Flueckiger Brothers Make History on World Champs Podium
In an amazing race of changing fortunes, Trek World Racing’s Swiss duo of Luk and Math Flueckiger fulfilled a career long dream of standing together on a World Championship podium, and in so doing, became the first pair of siblings to do so in the sport. It was a roller coaster ride over the 8 laps that saw Math fighting through traffic at the start from a third row grid position, and Luk fighting back from around 12th place after suffering a motivation issue during the 3rd lap.
Both riders had a clear target for this race and prepared perfectly with their coach Bruno Diethelm. This included a high altitude camp in their favourite venue St. Moritz, straight after the last World Cup, and then Math had a stint in the US with a ProTour road race and high altitude training in Utah. For Math this was a great way to finish a season that had some low points early on.
Math said: "It's just incredible. It's such a nice feeling. It was so hard today. I had a difficult start to the season and was for a long time in a low point. These past few months I've gotten better and better and now I’m finishing this season really well. It's great Luk and I could be on the podium together."
On the 2nd and 3rd laps both guys were running in the top 10 but then started to lose touch with the front three. It was at this point that Luk started to see his dream of a World Championship Elite medal fade away, again. It was too much and he began to back off, the pace too high at the front. This saved his legs and allowed him to fight back later. In fact, his lap times on lap 4, 5, 6 and 7 were faster than race winner Nino Schurter, gaining a total of 32 seconds and finding himself in the silver medal position. Schurter learned of the fast approaching brothers and increased the pace to finally win by the narrow margin of 29 seconds.
Luk said: "I wasn't focused on the results today, I was focused on me and putting the hammer down, but it was motivating to see the guys coming back and the gap to Nino going down. But by the second last lap, I realized the gap was stable and I knew Nino had some reserves somewhere. Before the race I knew that I had to be in the front for a medal, but the first 2 laps were too fast. I had to slow down a little bit. But I think it was right for me, because I had more power at the end of the race and could come back. I'm always stronger at the end of the race. This is a great dream to have my wife and all my family here to see me and Math on the podium."
The Silver and Bronze medal formed the perfect set with Anton Cooper’s Gold Medal from the morning, and with all three riders on the brand new 2013 Trek Superfly Ultimate, it’s clear the results were no fluke. Trek World Racing can proudly say we were the number 1 trade team here at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike XC World Championships.
Results for World Championships are here: