Fabian Eder started at the first round of the UCI Junior Series in Nals together with Lars Gräter for the German Technology Racing Team. With places 10 and 42 the two are respectively best and fifth best German rider.
Sat. 10.4.21 / 9 am Nals, starting signal for the UCI Junior Series XCO in Nals.
Fabian Eder was at the start, lined up in the second row of a starting field of over 150 athletes in the U19 age group from countless nations from Belgium to Mexico.
The incentive was high to deliver a good result and to confirm the form. Last but not least, it is also about achieving the EM/WM norm.
In the run-up to the event, a lot of organization was necessary to meet the requirements of Corona and to have the necessary documents ready. From digital entry registrations to various invitations and confirmations, everything was involved.
After the arrival on Thursday, the first track inspection was completed. Due to a longer dry spell the track was very dusty and slippery. Especially in the area where the technical sections are concentrated, it was often very difficult to slow down after jumps or downhill.
It was also still open how the start loop would run.
After the final track check on Friday together with the colleagues of the Bavarian state squad, the feeling and the legs were good. The first Junior Series for Fabian in 2021 could come. Both the temperature and the track conditions were perfect on Saturday morning. As expected, the start phase on the relatively narrow start loop was very hectic and everyone tried to make up places somehow. After Fabian went back into the first lap roughly on his starting position of 14th after the start loop, it was now a matter of securing a good starting position for the narrow serpentine climb. "I felt great and got through the first few laps pretty well". After the middle of the race, the scramble equalized a bit and he was able to find a good rhythm. Until the last lap there were plenty of duels that kept the race close and exciting. After 4 challenging laps Fabian finished 10th and thus best German. "I am very happy about the good result, after Obergessertshausen unfortunately did not go as I personally expected".
The 10th place also meant that the A standard for the European Championships and a B standard for the World Championships had been achieved. Next one please!