The mountain bikers in the Mühlviertler Alm region had to cover three distances in the Granitbeißer marathon on Saturday: Small (16 km), Medium (29.5 km) and Extreme (72.5 km). In all three races, the women’s victory went to the Sommer family from Neumarkt im Mühlkreis: Junior Nicole Sommer was the fastest on the small distance, Clara Sommer won the medium distance and Mama Sabine sommer won for the eleventh time times in her career the women’s granite biter on the extreme course. In addition, Papa Alexander Sommer was second in the M50 class and finished 14th in the overall extreme distance rating. “We will definitely remember this day for a long time to come. We all stick together and just enjoy mountain biking. That’s ours The secret of success,” said Sabine Sommer, who exceptionally had to skip the award ceremony in St. Georgen this year: Immediately after winning the race, she set off to celebrate her 30th graduation anniversary.
Attack in the middle of the race
In the men’s race, Matthias Alberti put his stamp on the extreme distance race. The Bavarian won more than three minutes ahead of the two Mühlviertler Alexander Stadler (Hirschbach) and Michael Kampelmüller (Rainbach) and thus secured his third Granitbeißer victory. “I felt good right from the start. At 30 kilometers there were three short climbs in a row: That’s where I launched the decisive attack,” said Alberti immediately after crossing the finish line. “Matthias couldn’t be bent today. I was able to close his lead a bit, but then he’s up and away again. I’m satisfied with my performance,” said last year’s winner Stadler, congratulating his competitor.
Victory this year in the Granitbeißer-Medium went to Dominik Gassner (Behamberg) ahead of Martin Rauscher and Bernhard Hofko. Jonas Gassner won the men’s small distance ahead of Elias Eder and Paul Fösleitner.
The organizing team for the 29th edition of the Mühlviertel mountain bike classic was also satisfied on Saturday. “276 drivers were at the start today. Almost as many as before the pandemic. The track was in perfect condition and enabled times that we have never had before,” said Manfred Buchberger from the Schorschi team. Once again, the athletes gave the organizers and fans great praise from the participants. Matthias Alberti: “The track is extremely varied and there are fans everywhere cheering.” The best conditions for the upcoming anniversary race next year: Because the granite biter will be 30 years old.