On Sunday we have the European Championship XCO in Italy I feel good and healthy and well prepared. A great Norwegian Team with strong juniors and U-23 men that will show the norwegian colors with pride.
This year European Championship take place in Darfo Boario Terme, north of Italy. A beautifull area that I would love to see more of (next holidays!!!). Being a cyclist in Italy is always great, so we are enjoying top hospitality and Italien Cuisine in a nice family hotel close to the course / venue (Hotel Sorriso).
It is and will always be special for me to do championships, wearing the flag- jersey and representing Norway. Doing this together with a group of young riders, that works hard, have the right spirit, are motivated and well prepared, is a big bonus in many ways. I think we will see some of our guys in the front both tomorrow (juniors) and on Sunday (U-23).
For many years we did not have the kind of sethup that we have today in the national team. I`m proud of what we are representing today as a team. It is great to experience this now in the end of a long carrie and I can see a bright future. There will be some strong Norwegian mountainbikers out there for many more years. The every day fun and joy is important when you prepare for such a big event and that is just what we have in the Norwegian Team today.
We arrived here Monday night after some nice days back home with the family. I even experienced a few days with summer at home and that felt good. Coming home after 5 weeks on the road riding the local trails, is just great. Getting some colors on my legs, is kind of magic…looks almost young and fit again
We had enough days here to get a long travel out of the legs and also to get to know the course well. It is a though course with steep climbs both up and down, and very technical. Many drops, roots and big rocks. Most everything is natural, just one built drop in a downhillsection, besides a little pump-track just before the finish line.
I think the organization did a great job here taking over this championship in the last moment. There has been quite a lot of bad crashes and I don`t like that. Some adjustments are done in the course, so the races, both on Saturday and Sunday, will be spectacular for sure. With so many drops and steep section, I will be racing my Merida Big Nine with a KS dropperpost. More safe and much smoother with a dropperpost in this kind of course.
Team Norway is ready and I`m very excited to follow the young guys giving their best.
Keep riding and have fun
Greetings from Gunn-Rita