The XTERRA Belgium takes place on the first weekend of June around the citadel of Namur. After swimming, you ride your bike and head towards the listed site of the Citadel of Namur for a total distance of 37 km and 1200 meters of altitude difference.
Belgian Sébastien CARABIN (TEAM MERIDA WALLONIE) flies over the mountain bike discipline with a time of 1:34:49. Morgane RIOU of France holds the fastest time in 1:55:06.
The XTERRA Belgium 2019 route
The mountain bike course is fun, easy to ride, fun and affordable for everyone.
This rising part takes advantage of me to grab positions in the wheel of Christophe DUPRE (TEAM XTERRA ORGANICOACH).
The wonderful road leads us a few meters from the esplanade of the village XTERRA where the atmosphere is crazy. Spectators gather there to see us and encourage us up to 5 times on mountain bikes and 4 times on the trail part.
Everything is done to ensure that spectators and accompanying persons enjoy the show to the fullest.
The mountain bike route is a loop that has been done twice. The climbs are steep, selective but the gaps between competitors are about a second. Thanks to the rolling sections, junctions are made.
At km 11, “the pine cone coast” (as the locals call it), is one of the emblematic walls of the XTERRA Belgium course and is the last major difficulty where I make the difference. The climb was a muddy stream where I found a traction and speed that made the difference.
Once this obstacle has been overcome, the return to the Citadel takes place at full speed towards the mythical DH part of the Namur citadel. It is the highlight of the show where spectators can enjoy it and cheer us on. This is not the part where I am the most airy and flexible. The range of my GoPro Hero 7 Camera was not sufficient to offer you these views.
On arrival, if the Cannes festival has its ascent from the steps, in Namur we unroll the stairs of the esplanade at full speed to reach the transition park. The atmosphere and sensations are guaranteed.
I achieved a time of 1h52 which earned me the 68th time by bike. The differences between competitors are in the order of the second. The level is homogeneous.