DAMALS HÄTTZ DES NET GEBN’….

….dass Facebook Zahlen meinen Start verhindern.

Ja genau richtig gelesen, meine Followeranzahl war ausschlaggebend, ob ich starten darf oder nicht. Ich mag jetzt gar nicht genau sagen, wo oder was für ein Rennen es war, das tut hier jetzt nichts zur Sache.

Fakt aber ist, dass ich in der Quali 3 Sekunden, bei einer Fahrzeit von 60 Sekunden, schneller als der geladene weibliche Superstar aus Übersee und schnellste Frau war und zu den Top 16 Elite Männern zählte. Laut Reglement hatte ich fix einen Startplatz. Somit trainierte ich noch mit und freute mich aufs Finale. Das Finale kam und mir wurde kurz vorm Start beinhart vom Veranstalter ins Gesicht gesagt, dass die andere Dame mehr Facebook Follower hat und ich dürfte somit nicht starten. Sie nehmen lieber sie, sie sei bekannter. What the f##?? Dafür trainiere ich so viel? Damit dann am Ende meine Facebook -Followerzahlen über meinen Start entscheiden? #truestory #sosiehtsaus #socialmediacountsmore

Mein erstes Rennen, der Hinterbrühler MTB Sprint, bestritt ich im Oktober 1998. Ich habe es damals gewonnen und hatte Blut geleckt. Mein Ziel war seit diesem Moment so viel Zeit und Spaß wie nur möglich am Bike zu haben und Rennen zu gewinnen. Seit damals ist viel passiert. Ich habe viele Fliegermeilen gesammelt, neue Freundschaften geknüpft, aber auch viele Neider erlebt, Röntgenbilder gesammelt wie andere Briefmarken, zick Teile zerstört, viele Champagnerduschen erlebt, viele Sponsorenverträge unterschrieben, viele Tear offs von meiner Brille gezogen, viele tolle Strecke befahren, bin viele Male im Dreck gelandet, viele Tränen vergossen, bin über 100 mal am Podium gestanden und bin über 300 Rennen gefahren.

Es hat sich von den aufgezählten Sachen nicht viel geändert von damals zu heute, aber was sich geändert hat ist,

  • dass ich jetzt weit aus stylischer Aussehe dank meiner Troy Lee Kits und Spy goggles – die Volldodl optik war gestern.
  • dass die Technik ein Wahnsinn ist, und meine Bikes um so vieles besser geworden sind.
  • dass meine sportliche Leistung nicht mehr den selben Stellenwert hat wie vor 18 Jahren. Meine Social Media Accounts und Statistiken sind jetzt auschlaggebend.
  • dass ich zum Social Media Addict und Athleten zu Like – Hunters werden, ob sie wollen oder nicht.

Ob das dritte gut oder schlecht ist sei dahin gestellt.

Für die Entwicklung des MTB-Rennsports ist die Social Media Welt sehr hilfreich, keine Frage. Ergebnisse und Neuigkeiten werden rasant verbreitet. Die Rennen und Contests sind besser organisiert und werden immer fetter. Regionen investieren in Bikeparks, Firmen können viele Werbekanäle und Marketinginstrumente nützen und erreichen dadurch neue potentielle Käufer. Klingt alles sehr positiv und man kann sich eigentlich nicht beschweren. Was ich mich nur frage – Wo bleibt die Athletin als Mensch? Die ja primär für sich selber fährt, um zu gewinnen und nicht um Followerweltmeisterin zu werden.

Manche Fahrerinnen profitieren von der Entwicklung und für manche wird es zur Belastung. Es ist ja nicht jedermanns Sache sich wöchentlich, täglich oder sogar stündlich fast selbstverliebt zur Schau zu stellen, sich immer Texte, neue Hashtag Kreationen, nie dagewesene Stories oder Storyboards auszudenken um am Ende mehr Zeit vorm Laptop zu verbringen als am Bike. Dann kommt dazu, dass man ja auch die ganze Zeit am Handy hängt, um zu schauen was machen die anderen und um zu checken wie viel Likes das letzte Foto erzielt hat. Der Vergleich passiert jetzt nicht nur mehr auf der Rennstrecke, sondern auch noch im Word Wide Web. Es geht immer noch um Zahlen, aber halt um Likes statt um Sekunden.

