February 27, 2024
Marathon World Champs take place on Sunday, Stošek and Seewald among favourites

Scotland has become the centre of professional cycling since August 3. Glasgow and its surroundings will host the World Championships of all disciplines except cyclo-cross. The marathon race is scheduled for Sunday, August 6. Race will be held in Glentress Forest. The Canyon Northwave MTB Team will have four riders across three nationalities - Martin Stošek from Czech republic, Marc Stutzmann from Switzerland and Andreas Seewald and Stefanie Dohrn from Germany.

Martin Stošek, the bronze medalist from the 2020 World Championships, enters the race with medal ambitions. For years, Martin has been one of the absolute top marathons, the rainbow jersey is still missing in his collection of achievements. He can fight for gold this Sunday. He says he feels great and ready for the race. His main goal is to stay in front, after last year's experience he wants to focus primarily on himself and his performance.

Martin Stošek on the course of the World Championship in 2022, where he finished in 10th position. Shortly after the start, he suffered a puncture...

"I thought I wouldn't have that expectation after last year. I believe in a medal or a win, but after all the experience I know that anything can happen. I have no ambitions or illusions about how the race can go. I'll replay some scenarios, but it can be completely different. It will take 4.5 hours in difficult terrain. But I'm well prepared and I am looking forward to the race."

Martin Stošek and his teammate Andreas Seewald

Andreas Seewald, who took part in the Italian Alta Valtellina Bike Marathon last week and won the bronze medal, returned to the racing after illness. He has ridden the course in Glentress Forest several times and it suits him too. He and Marc Stutzmann spent almost five hours on course on Thursday, so they know it in detail.

Even Stefanie Dohrn did not underestimate the preparation, she moved on the track together with her teammates, with whom she went through the most difficult passages.

The race circuit is 96.5 km long and has an elevation of over 3,200 meters. The course runs along Glentress Forest trails,  paved roads and open meadows.

Racing course

"The track is tough physically and technically. There are two twenty-minute climbs of alpine character, which are pulling, but there are also two difficult descents. The question is what the weather will be like, so far there has been mud that can affect it. But for me, the track is good," said Martin about the course.

Martin Stošek's last race before the World Championship was the 6th race of Bikes Kolo pro život in Zadov, Czech republic, which he won.

The start of the elite men's race will take place on Sunday at 9:00. The elite women will race at 9:30 a.m. Live timing from the race can be watched on the website of the International Cycling Union - UCI. Information from behind the scenes of the team and of the race can be found on the social networks of the Canyon - Northwave MTB Team.

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You can find out more about the championship on the cyclingworldchamps.com page.

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