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This year's Alpen Challenge should be called the Horror Weather Challenge. They say quite a few participants got scared and cancelled, but still 900 brave souls did start from Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide towards Albulapass. It was cold and foggy with visibility reaching staggering 3 meters. In Engadin, the more thoughful participants, who chose the "short" distance (116km/2838m) turned right, over the Julierpass back to the finish line. They had a good chance to reach the finish line before the big storm but where's the fun in that? The real men (of both genders) headed towards Italy through Malojapass. This is where we went through a thunderstorm of truly epic proportions. If I had ben alone, it would have been tough, but in the peloton, like literal Riders on the Storm, everybody just clenched their teeth and went on with murder in their eyes. The next big step was the 1700m climb towards Splügenpass. The rain didn’t stop so we were all soaked. It went quite well though, until just below the summit, when temperature dropped rapidly and rain transformed into hail. The waterproofing on the membrane of my spiffy Rapha jacket reached its limit. It got quite scary on the descent. I couldn't tell the sound of hail from the sound of my clattering teeth. My hands where shivering and staying on two wheels became a challenge in itself. That way I lost the battle for the 3th place. The girl behind me proved more resistant to cold and managed to pass me by as I was struggling with hypothermia. I was just on the edge of the withdrawing as my chief of staff kicked my ass, gave me a new dry jacket, (borrowed from Schaller Radrennsport a day before the race, thanks a lot) and made me go on, screaming and weeping to the finish line. All in all, after 8 hours of fight, 196km forward and 4355m up I ended up 4th with 6 minutes loss to the 3th place. Big congrats to Paula Gorycka - the winner on the "short" distance.

Von: Alina Myłka Cycling
Quelle: Facebook