Litscher Third At Euro XC Champs

Sunday, August 07, 2011
Dohnany, Slovakia – Felt Oetztal X-Bionic’s Thomas Litscher took third in the U23 race at the European Cross Country Championships despite suffering a mechanical on the last lap.  Litscher, who won the Silver Medal at U23 Worlds last year, lost his saddle at the beginning of the last lap while riding in the lead group.  Despite the setback, Litscher held on for the final podium spot.  Litscher was also a member of the Swiss team that took silver in the Team Relay.

Fellow X-Bionic Riders Blaza Klemencic, Adelheid Morath, and Karl Markt also secured prominent results at the European Cross Country Championships.  In the women’s elite race, Klemencic took fifth place in a world-class field, an impressive comeback from her DNF at the Championships last year.  Morath crossed the line tenth, which meet the Olympic standard for Germany.  En route to the tenth place, Morath recorded the third fastest circuit time of all riders.  Markt, fresh off of his Bronze Medal at the Olympic test event last weekend, followed up on his performance with a solid 13th place finish. 

Litsched, Klemencic, Morath, and Markt each competed aboard Felt Edict LTD full suspension bikes and Felt Six LTD carbon hardtails.