On the Wednesday before the long weekend, Liv-Susanne Bachmann started with almost 70 other female riders onto the first day of two during the 13th Albstadt Women’s Stage Race. Wintery temperatures with a bit of snow influenced the 30-lap run on the 1 km long, flat-out city circuit. Due to pedal problems and a high pace from the start, Liv began nearly last. Racing midfield as part of a group of five, however, she won the group’s final sprint, despite her bad start.
On Thursday, Liv premiered at the German Mountain Championship, held during the second stage. The circuit was hard: The riders had to master 10 straining laps on a 10.2 km circuit, with the first long steep climb beginning just past the starting line. After a short downhill respite, the second even steeper climb with mountain classification followed, then a brief plateau before the track led back downhill to the finish line. During the first lap, Liv kept the leading group in sight and caught up with them on the downhill. During the second, she had to let them go on the mountain classified climb. She began pursuit with a group of two other riders, passing more cyclists with each round, and finished the race in 10th place. Liv had to hold back for the final sprint, having experienced cramps since the middle of the race, so she was pleased finishing 22nd – giving her an overall result of 25th for both stages.
Liv-Susanne Bachmann celebrates double win at Altenau
After only one day's rest from the road races in Albstadt, Liv competed in the Cyclecross race on Saturday and the MTB Marathon on Sunday in Altenau. Saturday was used to test the legs and Sunday was supposed to be mainly training.
At the CC race, 3 laps had to be completed on a 5 km long course. The track was fairly muddy, made up of one long climb and a partially rough downhill.
Liv was able to distance herself from the other female riders from the start and won with a considerable lead.
On Sunday, Liv went for the 80 km long middle distance. Circling the 40 km round twice. Forest roads interchanged with root-ridden trails which were difficult to ride. Each round had both a mountain and a trail classification, with separate time measurements for each.
Liv paced herself, clearly feeling the efforts of the previous days. She concentrated on cranking with a high frequency without using too much force. The tactic worked well: she had no problems with cramps.
Despite the previous exertions and cautious driving on the down hills, she repeated her start-finish win of Saturday’s – clocking as well as in 2011.