Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Estonian Championships XCM 2020

Selja taga ka maratoni eestikad!

Teadsin, et on oodata kihutamist ja lootsin heale vihmale, paar päeva enne ikka sadas, kuid väga palju see aeglasemaks sõitu ei teinud, natuke ehk ikka.

Stardikiirendusest suhteliselt hästi minema, aga seal meeste virr-varris läks ikka naiste arvestuse asi sassi, ei teadnud ma kes eespool kes tagapool, noh päris esimeseks ma ennast ei arvanud, kuna nii kiirelt ka sinna vahele ei suskinud. Mingitel hetkedel oli raske, päris palju sõitsin üksi, mis võttis ka kiirust allapoole ja vahet esimestega, aga olin endaga rahul. Lõpus sain natuke neljandal kohal ka sõita, aga tagant tulnud põhisõidu poisid tõid järgmise naise jälle kannule ja siis oli tal rohkem särtsu et asi lõpuni viia. Top5. Võiks paremini aga võiks ka kehvemini, heh et sel päeval tegin kõik mis suutsin ja nüüd juba olen reisil, et tagasi Lõuna-Euroopasse minna.

Kahjuks jääb mul Mega-avalanche ära, mida minu Miranda tiim sel nädalavahetusel sõidab, aga kalendris hetkel meil veel paar elekrtiratta võidusõitu, et siis seadistan end jälle sellele rattale ja laen akut , haha.

Aitäh kõigile kaasaelajatele, nii raja ääres kui arvuti taga !

 

Also marathon championships done!

I knew that will be a fast race, but I hoped for the rain, few days before it even rained quite a lot, but it did not make the race significantly slower.

From the start I got away well, but in the mix of the men, I couldn’t tell which women were in front which behind me, well I didn’t think that I was first as I didn’t fly that fast. In some points I struggled, and quite a lot of times I was riding alone, which made the pace slower and lost more time for the front women in groups, but I was ok with myself. More in the end I also passed to fourth place, but then some youngsters came with high speed and brought the other lady back to my wheel and in the end she had more spark to finish. Top5. Could have been better, could have been worse, well I did my best on the day, and now I am already in travel to get back to south of Europe.

Unfortunately I have to stay home when my team Miranda is at Mega-Avalanche, but we have some other races on electrical bikes in the calendar for August, so I will set me up to ride on the that bike and load the battery, hehe.

Thanks to all the supporters on the course and behind the screens !


Thursday, July 16, 2020

ERR Sport

Olin telekas! Hehe, päris närvis isegi olin enne intervjuud, eks ma pole kunagi hea sõnasepp olnud, ehk sellepärast. Siin videoklipp, mis eetrisse läks, juttu puhusime muidugi rohkem, monteeritud kokku oli nii. Palju huvitavat või siis minu vaatevinklist tähelepanuväärsemat ei saanud sisse, kuid hooaeg veel ees Mirandaga, ja ehk saab rohkemat näha tulevikus. 

15.07.2020 ETV Sport

I was on tv! Haha, I was quite nervous before the interview, I have never been a good talker, thats why. Here is the clip that went on air, we of course talked much more, it was the montage of it. Much of interesting or maybe from my point of view was excluded, but the season with Miranda is still ahead, and maybe some is used in the future. As it was on Estonian National Television then its in Estonian :P

