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Defending the title | Jolanda Neff on the XCM World Championships

June 21, 2017
Hero photo credit: KROSSTeam

On Sunday, June 25 MTB athlete Jolanda Neff will defend her title in the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Singen, Germany. She took the rainbow jersey last year in Laissac, and silver in the XCM European MTB Continental Championships in Singen the year before. We asked Jolanda about her race preparations for the 2017 World Championships.

What may we expect to see from Jolanda Neff in Singen this year?

Singen is very close to my home in Switzerland at the Lake of Constance, so for me racing there is nearly a home affair. I know the track already from two years ago where I finished second. I hope to be able to build my shape so that I can fight for the win in Singen.

What does your race calendar look like? How do you make sure you’re recovered for Sunday’s race?

Freshness will be key for competing in the Marathon World Champs. Of course, your fitness needs to be high as well, so therefore it will be important to work hard the weeks before to taper the days before the race. I will not race the weekend before the World Championships so I can absolutely do what I need to do regarding training and recovery.

You started studying at the University of Zürich in 2016. How are you balancing university studies and training?

Just last week I wrote my last exam at the University of Zürich. I enjoy it very much to be studying besides riding and racing bikes, but at the same time I need to make sure I don’t overload myself. Last year was fully packed and I had to cut my training volume down quite a bit to keep up with uni. You must start somewhere and so I just went for it, but mountain biking is still what I love doing the most – that’s why for next year I plan to take fewer classes than this year.

What will decide the winner on Sunday?

The one who rides tactically the cleverest race, has the most power to go for it and is ready for the finale.

Not another normal day

What does a day in the life of Jolanda Neff look like? “I want to have fun when I’m out there,” says Jolanda in Kross Racing Team’s insightful introduction: