CashCall Mortgage Cycling Team member Michael Weicht traveled home to Leipzig, Germany after finishing up the Tour of The Gila. Michael took a few days for rest and recovery and was back at it, racing a very exciting event as a member of the German National Team. Here is his recount of the event. The CashCall Team is very proud of Michael opportunity to compete in this event for the National Team.
Michael Weicht racing for the German National Team along with Andre Greipel at the UCI 1.1 Rund um Koln
Yesterday I raced one of the last big classics in Germany. It was a UCI 1.1 race like Philly Classic. It is called Rund um Köln. Köln is a big city in Germany and the race course goes around this metropol.But before I will tell you guys something about the race, some facts about my week before.
I arrived in Germany on Wednesday after the tough week racing at altitude in New Mexico at the Tour of the Gila. After arriving home, I trained the next two days super easy. On Saturday, we drove to Köln and I had a long massage which was perfect to prepare me for the event. There was bad weather anyways, soI could not train this day. I was super excited before the race because I raced for the German National Team together with multiple Tour de France Stage Winner, Andre Greipel. We had great support from the whole team and now it was in our hands to give it back…
It was getting close to race time, and 30 minutes before the race I looked into the sky to see if the weather from the day before had cleared. With a lot of optimism, I decided to start the race without a rain jacket. Unfortunately, on the start line, it started to rain so heavy that I was completely wet before I had ridden the first kilometer! To race with and for one of the best sprinters in the world means that you as a team are responsible for a sprint finish in the town of Köln which would be after 194 km of hard racing.
After 50 km of racing, a huge breakaway went and we did not have one rider in it. Andre told me, that he wanted to try and jump on one of the steep climbs and make it into the break. My task was to hold the break between 1:30 and 2 minutes from the field. Finally, after 117 km, Andre tried to make a move across to the break. Unfortunately, this effort was not successful and the breakaway rode to the finish line. I finished 93th in the field.
I would like to say thank you to the Cashcall Mortgage Team and the German National Team for giving me the opportunity to race such a big race. I would also like to thank all our fans around the world.