Ich persönlich tue mir nicht so leicht mit dieser Entwicklung, weil ich mich lieber mit meiner Linienwahl und meinem Training beschäftige, als mit Social Media Statistiken. Und dennoch müsste ich lügen, wenn ich sage „LIKES sind mir egal“ und ich fühle mich auch geschmeichelt, wenn meine Fotos LIKES bekommen, aber lieber wäre mir, es würde nicht so eine große Wichtigkeit haben. Es ist aber so wie es ist und wird eher noch extremer, als anders herum und daher sehe ich es, als gesponserte Fahrerin, als meinen Job, mein Leben öffentlich zu teilen und Content zu liefern. Zum Glück fotografiert mein Freund gerne, zum Glück liebe ich kreative Arbeit und zum Glück gefällt es meinen FollowerInnen und Sponsoren. Denn es ist ein Geben und Nehmen. Ich liefere Content und echte Emotionen und im Gegenzug kann ich mich auf meine Sponsoren zu 100 % verlassen. Am Ende des Tages lese ich über Postings wie „ist dir das nicht schon langsam zu blöd“ hinweg. Weil wer ist da am Ende der Blöde, wenn ich aus dem Sessellift in Whistler winke und posten kann #happyface #girlrider #ALINE #lovemyjob

Am Ende noch mein Tipp an die jungen FahrerInnen, die ganz nach oben wollen, pflegt eure Social Media Kanäle, postet überlegt, ehrlich, authentisch und lasst euer Smart Phone auch ab und zu Zuhause und genießt die Trails im hier und jetzt mit euren Freunden.

Eure Helene

(Artikel aus dem GRAVITY Magazin ISSUE #034 2016)

4X WORLD CHAMPS // VAL DI SOLE (ITA)


„You don’t need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfection.“ 

This sentence is normally the one which keeps me going and holding my chin up. But 4 days, after my biggest race of the year, the 4X World Championships in Val di Sole it seams weights are still hanging on my chin. I am super proud on myself that I jumped the pro line so well in practice and proud on myself that I am a tough cookie.

BUT I still can’t believe what happened and why it happened.I know that I jumped the first pro double to short and I didn’t have enough speed to clear the second one. But why exactly in the most important race run in my entire career?

I came to Val di Sole very early and wanted to train on the track. But because of my broken rips and the causing muscle pain I could hardly move a all not to mention ride my bike.
So I had to wait and hope. Luckily the Austrian Cycling National team has one of the best and nicest physiotherapists I have ever met. Margot worked on my body and let the impossible happen – I could train on Wednesday afternoon. I was so happy about it and jumped the first double of the pro line. The next day a jumped the second one without any problems. I was over the moon and couldn’t believe that first I can ride my bike with a broken rip and second that I jumped the pro line. So there were just 3 other girls who jumped the Pro Line. (Anneke Beerten, Caroline Buchanan, Romana Lambounkova)
In my qualification run I placed 8th, which I didn’t like at all and it caused me a sleepless night. The next day I trained the pro line even more and it worked just perfect. I was ready for the finals and so hungry to perform well for myself.
In my first heat I jumped the pro line and it worked well I just started to feel my broken rips again and that the painkillers wore off. In the next heat I had to start from the outside. I had a good gate and crossed to the right (first turn was a right turn). Lucia Otjen handlebar got tangled up with my one but I rode left and she crashed. So I was third and Anneke Beerten and Franzi Meyer (GER) were in front. I was right behind Franzis back wheel and she went for the chicken line. I went for the pro line but was for the first jump a bit to short and couldn’t built up enough speed for the second one so I landed on the top of it.

That was my heat where it worked well for me.

I still feel it and see it in front of my eyes where my handlebar turned and I couldn’t stand the pressure. I bounced from the top of the landing down and crashed hard on my hips and head. In the finish I couldn’t remember the first minutes what happened. I asked always the same question over and over again.  „I am not the finals, or?“ I had a concussion and wasn’t able to ride the small final, which didn’t count for me anyway. I came  to grab a medal. So yes that was my World champs story. 

Congrats to Caroline Buchanan taking the gold medal and Hannes Slavik the silver and because there are just 6 medals in total to give away I also congrats all the others for their incredible passion to this sport and performance. #luckisneeded #4Xisalife  

and that’s the heat where it didn’t work out for me ….

2016 UCI Mountain bike World Championships - Val di Sole Trentino (ITA) / 4X LIVEfirst run in minute 22 and second run in minute 45 (click here)

I wanted to say big thanks to my boyfriend, who is going all the ups and downs with me. Margot and Maria who managed the national team things very well. Big thanks to Radek my working college and friend who was my mechanic. Harriet for watching out for our dog Merlin on Thursday night.  and of course all my sponsors who are helping my all the time.

and thanks for the lovely FB and Instagram support from my friends.

Bye Bye HELENE

DH EUROPEAN CHAMPS // WISLA (POL)

I can’t remember the last time I crashed so hard.

