While the Czech came out successful in the women's race clocking in a time of 5:47.42,7 after 96.90 kilometres and 3,649 metres of climbing, Holz already crossed the finish line after 4:48.42.9 hours and after an almost 75 kilometres long individual ride.
And this despite the fact that the Munich-based German-Technology-Racing team member had temporary lost his rhythm after crashing in the first descent from Buergerberg to Maria Alm suffering a puncture.
“I slipped away and got caught in a barbed wire. Fortunately, a team mate helped me out with a spare wheel. That was annoying because I had to invest a lot of energy, but I felt good right from the start,” explained the 28-year-old after making it to the finish. However, he also admitted that he had to break his limits in order to snatch the win.
After the long ascent via Biberg and Lochalm up to Grosser Asitz had already been overcome, the final climb to the Schwarzleotal demanded the last reserves: “I could no longer look straight ahead when I made it to the top. I was just trying to get over the last ramp.”
Behind of Holz, Antonin Marcaille (FRA; 4:55.42,7) and Alexander Stoeckl (AUT; 5:09.52,0) completed the men's podium of the long distance as second and third, respectively. Lena Koller (AUT; 6:11.24,7) ranked second in the women's race while Nina Hartleb (GER; 6:56.12,4) finished third.
The overall title in the three-stop Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon Series, which took place for the first time this year with races hosted in Riva del Garda, Willingen and Leogang, went to Jana Zieschank (GER; 2,105 points) and Sascha Weber (GER; 2,641).
While Zieschank earned the decisive points as winner of the women's masters category on the middle distance, Weber finished fourth in the men's classification on the middle distance, after deciding to not complete the full length of the race as originally planned after suffering two punctures.
Full results of today's Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon can be checked online.