Helene Valerie Fruhwirth

Mountainbike Rider

I finally got it. 3rd at the World Champs

2017 UCI Mountain bike Four-Cross World Championships – Val di Sole Trentino, ITA
First Heat in Minute 28:00 and Final Heat in Minute 41:00
Finally I can say I got it.

This night my biggest dream came true. I always wanted to have a 4X World Championship medal. I didn’t even care which one. I just wanted to stand on the podium with my austrian national jersey and lean my head forward to get a medal around my neck.

„I achieved so many things in my life but this little thing which is massive for me was missing so far.“

So this year it was my year I thought. For those who watched me last year I had a massive crash at the pro section at the second double and walked away with nothing apart a concussion and a broken heart. I was so sad I can’t tell you. So this year I wanted to make better. anI trained a lot, had some heavy ups and downs and self doubts if it will be enough or if I will have a realistic chance to get this medal? 
I arrived earlier to train the pro line. But I was so afraid to jump it. I rode so many times into the jumpline but  everything in my body told me NO. So in my first official training session I said to myself. Don’t jump it and train the other line you can ride this fast too.
It was a good desicion I wrote fast and qualified 4th on thursday. On friday at the main race, in the heat where I could advanced in the final I had a good gate and stayed at the back wheel from Caroline. I was so happy and relieved that I made in the finals.
I stayed focused and because Natasha Bradley (GBR) made it also into the final but qualified 6th I could bike the gate before her and choosed third. So it was Caroline , Romana, me and Natasha in the gate. Caroline and Romana both BMX Pros had excellent gates. But my one was good too and I managed to rail the first turn very well and sticked behind Romana. Romana and Caroline went over the pro line and I chose the left line. Natasha planned to jump the pro line but then didn’t and had to roll the big doubles so I was gone. I came very close to Romana but not enough to make a move at the rocks.
I crossed the finish line third and couldn’t believe it. My knees felt like jelly pudding and I wanted to cry and smile the same time. I finally achieved my biggest dream to get a medal.

Results Women
Caroline Buchanan (AUS)
Romana Labounkova (CZ)
Helene Fruhwirth (AUT)

Men: 
Felix Beckeman (SWE)
Quentin Derbier (FRA)
Giovanni  Pozzoni (ITA)

my future:
I am not 100% sure yet but I want to stop 4X racing and I saw this race as my last 4X race. I really love the 4X family and how we all help each other especially the Brits. But the last races were so much stress for me and I wasn’t really happy, how I dealt with this and my emotions. I also love my downhill bike more and prefer jumping with this bike.  I will keep you up to date what my plans are. My next stop is now the Eurobike in Germany so see some of you there.

I want say a big thanks to my sponsors, who supports me. Go Pro, Iriedaily, Baby-G, Verival Bio, Dr. Antonio Martins Coco Drink,  Troy Lee Designs , Skull Candy, Novatec Wheels, Selle San Marco, Carbocage, Maxxis, SP- Gadgets, Acros Components, Board-Shack Shop, Epic-Wear, Ciclopia, R.S.P, DVS, 

My dream came true this evening. Standing with these two ladies and playing with champagne, because we have achieved something great.
Look at this crowed it was just amazing to race here. Bella Italia and the name Val di Sole proofed right. I didn’t rain. 
so relieved and happy
my idol Greg Minnaar, didn’t have so much luck this weekend a flat tire cost him the victory and the overall title, but he still smiled for the pic. thx. 
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