The peak of the season is just around the corner. XCO World Championship in Lenzerheide (SUI), followed by the Worlds Marathon in Auronzo di Cadore (ITA). Both events and tracks suits me fine.
Season 2018 has been great so far. The weeks after the UCI World Cup win in Andorra/ Vallnord, was busy and challenging in many ways. Happyness and adrenalin keeps you going for many days after such a race, even though the body and mind are very tired.
LOADING BATTERY AT HOME
Out of long experience I know that I will have to work hard to start on zero again to mobilize and put your mind on new targets. It is especially hard when you are totally exhausted and you just want to rest. At the same time you have to keep going.
The first 3 days back home after a period on the road, with success or not, I spend at home together with Bjørnar, Kenneth and the cats. We do things together that we enjoy, bikerides, running together, just playing games and cooking. Doing typical housework is a relaxing thing for me and making a good dinner every night is my favourite activity these first days back home. A movie before bedtime, where mind and body is totally relaxed, is a must.
BUSY DAYS ON THE ROAD
The following weeks did ”fly” due to lots of activity on and of the bike. First weekend after Andorra we spend in the Dolomites mountains testing the course for this year Worlds Championship Marathon that is hosted by Auronzo di Cadore. 3Epic will be a challenge and an adventure for life for sure and it might be my last World Championship ever. You can still join me for Sunday morning the 16th of September for the amatheur race
After hours of climbing high mountains, Kenneth and I spend 2 days in Ruhpolding for the Merida Testevent. It was nice meeting lots of our merida family again, but also getting to test several of the 2019 new models. I even had a nice ride on a e-bike. Did you ever try an e-bike?
Next big race for me was the European Championships in Glasgow. The training and work towards this event, went as planed and I did feel good. I started of strong and confident, but had a mechanical issue after about 2,5 laps. After a long run with my bike, I got back into the race and finished in position 13th.
Big disapointment for sure and it hit me hard the following days. But no time for rest and feeling sorry for myself! Kenneth and I had one night at home before heading for Sweden and CykelVasan. This marathon event became the biggest cykling festival in Scandinavia with 25000 starters in total. 94 kilometer distanse race, mainly on gravelroads and no real climbing at all. Fast and exciting. We enjoyed the event a lot and would love to come back and race again next year. Could this be something for you? Race with me the CykelVasan 2019!!!
BACK IN ALTITUDE – LIVIGNO
From Sweden direct to Italy and Livigno. We love this place and it feels good to be back after 2 years time. Last summer we spend some extra weeks traning back home. Allways good with a little change. Now we have races to come in altitude and we put up some weeks here in Livigno.
Next challenge in racing will be the WC Final in La Bresse (FRA) this coming weekend. The course should be totally new for this year in La Bresse, moved out of the town more up in the mountains. We have good memories from this place winning the WC there in 2012. Looking forward to race in La Bresse again.
This WC final might be my last WC race ever. It feels a little strange to write this, but all good things have to come to an end one day. But I have not found a reason to end my XCO carrer now! Why stop when I can stil win races? I love my job. I love riding my bike. I love being out there motivating and talking to people with the same passion.
The final decision about what I do next year will be taken just after the worlds. What I know for sure is that I will continue to ride my bike around the world for many more years. If there is a possibility, there is always a solution.
Hopefully we meet in La Bresse, or Lenzerheide or Auronzo di Cadore?!!
Keep on riding.
Greetings from Gunn-Rita
Team Merida GunnRita