German rider, Kirsten Halmschlag, who rides for the Kona Bike Ranch team from Schonach, took the win in the 70km Trace Vosgienne French marathon race convincingly. From the start the race was in her excellent hands, after a short asphalt section it headed uphill followed by a long flowing almost eternal downhill filled with roots, stone paths and mossy sections. Right from the start she was out the front and was able to maintain this until the finish with a lead time of almost 30 minutes!