I got invited from the Austrian Cycling federation to compete at the Downhill European Championships in Poland (WISLA).  So of course I wanted to be part of this spectacle and got a ride in the Mondraker bus. Thanks to Maria and Wolli for that (+ the austrian cycling federation for paying my hotel)
All Austrian riders arrived on Friday afternoon and so did we. We did some training laps. The track was actually very difficult. Lots of lines to remember, big jumps, a very dry surface and lots of drops but it weren’t very long, which I liked. Training just sprints, gates and jumps for the last weeks for the up coming 4X World Champs didn’t include long downhill runs. So I liked the short track.
I liked all, the food, the weather, the people, the country, the company but what I really didn’t like was my massive crash in practice. A step up kicked my back wheel and I went straight over the bars. During the flight I thought… “no hands -just try to roll over the shoulder somehow”. Arms and hand injuries normally take so long so I landed on my shoulder head and back. The head was okay the shoulder, and hips just scratched but the back was totally bruised and I broke a rip or maybe two it isn’t sure. So painkillers turned into my best friends and luckily Margot, our physiotherapist with the angel hands – she kept me on track. During the night I suffered but in the morning it was “okay”. So I decided to try it and it worked. In the pits it hurt, sitting in the car it hurt, walking to the chairlift it hurt, on the chairlift it hurt, pushing the bike up the start hill it hurt, in my training runs it hurt, but BAMM in the moment I pedalled out the start hut in my race run it stopped hurting. I think I can mentally erase the pain when it comes to the point I have to race. Good for me. At the end I placed 5th and was 4 seconds faster than in my qualification run. My team college Simone finished 4th and missed just by few seconds the medal. But in total we were very happy about our race runs. In the men class a local Poland guy won and in the women class a French fast girl.
After the European champs, I drove with Hannes Slavik to the Eurobike to meet our sponsors and checking out their new stuff. It went well for both of us.

Now I am in Val di Sole and wait for the 4X practice in the afternoon. I have been here since Sunday and I was hoping to train a little bit on the track before but my rips said NO WAY. I had so much pain that I wasn’t able to ride at all. I hope so much that I can ride this afternoon. Margot, with the angel hands, she arrived yesterday and helped me. So at the moment I am positive and it feels much better than before.
The qualification is tomorrow evening and the race on Friday night. Yes you read right – in the night… gonna be tough with the light conditions to race that late just with few lights. But wish me luck that is what you need as a four crosser very often. 🙂

THANKS TO MY SPONSORS. BIG HUG HELENE

SCHLADMING IXS CUP // BRANDNERTAL ÖM

I know it I am one week to late but I had very busy week and didn’t find time to write down my news.
So I for those who didn’t see it on Facebook or Instagram, I raced last week in Schladming the IXS European race.  I really like Schladming track so I didn’t want to miss this date. At the same time was Crankworx Europe in Les Gets so I was a bite torn, but at the end I think I made the right decision because I had so much fun, felt good on my Norco bike and found myself in the top 10 spot. I didn’t have the perfect run because I messed up the wood section but it is a tricky section and I saw on videos most of the riders had some troubles there so I am still happy about my result. Petra Bernhard won the race with a big advantage. Congratulations to her.

If you want to know more details continue here…..

So and this weekend I raced the National Champs in „Brandnertal“ in the west west of Austria. That’s why I didn’t write any Schladming news. I worked until Wednesday evening and drove until 1 o’clock. Slept somewhere before the Austrian border in my van and continued my journey in the morning. Just half an hour before I arrived I had to stop and slept another hour. When I am getting tired I start to shake my head and then I know I can’t drive one minute longer.. so even if I was nearly there it is always better when I stop.

I had the whole day anyway for training. Okay not the whole day because my breaks didn’t work. So I had to lent some from friends (Thanks to Julian and thanks to Lisa Kreuzer helping me out) another aspect why I love DH riding so much. Everyone helps everyone. You have a mechanical no problem. You need someone who shows you the fast lines, no problem. You need someone to follow and get the right pace for the take off, no problem. Or you are a hungry, no problem. We are not many racers in Austria, which I really don’t understand considering the fact that we have so many tracks and so nice hight mountains. Or maybe exactly that is the reason… you don’t have to race to enjoy the tracks.. or because we don’t have an austrian DH cup.

The track was one of the hardest I have ever ridden but at the same time one of the enjoyable one. When I did the track walk I didn’t think that I will do all the jumps but at the end I did them all and it felt great. I was my own national champ already on friday 🙂  And it was nice to ride with Simone and Birgit, we helped each other and the company helped me to push my limits even further.

