Alban Lakata

Alban Lakata
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  • Name: Alban Lakata
  • Birth: 06/25/1979
  • Place of Residence: Lienz, Austria

Alban Lakata

There is a good reason why the three-time Marathon World Champion is called the “Albanator“. With his immense muscular endurance, he produces a racing effort that leaves most people uttering the term “immortal“.

Three-time Marathon World Champion, silver medalist at the Marathon World Championships, and two-time European MTB Marathon Champion are only a few of the top results which top Alban‘s impressive race resume.

Alban‘s strength and talent shines most in marathon distance events. When his competition starts to run out of breath, Alban is just getting warmed up. “I‘m the competitive type who always tries to figure out: How good am I? How good can I become?“ says the Tyrolean.

As a member of Topeak-Ergon Racing Team since 2009, Alban brings his Austrian charm and a great deal of horsepower to the sport. The Dolomites serve as the daily training grounds for Alban, with long and strenuous climbs right out the front door. “No matter if it’s equipment, fitness, or diet, I try to push the limit and reach to be the absolute best.“

Palmarès

2017

  • Marathon World Champion

2016

  • Vice Worldchampion Marathon Laissac
  • 1. Place Singen Marathon
  • 1. Team relay Dolomitenmann

2015

  • Marathon World Champion
  • Leadville Trail 100 MTB Course Record
  • 2. Place ABSA Cape Epic

2014

  • Vice Marathon World Champion

2013

  • Marathon European Champion
  • 1. Place Leadville Trail 100 MTB
  • Leadville Trail 100 MTB Course Record
  • Ergon StoryMission Sub 6 Hours at the legendary Leadville Trail 100 MTB
  • Shadow WarriorIn the high elevations of Colorado, drafting is often a deciding factor for victory on the mountain bike battle grounds. Only with a coordinated team attack can you break the elusive sub-6 hour limit.
  • Into the WindPreparation is everything. Alban acclimatized to the thin air at 3000 meters two weeks prior to the race and looked for every aerodynamic position available on the bike.
  • Details of SuccessIn order to break the sub-6 hour record, the race equipment needs to be dialed to perfection. Team mechanic, Peter, takes one last check before the race day.
  • Early BirdsStarting at 6:30 AM in near freezing temperatures, 1,700 mountain bikers hit the road to take on the grueling 100 miles.
  • OutliersThe top riders save energy by working as a group at the front of the race. With only miles left, Kristian Hynek breaks away on a solo mission searching for the victory.
  • 5:58The solo effort takes its toll on Kristian and he is forced to let up due to dehydration and cramping. Alban is able to bridge the gap right before the finish to secure the new course record. 5 hours and 58 minutes is now the magic number at the Leadville Trail 100.

“I’m a racehorse. Put a number plate on my bike and going slow is not an option.“