Monday, July 13, 2020

Estonian Championships XCO 2020

No nii! Läbi ta sai, üks emotsionaalselt jubedamaid päevi aastas nagu Filipe mainis. 
Sel aastal ei olnud mul võistlusi all, kuid trenni oli tehtud, ja läksin peale suhteliselt sellise mõttega, et ükskõik kuidas läheb, annan igal momendil endast parima. 
Alustan siis rajast - selline tore metsarada, täpselt selline tore, kuhu algajal harrastajal maanteelt tulla ja näha, et oh maastikusõit ju tore , mõned 10 cm dropid ka, et kõik saaksid uhkust tunda, et näe lendasin/hüppasin. Ma tõesti ei proovi siin irooniat sisse tuua ja ütlen täie tõsidusega, et oli tore. Eestikate vaatevinklist, aga ei toonud, see rajale raskust juurde, mis tooks välja ka sõitjate rattavalitsuse, ja kuna me oleme siin päris mitu aastat väga kihvtide radadega eestikaid saanud, siis selles mõttes jäi lahjaks. Ei ole midagi, tugevam võitis, selles pole kahtlust. Ja hea meel, et selliseid radu tehakse, tundus et aastaringne rada, kuhu kõigil võimalus alati sõitma minna.
Stardist sain päris hästi ära, peale esimest põksu ja sinkavonkatamist, isegi sprintisin et esikahele järgi minna, aga siis edasi sai keha korraliku kolaka, polnud ikkagi sellist intensiivsust ammu saanud. Raske oli , kuid suutsin alati hetke jääda ja anda maksimumi hetkest. Sellest ka finishis hea meel. Ma olin rahul oma sõiduga, kuna olin andnud ja jätnud kõik endast rajale. 
Peale adrenaliini lahtumist ja keha vajumist sinna täielikku vaakumisse, siis tuli pettumus, ükskõik kui hästi ma suudan endale rääkida, siis kuskil sisemuses on ikka see võitja, kes tahtis näha end poodiumil. Reaalselt vaadates kaks esimest olid omast klassist, aga kolmas koht, see ehk oleks püütav olnud, aga mitte ilma võistlusteta, keha ei olnud valmis.
Madis oskas enne starti hõigata, et näe Maaris võitis oma esimese tiitli eelmisel sajandil! Eks ta nii ole, aga nii dramaatiliseks väljaütlemiseks ei olnud ma ehk valmis. 
Südamest tänan kõiki rajal kaasaelajaid, pole midagi paremat kui kaasaelatakse, kui annad endast parimat, mis sest et seal esikohale ei sõida. Aitäh! 
Seda miks ma ütlesin, et see mu üks emotsionaalselt raskemaid päevi aastas on, ei ole võimalik ära seletada, kuna seal on nii palju isiklikke momente, et isegi mina ei suuda seda pusa lahti harutada, lihtsalt las ta jääb või siis tuleb lihtsalt ära lõigata.
Aitäh kõigile lugejatele ja kaasaelajatele, olen ikkagi õnnega koos, et olen elus ja terve ja saan rattaga kihutada!


Ok, so its done, the worst day in the year emotionally for me, like Filipe made me realize.
This year I had no racing in, but I had done good training, so I went to the race knowing that I will try to be always in the moment however it goes.
So I will start with the course - was nice forest track . That kind of nice that beginners and people from road riding can go ride and realize that mountain bike is nice, some 10cm drops, so that everyone could be proud to say that they were off the ground and jumped. I really dont mean to bring irony in this saying, I do seriously think it was a nice track. From the point of view of championships, it was a track were bike handling did not count, and as few past years we have had such an amazing tracks, this one felt a bit boring. There is no doubt the stronger one won! And I am glad that this kind of tracks are made, seemed to be all-around- the year open track for everyone to enjoy some mountain biking.
From the start I got off quite well, after first hills and zigzag I even felt good enough to sprint to get back to the first two, but then the intensity hit me, my body was not prepared for it. It was hard, no question, but I could always be in the moment and give my best in the moment, so at the finish I was happy with me, I had given my all in every single moment. 
After the adrenaline dissolved and total vacuum kicked in, came the disappointment, no matter how good I talk to me, there is the winner deep inside me, who wanted podium place.
Realistically the first two were off to their own thing, but the third place, could have been to fight for, but not without racing, body was not ready for it. 
Madis, our legendary commentator, knew to mention before start that I won my first title in the past century! Looking the numbers, it is so, but I guess I was not ready for that kind of dramatizing. 
I sincerely thank all of you cheering on the course for me, there is nothing better than others cheering while giving my best, no matter the position. Thank you!
Why I said it is one of the hardest days in the year emotionally, this cannot be explained, there are so many personal aspects, that even I cannot solve this mess, it either stays or needs to be cut off.
Thank you all the readers and cheerers, I am so lucky to be alive and healthy and race my bikes!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Estonian Championships Downhill 2020

