Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Graduation and Race - both in the same week end

Hello all,

I had a busy week end, but also a happy one. Saturday I graduated the University. If last year i got the University key from the guys that finished this year I had the last speech as I had the highest grade.

Now the only thing left is the License Exam. Hope to keep the pace and to finish well.

After the graduation, we all got on the car and went at Targu Mures for the Romanian Cup, the first Romanian XC Race for 2009.

Got there and we went on the course. First impressions: dry, fast, technical, difficult climbs. I was lucky as the course was 95% in the woods so the temperatures were just perfect for a race.

But it suited perfect for my new Cannondale Scalpel so I was confident.

Race day: I was nervous but still confident. I knew I can have a good race.

Did not have the best start and I've lost some seconds on the first technical zone. I catch up on the climbs and push the limit on the descends. The legs felt good until the end so I've finished 2nd at U23 and 4th overall. I am happy because I had a better race than the last one and the training went just fine. I hope to continue to improve my training so I'll have better results too.

I wanna say a big thank you to my parents, to Simona, who motivated me during the race, to MarosSport for the support before, during and after the race, to Eli and Mishu for the photos and movies and to my team mates.

Also without the help from my sponsors I couldn't train and race, so a big thank you to: Cannondale, MarosBike, Ashima, Continental, Syntace, Selle Italia, VDO, Sapim, Adidas Eyewear, Xpedo, 661, Buff, Sram and DT Swiss.

Also for more photos you can click HERE

Below you can see a short movie, filmed during the race from Tudor's bike.


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