Wyman leads Kupfernagel at Karl-Wagner-Preis. Photo: Courtesy Stefan Wyman

Wyman leads Kupfernagel at Karl-Wagner-Preis. © Stefan Wyman

After returning from a mid-season training camp in Portugal, a refreshed Helen Wyman (Kona/FSA) returned to racing with a bang in Germany this weekend. Having never been to the Karl-Wagner-Preis International or the Internationale Dohlauer Crossrennen before, it was a step into the unknown for the Belgian-based Kona Pro, but it proved to be a great weekend.

On Saturday in the Dohlauler International, Helen blasted away on the first descent and never looked backed, taking the victory by over a minute from former teammate Birgit Hollmann. “The course could have been anywhere in the UK really, it reminded me of the some the courses I have ridden back home. The most important thing for me today was to see that my season’s building well and my training camp was pitched at the right level. Judging by today, it was,” said Wyman after the race.

Sunday was a very different kind of race with much more of a mountain bike feel to many parts of the course. The field also brought the race to another level with the addition of Hanka Kupfernagel and Pavla Havlikova. Havlikova is the current leader of the GVA trophy, while Kupfernagel needs little introduction.

Pushing very hard from the start, Kupfernagel and Wyman broke from the chasing pack of five on the first lap. With the two pushing each other right to end, it always looked like it would be a very tight finish to the race. Hanka, proved to be just too clever in the last 400 meters and pipped Helen at the line. Pavla finished 3rd, with Birgit again finishing best of the rest.

“It’s always a pleasure to do battle with Hanka. It’s basically like bike school when you get to go wheel for wheel with the best ever female crosser. You can’t pay for that kind of training anywhere in the world. Yeah, I’m annoyed I couldn’t finish it off and win, but it’s been a great weekend. Bring on Koksijde,” commented Wyman.

Full Results – Dohlauer International

1Helen WYMAN GBR 2942:57:00
2Birgit HOLLMANN GER 3744:07:00
3Elisabeth BRANDAU GER 2544:09:00
4Agnes NAUMANN GER 2444:14:00
5Sabrina SCHWEIZER GER 2046:17:00
6Nora SCHAUFUSS GER 2247:20:00
7Liv-Susanne BACHMANN GER 3147:39:00
8Daniela STORCH GER 2447:49:00

Full Results – Karl-Wagner-Pries International

1Hanka KUPFERNAGEL GER 3638:49:00
2Helen WYMAN GBR 2938:52:00
3Pavla HAVLIKOVA CZE 2739:49:00
4Birgit HOLLMANN GER 3740:56:00
5Martina ZWICK GER 2140:56:00
6Sabrina SCHWEIZER GER 2040:56:00
7Elisabeth BRANDAU GER 2541:03:00
8Agnes NAUMANN GER 2441:03:00
9Zuzana PIRZKALLOVÁ CZE 1742:28:00
10Mailin HUMMEL GER 3143:29:00
11Nora SCHAUFUSS GER 2244:50:00
12Sandra FORTUNATO GER 4745:32:00
13Liv-Susanne BACHMANN GER 3145:34:00
15Michaela ISTVANOVA CZE 19
16Beatrix FRASS GER 36

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