Chies d’ Alpago: Yesterday I participated in my fourth consecutive UEC European Championship. Every year I’ve managed to better my position with one place. But, the last four years, I personally feel my riding has progressed more than one position a year. So it was a great relief to get that confirmation yesterday, and thus getting my first international top 10 result.
Warming up before the race:
The impossible was possible
I ended up on 9th place, with only stronger riders ahead of me. I was 15 points from a top 6 position, that would’ve secured me a spot among the top six and a ticket to the final. Ahead of the race I perceived many of the obstacles and sections as impossible for me. Some of the sections were quite scary, and objectively dangerous. So I did a few tactical decisions and I’m really happy with that. Not the way I would like to see trials riding evolve, but the best I could do with the situation yesterday.
Tough first lap
The first lap I got five penalties at every section. Of course I was not happy with that, but lots of the mistakes were after I had cleared the hardest obstacles in the section. Thus I knew I was able to get through most of the sections the next two laps. This was also my third race this season, and first international race, so maybe I needed one lap to get into the zone.
Better and better
The second lap I rode even better than the first, but unfortunately I had a few mistakes I should’ve been without. I bettered my score with four points, ending up with 21 penalites. At the third lap I started to get into the race properly, and rode really well. I got through the three easiest sections with respectively 2, 2 and 4 points. Also, on of the hardest sections, where I just marked five penalties on the two first laps, and had a go as the last section of the day.
No risk no fun
The section consisted of logs in a horse shoe formation, first going uphill, then flat, and then rolling down on the logs. Everything quite high above the ground with lots of risk (unnecessarily imo). I thought I had nothing to loose riding it in the end of the race. And I was right. I did everything in the section, but had to put a foot down twice to re-establish balance. Better than falling down and die I think! Also, I got one time penalty, ending up with three points in a section I thought was impossible and also a bit dangerous.
Best support ever
I want to thank the Norwegian Federation and especially Eddy for a great support in this championship. We’ve been staying at an small hotel (Dolada) with one star in the Michelin guide. So the food here is beyond great! Also, I have never had any better bike before. I been focused making it as light as possible, and weighted it at 8,1 kg before the race. So big thanks to GT Bicycles, TNN Bikes and Vee Tire Co. for sorting me out with the best parts.