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Champéry, Switzerland - Felt X-Bionic’s Thomas Litscher began his 2011 World Championships with a Silver Medal in the Team Relay.  The 22-year-old Swiss was the lead rider in the Team Relay and looked strong as he sharpens his form ahead of the U23 Race that takes place later this week.

The Swiss team competing on home soil, was off to a strong start with Thomas Litscher riding into sixth place after the first lap.  With each lap, Switzerland closed in on the podium, passing two riders on the final lap to claim Silver in front of an elated home crowd.
For Litscher, the first leg also served as a preview to the battle with Kerschbaumer—one of Litscher’s biggest rivals for the U23 title.  Both raced the first leg of the Team Relay, but it was Litscher who came out on top, besting his rival by 19 seconds.
Thomas Litscher gained lots of self esteem in the last World Cup race of the season and rode into the Top 10 for the 4th time. In a hellish and never ending last lap, he claimed the ninth position and kept World Champion Hermida in check. A great end of a great World Cup season! In two weeks, Litscher will try to catch the rainbow.
Paul Van Der Ploeg picked up the second prize in the opening Eliminator Sprint race at the World in Nove Mesto (CZ). In this spectacular new race format, only one strategy leads to success: Full speed!
Litscher had the best start, lead the field into the first turn and was in reach of the podium after the first lap but in the end, there was nothing left. Thomas Litscher had to quit the race due to technical problems and had to watch Jaroslav Kulhavy win the race from the outside. The Czech winner also secured the overall World Cup win at his home race in Nove Mesto.
Next big win for FELT racextract. Athlete Andi Böcherer! The 27 year old triathlete from Freiburg wins the 70.3 Ironman European Championships in Wiesbaden in 4:08:36! After his injury break, he definitely is back and finally qualified for the Ironman World Champs in Hawaii.
Moraths lonely race ends with Olympic qualification standard
Adelheid Morath secured the Olympic qualification standard one year before the Games. With her 10th rank at the European Champs in Dohnany (SVK), she entered the Top10 for the second time in a row.
Thomas Litscher crossed the finish line without his saddle but won his second medal at the European Champs in Dohnany (Svk).
Looked like gold for a long time
Until the fourth round, the young Swiss rider from the FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC Team was in the lead. Together with Italian Kerschbaumer, he dominated the race and confirmed his reputation once again.
The European Championships in Dohnany (SVK) started with a silver medal for the FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC team. The Swiss Team with FELT ÖTZTAL X-BIONIC rider Thomas Litscher won the silver medal in the team relay.
After a few weeks injury lay-off Andi Böcherer is back to race.
And not only back – he showed another time that he is one of the fastest Tri Pros of the year.
At the Heidelbergman race in Germany Andi took the lead from the beginning with a strong swim split, in the chasing group set former IM Champion Timo Bracht – that two guys fought for the victory.
Hadleigh Farm, England – Felt Otztal X-Bionic rider Karl Markt once again proved himself as one of the elite talents in XC racing, finishing third in the Olympic Test Event over the weekend.  Markt, who just won the Austrian National Championship two weeks ago, arrived on the podium alongside two former XC World Champions.  The 31-year-old Austrian is putting together a fantastic season with X-Bionic, taking multiple UCI wins and podiums.

The Olympic Test Event in Hadleigh Farm gave riders the opportunity to race the Olympic course for 2012.  The racers completed seven laps of the rolling course in hot temperatures, which quickly separated the field.  Markt, riding a full-suspension Felt Edict LTD, was among the top four riders throughout the race.