No nii, üle pika aja saab jälle võistlemisest kirjutada.
Kiviõli Seikluskeskuses oli korralikult tööd tehtud ja rajad olid head. Kaks rada, mida aja peale alla kihutasime, ja siis liideti ajad kokku. 
Laupäeva pärastlõunal tegin track-walk-i ehk jalutasin rajad jalgsi üle, nagu alati mulle tundub jala palju hullem kui rattal. Rattal ikka palju kergem järsust nõlvast alla saada !
Treeningud pühapäeval sujusid hästi ja lõunaks olin oma liinidega valmis, kerge paus ja snäkk ning oligi võistlusaeg käes. 
EMV korraldati koos Baltic Cup etapiga, ehk meil olid ka lätlannad konkurentsi pakkumas, meid oli isegi kokku 7. 
Nagu ikka downhill on midagi muud, sealne õhkkond on sõbralik ja täis adrenaliini, selline miks annab alati hea tunde, rõõm oli enda töö ära teha. Ja mulle mu töö meeldib :D
Mõlemad rajad sain suuremate apsakateta alla ja tiitel on minu! Suur aplaus kõigile naistele ja ka meestele, kes stardis olid. Ja tänu neile, kes raja äärde vaatama tulid või kaugemalt kaasa elasid! Ja loomulikult korraldajatele ja rajameistritele! 
Mul oli ka mu kiivrikaamera peal, et siin link minu VIDEOle. Ilusad pildid on tehtud Juri Vsivtsevi poolt.







Well, well, well, once again I can write about competition.
Good work had been done with the  Kiviõli Adventure Center downhill tracks and they were awesome to ride. Two tracks, the times were summed to get the final result.
Saturday afternoon I did the track-walk, for me always the tracks seem so much harder and scarier when walking. Its so much easier to get down from a steep hill on a bike!
The trainings on Sunday went well and by noon I had done with my lines, small break and lunch and it was time to race.
Estonian champs were held together with Baltic Cup first event, so we had also Latvians to race with, we had total of 7 women!
As always downhill is something different, the ambiant is so friendly and full of adrenaline, that mixture gives such a good vibe, it was pleasure to make my work. And I love my work :D
Got down both tracks without major mistakes and the titel is mine! Big aplaus to all the women and also to men who were on the start gate. And thanks to all those who came to cheer and watch or send their good vibes as support! And of course to the organizers and track builders! 
I had also my helmet cam with me , here is link to my VIDEO. The awesome photos are taken by Juri Vsivtsev.


Friday, April 24, 2020

Pole võistlusi, pole blogimist

Mõtlesin, et peale talvepausi, kus vaid trenni sai tehtud, saab ka blogile elu sisse koos iganädalaste postitustega, aga vot, pole võistlusi, pole blogimist.
Aga siiski panen mõned read kirja.
Minul on kõik hästi, teen trenni, eks vahel on selline kummaline tunne, et kui pole sihti, siis pole soovi või õigemini teadmist, mida peaks tegema, aga nüüd siis sõidan neid pikemaid ringe, mis tavaliselt talvesse jäävad, ilusamate ilmadega - soojemate ja rohelisematena. Mõtlesin, et mul kõik lahedad Caramulo mäekünka teed läbisõidetud ja avastatud, aga näe olen veel uusi avastanud, mõtlen, et peaks gopro kaasa mõni päev võtma ja teile ka neid kauneid kohti näitama.
Siia mõned pildid siis mu telefonist
Kõike head!

nagu kevadele kohane, on vihma, päikest, sooja ja jahedust







joogaga ka rohkem aega 





After the winter break when the blog was quiet, I thought now will be so busy, but well no race, no blogging.
But I will still write some lines.
With me all is good, I am training, sometimes I have the weird feeling that I dont have a focus, or maybe it is motivation or the unknowingness, but well I am doing some of the bigger laps that usually I can only make in winter time, but now I can make it with better weather, warmer and greener. I thought I have already discovered all cool little roads at Caramulo valley, but I am still discovering, I should take my gopro with me sometime, so I could show you guys as well.
Meantime here are some photos from my phone
All the best!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Remember Monaco?!

