüby Team

206                  Clement Alexandra                 Fischer BMC

207                  Pezzatti Sofia                          VC3ValliBiasca-TEAM WITTW

208                  Hug Cornelia                           Crazy Velo Shop Scott

209                  Liardet Barbara                       VC Nyon / Rochat Cycles

210                  Kobra Sarah                            ASSOS Werksmannschaft

211                  Wittlin Michèle                       Stöckli-Racing-Team


Erik Kleinhans has been altitude training with Christoph Sauser during the Swiss Summer.
Erik Kleinhans has been altitude training with Christoph Sauser during the Swiss Summer.

Start List – Elite Men

1                      Sauser Christoph                     Specialized Factory Racing

2                      Huguenin Jérémy                    VC Vignoble Cyclerc

3                      Looser Konny                         WHEEELER – iXS Pro Team

4                      Gerber Philipp                         BIXS – iXS Swiss Team

5                      Blanchard Tristan                    Zimmermann BMC Mathieu

6                      Perrin Damian                         Zimmermann BMC Mathieu SA

7                      Alig Mathias                           BiXS – iXS Swiss Team

8                      Flück Vincent                         Zimmermann – BMC – Mathieu

9                      Wenger Florian                       VC Payerne Procycles

10                    Biffiger Christian                    Thömus Racing Team

11                    Schlegel Christoph

12                    Porras Ludovic                        Vélo club Payerne – Procycles

13                    Buchli Lukas                           BiXS – iXS  Pro Team

14                    Huber Urs                               Team Bulls

15                    Karadza Petar                         KK POSTOJNA

16                    Aman Ewout                           Peerkes Biketeam

17                    Cassina Filippo                        Team MTB Lomazzo

18                    Blanshard Sam                        Black Line London

19                    Monti Pier Paolo                     OVERALL CYCLING

20                    Grand Anthony                       Team Zimmermann BMC Mathieu

21                    Martins Jose                            TERRE ROUGE BIKERS

23                    Stauffer Hansueli                    WHEELER – iXS Pro Team

24                    Zurbrügg Oliver                      WHEELER-iXS Swiss Team

25                    Spinney Jonathan                    Radical Edge

26                    Scaravelli Stefano                   Asd Ekosistemi Sport2win

27                    Bianchi Federico                     velo club eupilio

28                    Kleinhans Erik                        Team RECM 


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