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Christoph is the current UCI Marathon World Champion, a former World Cup overall winner, four times World Champion and Olympic medalist. Following is the story of his spo...
Christoph is the current UCI Marathon World Champion, a former World Cup overall winner, four times World Champion and Olympic medalist. Following is the story of his sporting background, told from his point of view.
"I grew up in a sport oriented family so I had a lot of support and encouragement to participate in many different sports from a young age. Some of my favorite sports when I was young were: rollerhockey, skiing, football and wrestling. As a child I rode my bike a lot, but only back and forth to school. For me the bike was for transport and not really for pleasure. But I always appreciated that my bicycle was for me an efficient and independent form of transport. When I saw a mountain bike the first time I got very excited as I could see the big potential of riding off road and having fun on the technical downhills. Before bikes came out with the triple chainring, climbing the steep trails to get to the top of the very fast downhills would have been impossible. Since I had a long history in competitive sport it was natural for me to wonder what it would be like to race mountain bike. In '91 I found some information on a big mountain bike race in Switzerland called the Grand raid Cristalp. It looked like it was going to be a fun event for my first mountain bike competition. That race is a beautiful ride in the alps with a lot of competitors and for me that was a great experience. So I was excited to race a few more races in '91 and '92. One night in a bar a friend of mine challenged me to apply for a racing license, and he even offered me to find a team to ride for. I started the '93 season as a member of the Parkpre team. It had just started that year and was perfectly managed. I raced for the Parkpre team for the first five years of my career. In 1998 a big dream came through and I signed my first contract with a international team, Diamondback. That year was also the first time I stepped on a world cup podium, I won the U23 Euro Champs, plus finished second at worlds in the same category. I was very happy with my position on the team, but unfortunately the sponsorship situation for the next season was a little bit cloudy. Lucky for me I had an offer from the number one team in the world in the name of Volvo-Cannondale at the end of the season. This of course was something I was very excited about and I had four great years on this team until 2003. At that time Volvo pulled out of mtb-racing, but with Siemens-Cannondale I found another great team for the following 3 years, which was controlled under a completely different management. Only the bike was more or less the same. Now I am going into the 4th year with Specialized Factory Racing team. We are a bunch of great people with the focus of racing and professionalism, but having lots of good fun next to it. With Specialized as such an innovative company we have the very best brand in our hands for winning races and being well promoted. We are Specialized!" Biggest achievements: Cross Country:
World Champion Italy 2008
Olympic Bronze Medalist Sydney 2000
World Cup Champion Overall 2004+2005
14 World Cup Wins
Vice World Champion 2005 and 2006, 3rd. 2001
Vice Word Cup Overall Champion 2002, 2003, 2008
6 Times Swiss Champion
European Champion U23 1998
Vice World Champion U23 1998
World Champion 2007
European Champion 2007
after incredible 7 weeks in rsa back in (swiss) business again. i always love the changes
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after incredible 7 weeks in rsa back in (swiss) business again. i always love the changes http://t.co/hEfHPZSwFy
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“@AbsaCapeEpic: .@erikkleinhans & @nicobellsracing to support @sauserwind & @jaroslavkulhavy
” best "insurance" tx!!!
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my first track session ever. sore now!
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big fLat bike check in! made it through xray by the mm. rsa airports always relaxed.
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big fLat bike check in! made it through xray by the mm. rsa airports always relaxed. http://t.co/vTFIALHBh1
5 days ago
good fun at the killarney crit today.
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good fun at the killarney crit today. http://t.co/nSREUhYmtf
11 days ago
@sauserwind: two great shots from yesterday @attakwas @FairviewWine @iamspecialized
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@sauserwind: two great shots from yesterday @attakwas @FairviewWine @iamspecialized http://t.co/oxSyiL4qc7 http://t.co/MRABwVXjho
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and peace would even come for free... #Paris
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because hydration is very important on long rides! tomo intervals agian ??
29 days ago via
because hydration is very important on long rides! tomo intervals agian 😩 http://t.co/kruHbdwYuA
29 days ago
2nd year without burry winning down on this planet. #iamspecialized2015 we will try to do so, also for u!
30 days ago via
2nd year without burry winning down on this planet. #iamspecialized2015 we will try to do so, also for u! http://t.co/sqAN1l2hZW
30 days ago
annual wine tour ride w best wine farms in reach of a few kms. loving this place!!! only the very best to our 2015
32 days ago via
annual wine tour ride w best wine farms in reach of a few kms. loving this place!!! only the very best to our 2015 http://t.co/1adw9xt9GB
32 days ago
if u like to listen to me for a little while here is a interview w mtb radio station
33 days ago via
long ride in "no women" land
35 days ago via
long ride in "no women" land http://t.co/65EClk4Usu
35 days ago
longest ride so far with a bit of racing towards the end! proper intervals are harder though
42 days ago via
longest ride so far with a bit of racing towards the end! proper intervals are harder though http://t.co/H3eCAU6RDj
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xmas shopping! http://t.co/k2oLZ5PKDs
49 days ago
ride over lunch, ride to dinner
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