I just got back from an amazing month of riding, racing, adventuring in France and Italy. What a trip! So much happened that there would never be anyway I could possibly paint the right picture . . . so I’ll keep it short-ish and sweet :)
I could honestly say this was the best week on my bike ever. I seriously enjoyed every second! 6 days. 300 km. 8,500 meters ascending, 15, 000 meters descending. 24 timed stages. Amazing people. Amazing scenery. Amazing trails . . . . holeeeeee shit it was incredible! Words cannot explain the epicness of the week and I feel incredibly lucky that I got to be a part of this event.
The TP is BIG. The shortest day was 6 hours, the longest was 10. After having a somewhat rough start – getting lost and a major mechanical that both really bit into my overall time – I started getting a better feel of the terrain, riding faster, not getting lost and biting back time. I ended up 5th overall and was stoked on some great stage results.
I could really go on and on and on about this event. Everyone made it unforgettable, but a real highlight would have to be spending a lot of time with Ines, Anita and Caro – The Füstli Crew – who are my new fave girls. Funny, fun, inspirational and in all of this for the right reasons . . . wish they lived closer! Thanks girls for all the laughs, good stories, encouragement and saying it how it is :)
EWS Finale Ligure
Wow. Wasn’t easy going from the TP straight into an EWS. Especially Finale. The transitions were tight and the riding was tough. Training was challenging due to shuttling logistics. I was enjoying myself but finding it tough to push hard. Didn’t have much of a choice though . . . lots of climbing, tight transition times and riding that really needed precision, focus and power.
It was a good race. Welllllll. Haha. Kind of! I had two big falls in the first two stages. Broke my visor blah blah blah . . . but then I pulled it together and rode my best otherwise. The problem was that my best wasn’t as quick as I would have liked, I finished 16th overall. Not disappointed whatsoever with this though – 47 girls were registered, 36 started and 32 finished . . . these races are HARD!!! Around 2 hours after the race was done, I got hit hard by the flu and shivered and sweat for 3 straight days . . . hmmm, wondering if this had something to do with my low energy over the weekend? Maybe.
So the season is over and I am on some major R & R time. I think it’s incredible that after all these years of riding and racing my bike, I still giggle and laugh and love riding my bike every time as if it’s the first time. Sometimes I really can’t believe how much I love mountain biking! I had such an amazing season, and am thankful to everyone who was a part of it – you know who you are :)