Siin on väike video klipp meie Monaco WESseries võistlusest.
LINK

Here is a small video from our Monaco WES series event.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

My voice!


It’s a hard situation right now and sad to see the health care systems being on so much pressure.
People are afraid and media is multiplying it.
I see so many of my connections saying stay home or even stay the fuck home, so this could pass and we could get back to our normal everyday life as it was.
Yes we should stay out of contact from other people, for the sake of our health systems, but not in the hope to get back to “normal” as soon as possible.
Take this time to really THINK what put us in this situation, whether the virus is self-made or it’s from the nature, we would be SO much better off if our immune systems would be healthier.
I don’t know what the graphs would say about the % of people die in Covid-19 because their immune system was down from smoking, health conditions from unhealthy eating habits, air pollution, not getting enough exercise, I don’t know the numbers, but by the looks of it and risk groups mentioned – it would be a considerable % for sure! To elaborate from it, the health systems are under so much pressure because of our daily choices.

So please don’t say I want to get back to the normal life as it was, AIM FOR BETTER!
Acknowledge your daily habits that deteriorate your body and our planet.
Do you really think vaccine is the magical thing that would cure everything? So you could go back to eating shit, abusing your body and trashing the world!!
I am quite sure this is just a rehearsal for something bigger that will happen in the future, as you see we were not ready for this one and if we don’t learn from it, we will not be ready for the next one. Keep a positive mind and know that you as an individual have the power over your immune system to function well and over the environment you live in, you just need to break your habits, and that’s the hardest part, excuse is so easy to find compared to action.
Its easy actually – eat healthy- cut down on processed foods, refined sugar etc. , exercise regularly, don’t smoke, as much as possible avoid polluting the world, like maybe going for groceries on foot or bike that is just 10min away or getting your exercise by biking to work, if home-office works well at quarantine why not to keep it, dont drive to gym-jog, buy local etc.., all these little things are improvements to avoid a chaos like it is right now. 

So my call for all my connections here is - yes please avoid contact at the moment or minimize it to possible, and aim for better life after this difficult period, not go back to the same old same old, that led us to here.

Thank you!



Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hetkeseis

Kallid blogikülastajad, nagu igal pool on hetkel suur segadus ja küsimusi rohkem kui vastuseid.
Kui meil treeninglaager enne Monacot toimus, olid meil külas meie sponsor Extreme Racing Shox, et meie tagaamordid saaksid meie järgi seadistatud, siis oli suur koroonaviiruse puhang Itaalias alanud, nemad olid Itaalist, suht samast kandist. Eks me kõik hoidsime distantsi, aga siiski olid nad seal (etterutates ütlen, et nemad ise on terved hetkel). Monacosse reisil olin ka ettevaatlik, me kõik olime, kuid siiski iial ei tea ju, kus viirus võib pesitseda. Peale reisi esmaspäeval saabus auto mööda maad, meie sõitjad käisime lennuga, käisin Mirandas, oli vaja ka ühte allkirja paberile, mille sain meie turundusjuhilt. Neljapäeva hommikul tuli uudis, et turundusjuht on koroonaga haiglas (esimene juhtum Aguedas), mis tähendas meie osadele alates tiimipresentatsioonist, osadele nagu minule 9.märtsist hoida inimestest eemale. Enne seda kolmapäeval oli juba siinne alaliit teatanud, et kuni 3.aprillini vähemalt jäävad kõik võistlused ära. Neljapäeva pärastlõunal mõtlesin kergele rattatiirule minna. Aga mu kass, kes oli juba päris stressis kogu mu reisimisest ja neljapäeva hommikune koristus, mis alarmeerib teda kui minu järjekordset reisi, hammustas mind ootamatult kätte, kuna oli ootamatult, siis sai korralikult kinni ja väga sügavale kihvad, nähes nii palju verd ühest kassihammustusest sattusin kergelt paanikasse, kergelt oli vastu haiglasse minek (et saab sealt veel midagi lisaks külge), samas käsi oli tavalisest kriimustusest kaugel ja vajasin, et keegi teadja üle vaatab, läksin Filipe soovitusel erakliinikumi. Olen hetkel siis antibiootikumide peal ja käin haava puhastamas kllinikumis, eile ei olnud vaatepilt ilus ja mäda sai korralikult välja pressitud, mis oli ka hiiglama valus. Ehk praegu on mul ka rattasõidul kriips peal, kuna parema käega lenksu väga kinni ei hoia, liiga paistes ja valus.
Köha, palavikku, ega hingamisraskusi mul ei ole tulnud. Aga kuni 23. märtsini oleme vaatluse all, siinsed terviseametnikud helistavad meile kõigile sportlastele ja hoiavad end meie terviseseisundil silma (või siiski kõrva) peal.
Mis hooajast saab seda ei tea, mis tavalisest elust saab seda ka ei tea, ehk kõik on suur küsimärk.
Hoidke ennast!





Dear blog readers, like everywhere else its a mess and there are more questions than answers.
When we were at training camp before Monaco, we had our sponsor Extreme Racing Shox visiting, to have our shoxs all defined personally. They were from Italy, there the corona spread had started, and they were from quite close the boom area. We hold our distance, but still never know (at the moment they are well and not gotten sick). On the trip to Monaco I tried to be very cautious, we all tried, but still you never know from where the virus spreads. After the trip on Monday the car with out bikes arrived to Miranda, and i went, also I needed one signature and our marketing guy signed it. Thursday morning we got the news that our marketing guy is in hospital with corona, so that meant for some of us from team presentation and for some of us like me from 9. March staying away from other people. Before that on Wednesday the Portuguese federation had announced that at least until 3. April all races are postponed. On Thursday afternoon I wanted to go for a easy spin alone. But my cat, who had been so stressed out with me going away from home so much and my cleaning in the morning was another alarm that I will go for a longer time, suddenly bite me in my hand, as it was unexpected for me then the cat got a good hold and bite was very strong and deep. As it was so much blood for just a bite from a cat, I panicked , I didnt really want to go to hospital (in the scare of getting something else from there), but I needed someone who knows to look at the situation, on Filipe´s advice I went to private clinic. So at the moment I am taking antibiotics and get my wound cleaned there, yesterday it was not nice, lots of yellow stuff to get out, it was horribly painful as well. So at the moment I have to sit out from biking as well, as my right had is all swollen and painful.
I havent developed fever, cough nor difficulty breathing. But until 23 of March I am being monitored, the health care people call to all our athletes to get updates and check how we are doing.
What will come out of the season or how the life will get back to normal I dont know, all is a good question mark.
Take care!  