The only negative thing I can say about the weekend is that I made two mistakes in my final run, which I didn’t do in practice.

1st Simone Weichselberger
2nd Me
3rd Kathrin Wutte

 

THE LITTLE WHISTLER /// KALNICA BIKE FEST ///

//////// vždycky ///////

It is always my pleasure to come back to this place- the Kalnica Bikepark. It is very unique. You have a small hill  a short lift and I call it the little Whistler. You find a pumptrack, a Dual pumptrack, a small jump line, a big jump line, a jump Donwhill track, …. in total 17 Tracks. And every year they creating something new. Not surprisingly is that the event THE BIKEFEST is a blast and for sure you should miss it. So didn’t we.
Motivated I registered for 4 events – the Pumptrack – the Dual Pumptrack – the Dual Slalom and the Downhill. The first two I raced with my hardtail and the third with my Range and the DH with my new Aurum.
The weather was great a good and a very good friend of mine came to watch me and ride her bike …
So my first two races were on Friday. In the Pumptrack a finished 2nd behind an BMX girl Kristina Madarasova and at the Dual Pumptrack I finished 3rd. The first two spot got Jana Horakova and Kirstina.
On Saturday I race in the evening the Dual Slalom. I liked the track and the first straight was quite tricky to be honest, maybe that’s why I was the only woman who raced this race. I don’t know… But I could race in the finals in men class and I ended up 57 from 70. It was a very crazy race and so many people came to watch us. I even thought I will hit a spectator because they leant so much over the tapes.
On Sunday I rolled out of the Van (we slept in the car) and I felt that I can’t talk my self out of it that I am getting old. These moments make me wish I were twenty once more… or better not or yes ? hmmm I don’t know. Do you know?
Anyway at the qualification I was a bit tired from competing two days in a row, pushing the bike up a lot, riding many laps and standing at the lift line in the sun – get roasted. So I took it easy and focused on the final run. I pedaled hard and tried to gain more exit speed at every turn at the end I got about 2 seconds faster but the others too so at the end I missed the podium by one second and placed 5th. It was alright for me ….ah now I know a pro from being old…you took it much easier when you don’t win and you enjoy more if you do.
My next stop will be the IXS European cup downhill in Schladming (17-19 June).
Thanks to Norco Bikes / Maxxis/ Acros/ Sixpack Racing/ Dirty/ HT Components and Novatec Wheels for this new beauty.

And thanks to my boyfriend Christian Fessl for the pictures.

JOY RIDE FESTIVAL // DH // FIRST PLACE

The last weekend I packed my bike stuff and was on the road again to explore something new new , because after so many years racing always at the same places I felt for something fresh …. So we drove to a totally new venue in Poland, to a new bike festival, called JOY RIDE BIKE FESTIVAL, with new tracks, in our new VolkswagenT5 bus, with my new Norco Aurum Carbon DH bike, with new 650B Novatec wheels, new HT Click pedals, new Maxxis tires, a new Acros headset, a new DIRTY saddle, and new Troyleedesigns outfits in the bag.

The only thing, which wasn’t new was luckily my company.  My boyfriend and our dog.

We arrived on Friday evening at the hotel very late. It was actually a longer drive than I had expected. But all good we arrived safely. The Saturday started very cold and rainy, but the weather forecast said that, so I was prepared. I taped my Giro riding shoes totally in Duck tape, put my rain cloths on, clicked my laminated tear offs on my Spy goggle and I was ready to go.
My first run was good and because it rained so heavy it was kind of easy to ride. The roots were clear the rocks shiny and the tires didn’t get stuck. The only disadvantage was the visibility.  I did from 10 a to 2 one run after the other not to get cold and I found more and more my rhythm and pace.

On race day the bad weather disappeared, the sun came out and the track got dryer and dryer and because the official race schedule, which said no training on race day –  just 2 race runs –  I arrived 40 minutes before the start of the first category. But in real everyone was training before 10:00. So I hurried up and managed to do one training run before my qualification run at 11:00, which was good so I knew how dry or wet the track was.  I placed third in the qualification and new I have to step up my pace to win this game.  I was so highly motivated and positive which haven’t been at a DH Race for so long. I don’t know exactly what it was. I guess a mix of everything… the nice company – the smiling face of my boyfriend and the wagging tail of my dog when I walked towards the car after every run … the  MISS UNDERCOVER Feeling… the fact that my jersey was empty and nobody knew who I was and nobody expected anything from me. Normally when my jersey is covered with my 21 sponsor logos you get automatically this “who is she?” look, which, even after so many years of racing, puts pressure on me. Most of the people expecting from you then to perform well all the time and when you fail it is like a gossip scandal and you get the “she got even beaten by her? Look.  At a race at the end of the day the placement counts and nobody cares if you had a mechanical problem, or if it rained at your run, or if you had pain from a crash in practice, or if you are sick, or if crashed at a spot which you hit in practice always perfectly or if it just wasn’t your race.
And to be honest the look is even not the worse the worse is that you know that you did this and that few years ago easily and now you are afflicted by self-doubts…

