The Sparkasse MTB Festival in Stuttgart's Schleyer Hall was the meeting place for the international MTB elite last weekend. In addition to the Hall of Dirt contest, a freestyle competition, there was also an indoor sprint. Guido Tschugg, track builder and Red Bull team driver, created an indoor track especially for the event. Almost 70 starters, including European sprint champion Daniel Federspiel, tried to set a good time in the sand on the 450 meter long track. Federspiel got off to a good start, only losing to Lubomir Vojta in qualifying. The fast Czech has a strong BMX background and was particularly familiar with the starting technique, so he found himself in the final together with Federspiel and the two Lexware team riders, David Horvath and Christian Pfäffle.
However, Vojta didn't miss a beat in the final either and secured victory. Behind him, the fight for the podium degenerated. “It was a very special sprint here in the hall. The start was important and then you couldn't make any mistakes. It's great that they do something like this here, I really liked it.", says Vojta, who also wants to compete in the World Cup several times this year. Pfäffle slipped away in the first corner. His teammate Horvath took his chance and took second place, which he successfully defended and secured second place ahead of Federspiel. "I never thought I could get this far. When I was in the final I had nothing to lose, that calmed me down. The fact that there was so much driving technique in it suited me very well.”, said the 18-year-old junior driver.
Hannah Grobert caused a big surprise for the women. She takes first place in her first sprint competition. "I thought, let's do a sprint." Hannah Grobert was completely surprised herself. "It was my first real sprint."
Veronika Brüchle secured second place, followed by Kim Riesterer and Nadine Rieder.
1. Lubomir Vojta (Dukla Brno)
2. David Horvath (Lexware MTB Team
3. Daniel Federspiel (Ötztal-Scott)
4. Christian Pfäffle (Lexware MTB Team)
5. Georg Egger (Lexware MTB Team)
1. Hannah Grobert
2. Veronika Bruechle (Stevens)
3. Kim Riesterer (Lexware MTB Team)
4. Nadine Rieder (AMG Rotwild)
5. Lena Wehrle (Lexware MTB Team)