Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Romanian National XC Championships

This year location of the National champs was changed from Paltinis to Izvorul Muresului...but it was not the best choice. Even if the landscapes were amazing I guess that here the organizers made a mistake because the last 2 years course was amazing and this one wasn't that great...

Now let's skip this and get to the point. The course wasn't so technical, but the climbs were pretty steep and it was hard. An important issue was the setup of the bike - compression and rebound of the fork, the sprockets cassette combination, the tires and the pressure on it, everything.
This time I was lucky, I didn't had any major technical problems.
I didn't feel that good because I was pretty tired from the last 2 weeks training and I didn't recover at time.

Finally I've finished 3rd at Under23 which is a good result for me; my goal was to get 20 UCI points (that was meaning to finish on 5th place) to go at the World Cup from Schladming and I have accomplished. I would also like to congratulate Tudor my team mate, for winning the 3rd place at Men Elite category and Eli for the good run, even if he finished 5th. Oli the other team mate finished 7th.

I would like to thanks to my parents and Simona for the extra motivation, to my good friend and coach Gabee Imling for getting me prepared for the races. I would like also to say a big thank you to the team sponsor Maros Tudor (from MarosSport), to the guys from Cannondale, Met, Continental, Selle Italia, Xpedo, Sapim, Syntace, VDO, Sponser and to the rest of my sponsors and collaborators for the great race material and motivation that they are offering me. And thanks to for the photos

You can find all the photos here

Wish you the best,

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