Sorry I let my mind wander, back to the race run. But it is simply to sum up I gave all and won. I was 5,2 seconds a head of the 2nd place and about 25 seconds faster that my qualification run. I was very happy about my placement and about the whole weekend.
I also raced after the Downhill race,  the pumptrack race, where I placed in qualification 1st and at the final 2nd.
For those who missed my Sound Cloud Race Report from my last race in Brno (CZE). I did my first BMX race in my life. I though it would be good training. Sorry it is just in german. But to sum it up it was a great experience and I learned a lot. I did so many heats (12) and place not even last 🙂

NIVA! NO DIVA // JAM SESSION

NIVA No DIVA

 

Du bist ein Female-Rider, hast Lust auf Downhill, Geschwindigkeit und viel Spaß? Fühlst dich bereits ganz sicher auf deinem Bike und möchtest die nächste Stufe erklimmen? Vielleicht sogar dein erstes Rennen bestreiten oder einfach deine Fahrtechnik verbessern?

Dann bist du der NIVA!NO DIVA – JAM SESSION genau richtig! Mit 4x Pro Tour Gewinnerin, Helene Fruhwirth und Michèle Quint bekommt ihr Spezialistinnen an eure Seite.

Die Mädels haben wieder einiges geplant für dich und das „Icing on the cake“ ist noch, dass du ein Goody Bag gesponsert von  ION, BABY-G, IRIEDAILY, OGIO, VERIVAL, EPIC-Wear, ACROS, CARBOCAGE, MAXXIS, BOARD SHACK, GO PRO (nur für die Racegruppe), SP- GADGETS, R.S.P., SPY und  Dr. Antonio Martins COCO JUICE bekommst.

 

Du kannst wählen, ob du dich für das Rennen am Sonntag auf der Proline vorbereiten willst und bekommst Helene an deine Seite, oder du möchtest ein klassisches Fahrtechniktraining bei Michèle machen.

 

Gruppe Helene maximal 4 Teilnehmerinnen (2 1/2 Tage- Freitag- Samstag- Sonntag) 229 €

Anmeldung für das Rennen unter www.racement.com (open Women)

Gruppe Michèle maximal 8 Teilnehmerinnen (1 Tag) 149 €

Fragen an info@viennabikeacademy.com

 

ganz genauer Zeitplan folgt noch:

Gruppe Helene: 

Freitag:

16:30  Begrüssung der Racegruppe

****GOODY BAG ÜBERGABE****

gemeinsamer Track walk 17:00-19:00

Samstag:

08:00 Uhr Startnummern gemeinsam holen

09.00 – 14.00 Uhr  Pflichttraining

14.00 – 14.30 Uhr  Streckensperrung

ab 14.30 Uhr Seeding Run (der Seeding Run ist nur für die Startreihenfolge wichtig)

Go Pro Videoanalyse Besprechung des Trainingstages (Gruppe Helene)

 

Gruppe Michèle:

Samstag:

9:30 – 10:00 Begrüßung und Goody Bag Übergabe

10:00 – 10:30 Basics Check

10:30 – 13:00 Fahrtechniktraining auf der Milka Line / Z- Line

13:00 -14:00 Gemeinsame Mittagspause beider Gruppen im Thomsn

14:00 – 17:00 Fahrtechniktraining auf der X -Line und am Hacklbergtrail

Gruppe Helene:

Sonntag: 

08.00 – 11.00 Uhr  Offizielles Training

11.00 – 11.30 Uhr   Streckensperrung

ab 11.30 Uhr  Rennlauf 

Siegerehrung ca. 30 min nach Rennschluss

Nachbesprechung für Gruppe Helene

Bei Fragen einfach mailen an info@viennabikeacademy.com oder Anrufen 0043 650 8381111

Michèle und ich freuen uns auf dich.

PUMP TRACK – Bike festival VIENNA

 

Nice to drive just 30 minutes…to get to a nice race in VIENNA.

