Silvia Brandstetter, F55-59 XTERRA European Tour Champion 2018

Sep. 19, 2018

She visited XTERRA Switzerland last year with her friend and fall in love with this sport.

This year she decided to race XTERRA for the first time and managed to capture the European Tour title in her age group.

XE: Name, Surname, country, occupation, Family status.
Silvia Brandstetter from Switzerland, Bank employee, Friend & Friends 

XE: When, where and why did you started XTERRA ?

I started this year. XTERRA Belgium 2018 was my first XTERRA. Switzerland and Graveman Light followed. Before, I did various triathlon (I started late in 2010) – because I love the challenge/ to give my best - and in 2016 I finished Ironman Hawaii as 15th in my AG. I did also a few times the Inferno Triathlon and the Swissman in 2018, because I love nature, mountain biking and cross running. When I accompanied my friend to XTERRA Switzerland last year, I knew immediately, that’s exactly what I want to do, too. XTERRA that’s what I love!

XE: What it means for you to win the Euro Tour, did you plan it ?

I'm f… /so proud (I'm 56 years young.) and very happy! 😊 Not at all!

XE: What is your best and worst memory from this XTERRA season ?

The beer at the award ceremony in Belgium 😊 No bad memories at all. Great mood, great people and amazing landscape everywhere!

XE: What was the best location you visited because of racing XTERRA ?

Haha, can't tell. I've been only to three locations so far. And they were all fantastic. OK, the beer was in Belgium the best, in France the looseness and spirit & in Switzerland the family atmosphere.

silvia bike

XE: What is your average training volume per week ?

8-10 hours (up to 17 hours) 

XE: Who is for you the best XTERRA ambassador from the athletes you met this season and why ?

My friend Samuel Jud, who finished 2nd at XTERRA Graveman, because he is a free spirit – he lives as he wants to live rather than in a conventional way. He lives according to his own wishes and beliefs, unconstrained by society's conventions / by the usual rules of social behaviors… He sees things differently and he does what makes him happy.  And (important as well 😉) he is a Great Sportsman 😊 and he does XTERRA Competition because he loves to challenge himself in nature and with fun!  As me… 😉

XE: Will you race at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui, if yes what will be your goal there ?

Yes I will go to XTERRA World Championship in Maui!! With Sam :) My goal... have fun, finish and give my best… "The (man) who does his best is good enough". Bring back some great memories for ever…

XE: Thank you very much Silvia and congratulations!  

Your welcome… and see you in Maui 😊