Monday, March 9, 2020

WES - Monaco

Esimene e-võistlus selja taga, mis mul öelda, raske on!
Nädal enne sain natuke koos tiimikaaslastega laagris Lousas trenni teha ja rattaga harjuda, aga veel on palju harjuda ja õppida. Mäkke saab sõita selle rattaga sellistest kohtadest, mis tavarattaga vaatad, et pole võimalustki, ehk et kohe oli vaja harjutama mõttega, et sellised järsud nõlvad on täiesti sõidetavad, alguses ei taha kuigi pähe mahtuda. Siis vaja arusaada, kuidas vaja keha positsioneerida, nii et järsul nõlval ei hakka esiots üles tõusma ja samas et taguots ei hakkaks tühja vuristama.
Ja kõik need kurvist väljasõidud, kus tuleb mootor taha, ja peab kehaga valmis olema. Ja siis veel see kõige suurem murekivi, ratta kaal. Ei jõua ma seda ratast maast väga palju lahti kangutada, aga laskumisel tähendab see väga suur lisajõudu, et ohjata ratast nii kurvides, järsematel laskumistel tuleb pidurdusel selgelt välja kaal, mida peab ohjama, samuti kui vaja esiotsa natuke tõsta, et kividest kergemini üle saada, kõik need tavalised asjad, mis tavarattal palju kergemalt tulevad, vajavad nüüd topelt jõudu.
Ehk et mul on millega harjuda ja mida harjutada.

Võistlus Monacos.
Või noh ikkagi Prantsusmaal, lihtsalt poodiumid ja miitingud olid Monacos ja ehk siis võistluskorraldusraha äkki sealt. Võistluskeskus ise oli Peille linnakese juures.
Esimestel laskumistel mõtlesin küll, et jeerum, kuhu ma ennast seganud olen. Aga reedel oli juba sõitja tunne ka.
E-gravity – ehk elektriratta enduro
Meil oli sõita 4 aja peale lõiku, esimene oli vaid üles, teine ainult alla, kolmandas ja neljandas peale laskumise oli ka natuke tõusumeetreid, kogu läbitav trass oli 26km, sellest aja peale ehk circa 8km.
Lõik 1 – kuna treeningutel reedel ei saanud kordagi üles nii, et jalga maha ei pannud ja see tähendas korralikku ajakadu, kuna järsul kallakul ja kergelt lahtisel kiviklibul ei ole kerge tagasi rattale saada, siis minu eesmärk oli saada üles ilma jalga maha panemata, ja ma suutsin seda! Läbi korraliku maadlemisega, et ratast käest ei läheks ei eest ega tagant. Võistlus algas hästi, see oli ka lõik, mille teiste naiste ees võitsin.
Lõik 2 – palju kivi, tundsin end konarlikuna, ei olnud just kõige sujuvam tunne rattal, aga väga suur apsakaid ei tulnud.
Lõik 3 – sellel oli ka juurikaid ja väga järsku nõlva mudasel pinnasel (neljapäeval sadas päev otsa vihma), teadsin, et olen liiga palju piduritel, kuid tundus võimatu saada vähemaga hakkama, mõnel kivinukil ülesse ka koperdasin.
Lõik 4 – ainult kivi kivi otsa, see oli tõsine katsumus, treeningutel ma alati jäin paaril korral seisma, kuna lihtsalt käed ei suuda sellist rappumist ja pidurdamist üheskoos vastu pidada, ka võistlusel tundsin seda, teadsin, et suudaksin natuke kiiremini sõita, aga lihtsalt ei suutnud ülekeha selle teadmisega midagi teha, kuna jõudu et ratast ohjes hoida kiiremini sõites lihtsalt polnud, hea meel finishisse jõuda ja terve olla !

Siis veel e-xco peale! Peale reede hommikusi enduro treeninguid olid olnud meil ka e-xco kvalifikatsioon, et stardipositsioonid kindlaks määrata. Laupäeval peale enduro võistlust pärastlõunal oli e-xco maailma karikaetapp. Meie tiim on üles antud e-gravity´t sõitma, aga valikus oli, et kui soovi võib hiljem proovida ka e-xco´d, ehk miks mitte proovida. Meie neljast sõitjast olid siis kaks ka e-xcol. Rada oli mingi 2.5km pikk, tõus paljude juurika-kivi-astmetega, palju lahtist kivi ka, ehk et vägagi tehniline, laskumine oli osa enduro kolmandast lõigust, nimelt just see järsk mudane laskumine.
Rajale läksid mehed-naised koos, küll oli madistamist, rajaturvajatel võis päris naljakas olla vaadata minu tõusu kurve, ehk et mõned kurvid tõusul, kus mul lihtsalt läheb ratas käest ära, ei saa ma veel päris täpselt aru, kuidas sellist mootoriga ratast ohjes hoida, ühe korra käisin ka selili pikali tõusul. Aga üldiselt 6 ringist olid viimased kolma juba päris hästi mul sõidetud.