Like every year we have a bike festival in Vienna where normally the dirt jumpers are flying in the air. But this year the 4x/ BMX pros where pumping in circles.. So did I too. I took part at the Masters of dirt Pump Track race and I must say I did quite good. I beat many boys and made it into the top 16. I had a great heat with Clemens Kaudela the track builder and didn’t make it to easy for him to catch me. 🙂

An other good thing was that Denise from Iriedaily travelled to Vienna for the FOX HUNTING race and so I met her again. Funny.. we didn’t meet in ten years once and now in 3 weeks two times.

Vienna Bike Festival PICS

PUMP PUMP PUMP

My race season officially kicked off. So was my first stop the capital of Germany, Berlin. I got invited by Jost the 4x World champ. He is organizing the Pump Track Battle World series so I took my hardtail and my BMX bike and drove up to the North. Actually I didn’t drive my boyfriend did and in the back of the car we had our newest family member – a 6th month old silver Labrador Retriever called Merlin. The journey went fine and I was excited to race again. The race was great and the level was high. I felt again the race adrenaline and was „pumped“ to be there. My bike worked fine my new wheels rolled fast and at the end I placed 3rd. I was happy with the result because to be honest I haven’t ridden a pumptrack for a while and it is not my best discipline.  Apart from the great race and the very nice exhibition a other main reason why I came here was to meet one of my longest sponsoring partner, Iriedaily. I remember very well. 10 years ago it was very trendy to wear skater pants with boxer shorts and I bought an Iriedaily Baggy Jeans and though  „WAU“ I really like this Jeans and so I asked Iriedaily if they want to sponsor me and since then I am riding for them. I counted 10 years. Such a long time. Just my sponsor R.S.P supports me longer.

And apart from this I have some sponsor changes as well. I am riding for NORCO Bikes this season and for the new Board- Shack Team. I also have Verival,  Novatec Wheels , Ogio bags and HT Components new. Norco is one of the brands I wanted since 3 years now and I stoked to get the deal this year. I am excited about the bikes and race season with this new strong partner in the back.

Some of you know that I love cereals and so I have a cereal sponsor who makes it much easier for me to get up in the morning knowing I will get a good cereal bowl. Thanks VERIVAL

Then I have Novatec Wheels and I run the Factor Carbon Wheels. HT Components gave me click pedals which I found are better than the Shimano ones. I always had problems with at the gate to trust that I won’t clip out but with those I can be sure.

So my next stop is this weekend Vienna at the Bike Festival. There is pumptrack race. So next chance to improve my Pump track skills. cu Helene

 

 

Merry X Mas

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The year is nearly over and it is Christmas day. I wish all my sponsors and friends a great Christmas time and happy New Year.

My year résumé is very simple  – I am satisfied with my performance this year and for the people who know me better that this is not very often. Unfortunately I can’ t be very very satisfied because I expected more at the World champs but I raced nearly all 4x Pro Tour races and just didn’t win one. I won the overall Pro Tour and first time in my career I am number one in the UCI World ranking.
I didn’t find myself in hospital or on crutches. I didn’t have to X-Ray any bone. I improved my jumping skills and work now with a new technic coach. I got some new sponsors for the next season. I will ride for NORCO Bikes and NOVATEC wheels.
My private life is great, my family and I are healthy and we got a super cute dog. A Labrador Retriever, called Merlin. I am very thankful for this year and race season.

My plans for next year are racing the 4X Pro Tour again, few DH races and focus more on my women coaching camps.

Big Thanks to all my sponsors, who believe in me and help me. And also big thanks to my boyfriend and the photographers for the pictures.
social media facts 2015:

  • 2015: 30.020 clicks on my webpage www.helenefruhwirth.com
  • 2015: 72.155 clicks on my webpage www.viennabikeacademy.com
  • Facebook: about 5800 Followers
  • Instagram: 921 followers
  • Youtube:  2000 views per video
  • vimeo:  3000 views per video
  • Pinkbike: 10.000 views per video
  • Google+: 150.000 views

Off what? I guess off season but not without my bike

 

It was great season for me I really can’t complain. I ended up at the 4x Pro Tour on the first spot and also in the UCI World raking I am number one. Number one of the World sounds good for me and makes me very proud. Lots of great moments, no big crashes, no hospital nights, no tears, no mechanicals – nearly just amazing moments on the podium, on the track, surrounded by nice persons and nearly all the time nice weather. Maybe I just flows because I take it easier, was more relaxed, improved and concentrated more on my weak points, had good sponsors behind me and of course the great support from my boyfriend.

I am very thankful for this and I don’t forget my lows and know exactly how quickly it can change and from one second to the other you feel like loosing „all“ just by one mistake.

Apart from my successful racing season I had also the chance to give something back to my sport threw my race coaching camp in Saalbach. That was very special for me and I will sure repeat it next year – same event / same place. So girls stay tuned and don’t miss the registration, because I think I will limit it to just 3-4 girls in my race group, because with more I would not be able to concentrate on each.

