MTB Team RACERSThomas Litscher

At the end of 2012, Thomas Litscher was in 39th position in the UCI world ranking. This does not reflect the true strength of 2011’s under 23 World Cross Country champion, as the young Swiss rider faced a tough start and end of season. After strong performances at international races in Cyprus, Litscher crashed hard and lost precious weeks of training as a consequence. Thomas had to leave his season early due to returning saddle sores as well. Meanwhile, he managed to score a top15 finish at Mont Sainte-Anne’s Worldcup race, win the first Swiss championships in the new Cross Country eliminator format and finish in 3rd at the last race of the hotly contested Swiss Cross Country series in Muttenz. As a strong rider with good bike handling skills, Thomas Litscher excels on technical courses with steady changes of rhythm and also shines in Cross Country eliminator races. As part of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, he wants to follow in José Hermida’s footsteps and one day add an elite-level World championship title to his record.

 

world ranking 39

height 183 cm

weight 74 kg

place of residence Thal / SG (SUI)

date of birth 14.05.1989

occupation Administrative assistant

coach Bruno Diethelm

hobbies Cross country skiing, alpine skiing, cooking, shopping, drinking coffee

marital status Single

website www.thomaslitscher.ch

twitter @ThomasLitscher

SUCCESSES

2012 Swiss national champion Cross Country Eliminator, 3rd at BMC Racing Cup race in Muttenz, 15th at Worldcup Cross Country race in Mont Sainte-Anne, 5th overall at Craft Bike TransGermany stage race, 7th place at Swiss national Cross Country championships

2011 World champion Cross Country under 23, Swiss national champion Cross Country under23, Bronze medal at European under23 Cross Country championships, winner of Offenburg’s marathon race, Worldcup results: 9th places in Val di Sole, Mont Sainte-Anne and Offenburg, 10th place in Dalby Forest, 14th place in Windham

2010 Silver medal, World under23 Cross Country championships, World champion team relay, European champion team relay, Worldcup results: 15th at Champéry, 20th in Offenburg

2009 Bronze medal, World under23 Cross Country championships, Silver medal European under23 Cross Country champion, Silver medal team relay at European championships

2008 Finishing his apprenticeship, thus no priority on sports

2007 World junior crosscountry champion, European junior crosscountry champion