It was very cold and very strong. The snow was much better than last year. Last year I started the first time for this race. But I could not remember how hard it really is. I thought and told my friends, that it is quite easy, not so much up and down. But in reality it is the contrary. I goes down and on the other side quite steep up. There is one spot where it goes up so fast, that you can not scate but you have to walk like a frog. I did not remember all this. Maybe the route was slightly different last year.
I were behind a frind the whole race, always at a distance of between 10 and 100 meters. But I were not able to fetch him until 100 meters before the finish when his foreman and he himself took the wrong side of a branch. I just wanted to follow them when the bystanders called. So I were able to correct my course early enought, but my friend already was gone a couple of meters, so he had to stop and turn and he then finish a few secounds after me.