After the World camps I went straight to the Eurobike and had some sponsor meetings. I have some changes, the main one is that it is over with Alutech Cycles. I have some good deals in mind but nothing decided yet.  What is sure is that I stay with Troy Lee Designs, Go Pro, SP Gadgets, Dr. Martins Coco Juice, Baby-G, Spy, Iriedaily, Six Pack Racing, Maxxis and R.S.P.

At the moment I swapped my 4X bike for a brand new DK Elite Race BMX thanks to Frencys distribution.  I thought I should try something old/new to improve my riding skills and high lows/ cut in/ passing and my elbow out battling skills. And it is so fast…sometimes to fast for me 🙂 I really enjoying it. I will see what it brings for next year I am sure it will help me for 4X. Next week I will swap again to my big bike because the DH trails in Portugal are calling. Yeah can’t wait

So see you on the BMX track or in Portugal.

Helene

 

Wasn’t ment to be this time…

Everyday when I wake up and walk out of my room I see this World Champion jersey hanging on the side of my wardrobe. The white jersey with the colorful stripes are jumping straight in my eyes. Sadly it isn’t mine it’s Carolines‘. Caroline Buchanan the 3 times 4X World champ / 2 times BMX World champ and good friend of mine hanged it there. It was a gift from her for helping her out during her overseas time. I had never touched the jersey since. I just always looked at it and thought how great it would be if it would be actually mine.

And then 5 weeks ago I tried it on just to see how it looks and it looked and felt great. It totally gave me a motivation boost and I trained my a… off the last weeks. I thought „Helene you won the 4X overall two years in the row why not the World Champs, so train hard otherwise you will never know !“

The last weeks were not a easy I have to be honest. I pushed myself definitely over my limits and few jumps scared me a lot but I wanted to be as best as possible prepared for the pro Line in Val di Sole. I also worked with someone new together, a BMX/4 trainer from Czech Republic, who helped me a lot.

So the 21th August came closer and closer and because I am also just a human being and not a machine I got sick on Tuesday and had to take antibiotic. I guess because I trained so much and knew I would have a good chance for the title I was so nervous. I could hardly eat something and I could not sleep well. Afterwards a shame – because it cost me a lot energy- actually for nothing.

Because as soon as I stood in the gate I was so focused and my nervousness simply vanished and I just wanted to race and do my best.
My first heat went fine. My second heat, the important one to advance to the finals started well and ended bad. I had a great start and cut off Steffi Marth, but somehow I let it a little bit to open and she squeezed back in. Until the finish we battled hard but she advanced and I was out and so had no chance for the World Title anymore. For a short moment I was very angry about my stupid mistake, but that’s 4X and it doesn’t matter what plan or tactic you have in your mind you can be never sure about it when 3 others are next to you.

In the small final I raced against Romana Laboukova (CZE), who was also very strong gold medal contender, and I placed behind her in the 6th spot.

The final woman result:
1 Anneke Beerten (NED)
2 Lucia Oetjen (SUI)
3 Steffi Marth (GER)

To sum it up the 6th place wasn’t what I came for but I have to pick the things out I can be proud of and learn from them which I did wrong.

My next stop is now the Eurobike. See some of you there 🙂

Thanks to my FeChri,Florian Gärtner and Christian Donner for the pictures. Thanks to the mechanic Partick, my work colleague and friend, for helping me out and Jan for beeing my coach.

Thanks to my sponsors.

World Champs Val di Sole 2015

Rockstar Feeling

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We arrived at the race ground (Jablonec CZE) on thursday afternoon, already a bite late, for training. But because I knew the track from last year quite well so it wasn’t really a big surprise for me. I took it easy and did some laps.

The days before were very stressful for me. I had to work from Monday to Wednesday, still managed to put in some training, packed and drove for 5 hours… so Friday I decided to stay in my room to relax the whole morning and it really paid off. My training in the afternoon worked well and so did my qualification run. I placed first with an advantage of 7,5 seconds.
Some of the girls crashed in their qualification runs, so I didn’t really know what my time meant. I just knew that I had the best gate pick and that I could protect my inside line very well.
I managed to do the same during my race runs. I had two good gates, was leading from the first turn on and could even increase my gap to the next rider. In my final heat the crowd was pumping and it was so loud that I had no idea, if the girls were close or far behind, so I raced as fast as I could, didn’t look back and even jumped the last big finish jump (which had caused me headache in training) – just to make sure nobody would pass me there.

I was so relieved to take the win home.

