Lucas in honor at the MAXXIS BIKE Transalp 2022

19.07.2022 - 11:45

The BIKE Transalp is an emotional experience. For Alexander, his family and his friends, the seven-day mountain bike stage race was particularly emotional this year.

Lucas had really wanted to ride the BIKE Transalp again - with his brother. Unfortunately, it can no longer. Because Lucas was killed in a traffic accident last fall.

It is a depressing and yet joyful mood at the same time. Alexander and his father visibly miss their brother and son. Nevertheless, they would by no means see this BIKE Transalp as a funeral procession. "That wouldn't do my son justice," explains father Joe, hiding his gaze behind darkened sunglasses. "He was always in a good mood and cheerful. He wouldn't have wanted us to be sad for long."

Twelve people they are: Friends and family. Together, they are taking part in the MAXXIS BIKE Transalp 2022 in Lucas' honor. And have as much fun as possible for their loved one in the process. "My brother rode his first BIKE Transalp last year. He had an incredible amount of fun. He said: in a few years, when I've trained more, we'll ride the thing together," explains Alexander, in whose smile the sadness does not go undetected. I too am touched, hiding my trepidation behind the next question.

What is it like to be here with this memory? "It's very emotional," Joe says. Lucas' father doesn't need to say more, and it doesn't take sliding down his sunglasses to look for more in his gaze - it's clear: this week is laced with deeply sad, but also very beautiful moments. "We talk a lot about Lucas," Alexander continues. "We want to remember him. The way he was. That's why they're mostly happy conversations." And of course, they dedicate the leader's jersey, which Alexander and his team partner Claudia were allowed to wear in the mixed category for the first few days, to Lucas. "It will lie on his grave for some time and then it will join his medal collection," Alexander explains with a smile. But the big goal, of course, remains to arrive in Riva, he said. "Wearing the leader's jersey is of course a great feeling, but we want above all to arrive at Lake Garda and enjoy the days until then." Just as Lucas would have expected.

Dedicated to Lucas is also the logo that sticks to everyone's wheels. "Each of us has a sticker on his bike and a shirt with imprint," Alexander reports. A sign to the outside world that Lucas remains unforgotten. A sign also the relatives and friends who traveled especially to Riva to greet the team at the finish of the stage race after a particularly emotional week. The tremendous emotions that wash over the large 50-strong squad remain hidden to no one.

Today, more than a week after the MAXXIS BIKE Transalp 2022, Alexander's and Joe's feelings are very mixed. "Of course it was wonderful to spend a week doing what Lucas loved most," Alexander explains. "However, I never miss Lucas more than in those very moments."

We wish Alexander and his family much strength and are honored to have been able to play a small part in the memorial trip.