Aku pidas mõlemal võistlusel turboga sõites vastu, ei pidanud mõtlema, et kas lülitan natuke kergemale režiimile. Võistluste vahepeal oli muidugi pistikus ja laadis 100% ennast tagasi täis.

Korralikult võttis selline võistlemine keha läbi ja palju on veel õppida selle e-rattaga sõitu, aga algus on tehtud ja ka poodiumikoht võetud. Aitäh sulle kaasa elamast! 
















First e-bike race is done, what can I say, it is hard!
Week before I could have some practice in team camp in Lousa, e-bike needs some proper practice still. You can climb uphills with this bike which with normal bike you look and think impossible, so even to get used to the thought that it is possible needs some time. Then I need to figure out the body position on the bike while climbing those uphills, so that the front would not get air and the back would not spin empty, oh and you need to all the time pedal or you lose power of the engine. And then all those after corner pedaling moments when the bike helps you and I am not ready for it, so body position after corners needed some adjustument as well. And then the biggest issue for me, the weight of the bike! For me it is hard to lift up the bike, so it means overall extra power while riding the bike, corners, steep descend braking, lifting the front to get over obstacles, all those things that on normal bike is easy, need almost double the strength.
So I have what to learn and with what to get used to.

Race in Monaco.
Or should I say in France, the podiums and meetings were in Monaco and I suppose the budget also. The race paddock was in Peille town.
On the first stage ridings I was thinking to myself, oh my what I have said yes to! But by Friday I was already feeling more like a rider.
E-gravity – enduro on an e-bike
We got to do 4 stages, first one just up, second one just down, the third and the fourth had also some climbing meters besides the descend. The total was 26km with about 8km of which was stages.
Stage 1 – as on Friday trainings I couldn’t get up without taking the foot out, which meant loss of time, as on steep hill with some loose gravel it was not easy to get back on, my main goal was to get up the stage without taking my foot out, and I managed it! With some big fighting with the bike not to get out of control. So the race started well, it was the stage I won.
Stage 2 – it had lot of rocks, I felt a bit unsmooth , but also didn’t do any big mistakes.
Stage 3 – it had also roots and steep muddy sections (Thursday had been raining all day), I knew I was too much on my brakes, but also it felt impossible to let them go more loose, few uphill rocks also made me lose some time.
Stage 4 – only rocks, rocks and rocks. That was a real challenge, in training runs I had always stopped few times to get a bit rest for my arms, because all those pumps and braking the same time was too much for me. I knew I could ride faster, but my upper body strength had to hold me back not to end up somewhere on the rocks. So I was happy to be in finish in one piece!

And then afternoon e-xco! After Friday enduro trainings we had qualifying lap, to make out the start grid order. It was the first e-bike uci world cup. Our team is focused on the e-gravity racing, but we had the choice if we want to try e-xco, we can, so I went to try. From our 4 riders 2 made also then xco. The lap was about 2.5km long, the climb was full of rocks, roots and steps and also in parts loose gravel, so it was technical , the downhill part was the muddy steep part from stage 3 of enduro.
Men and women started all together, was lots of confusion, also the course marshals could have quite a laugh seeing me taking some uphill corners, the bike just escapes me, I am not in control, I still have lots to learn about the beast. On one climb I literally fell on my back as it went out of control. From the 6 laps I felt the 3 last ones were well ridden by me.

The battery lasted well in turbo mode on both rides, I didn’t have to worry about preserving the battery. Of course between the races it was fully charged for the next one.


The days were really tiring for the body and I have still lots to learn about e-bike riding, but the beginning is done and first podium made! Thank you for cheering!