You can watch the whole replay on the link below.
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watch the replay here and you can see the women’s heats at 19:04 and the final at 19:23.

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To sum it up it was a very stressful weekend for me – even though I won so clearly. In racing you never know what might happen. You can nail a section a million times, but when it matters most in the final race run something happens, you make that one mistake and suddenly you find yourself in the dirt watching the others pass you by in slow motion.

JBC Revelations is one of the most special races of the season on a unique track: There are a lot of sections, where you can mess it up and many sections where you can crash. Even the men were super stressed. I guess just 6 wanted to win and the rest of them just wanted to survive.

In the men’s class it was not a big surprise that Tomas Slavik won – also by a wide winning margin – followed by Quentin Derbier.

The final woman result:

1 Helene Fruhwirth
2 Simona Jirkova (CZE)
3 Natalia Piwowarczyk (POL)
4 Olga Ramzaykina (RUS)

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Thanks to my Christian Fessl and Christian Donner for the pictures. Thanks to my sponsors.

And big thanks to Tomas Slavik and his event crew for everything.

Even if this event is mainly focused on the performance of men (“#grabyourballs”) with a testosterone-overkill when it comes to racing, this year the women got their own rider’s presentation, were interviewed and received big respect for what they were doing. This means a lot to me personally – because as one can imagine, it is still not common that women get treated the same as men in this extreme sport. 11728773_606290692807257_8713097008118968269_o

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For the next three weeks I have no races planned. I want to concentrate on my jumping and sprint skills because I will need them for the World Champs in Italy ( Val di Sole – 20-22 August ) .
I wish all of you a pleasant August.

 

German Blog Entry at the Gravity Magazine 

Was tun, wenn man keine Eier in der Hose hat? #GRABYOURBALLS

Ja garnicht erst hinfahren? Am besten sich der Herausforderung garnicht erst stellen und Zuhause bleiben? Das dachten sich bis auf 28 Männer und 6 Frauen wahrscheinlich einige, wenns darum ging bei der 4x Pro Tour Round 4 (JBC REVELATION) mit zu fahren.

Kann man ihnen es verübeln? Ich glaube nicht. Denn, die von Tomas Slavik selbst designte und gebaute Strecke, hatte es so in sich und warf schon so manchen Biker aus dem Sattel. Wie zum Beispiel meinen Landskollegen Hannes Sklavik der letztes Jahr mit seinem Backflip/ Frontflip mega crash beim 2ten Pro Double einen sehr bleibenden Eindruck hinterließ, nämlich in den Köpfen der anderen Fahrern.

Am Donnerstag ging das ganze Spektakel bereits los. Training am späten Nachmittag stand am Programm. Ich kam auf Grund eines schweren Autounfalls auf der Landstraße zu spät. Keine Angst wir waren zum Glück nicht involviert.

Also hieß es am Anfang mal easy going und Linien anschauen. Nachdem ich die Strecke vom Vorjahr gut kannte, hatte ich jetzt keine großen Schwierigkeiten, denn für uns Mädls gabs eine Chicken Line bei den Mega Pro Doubles und selbst der Startdrop über das Gap wurde entschärft nachdem es da letztes Jahr schwere Deternationen gab.  Bei den Jungs sah das ganze schon schwieriger aus. Die hatten mit dem Wind und mit der Angst zu tun. Man konnte die Anspannung förmlich riechen und einige hoben sich die Pro Line für Freitag auf. Ich natürlich auch. Nein Spaß bei Seite die Pro Line würde ich „Stand heute“ sicher nicht springen. Am Abend fand dann noch die offizielle Eröffnung statt mit einer sehr netten Riders Presentation auf der Bühne mit einem etwas eigenartigen Kommentator, der lustig sein wollte, aber es dann am Ende nicht schaffte und einem mega Feuerwerk, dass in Österreich alle Sicherheitsregel brechen würde, die man sich nur vorstellen kann. Aber es war fett und wunderschön.

Am Freitag hieß es dann für mich einmal Vormittags ausruhen. Ich war einfach mega platt von meiner Woche. (Rennwochenende in Polen, Autofahrt, Arbeit, Training, Autofahrt , Renntraining) Am Nachmittag war ich dann wieder fit, fand aber ehrlich gesagt nicht ganz meinen Rhythmus. Der Qualifikationslauf war glaub ich mein schlimmster von diesem Jahr, aber anscheinend ging es den anderen Mädls ähnlich. Denn ich gewann ihn trotzdem. Bei den Herren war Tomas Slavik der schnellste gefolgt von einem Local mit einem Downhill Bike. Ja ein Downhill Bike richtig gelesen. Die Strecke war so ruppig, dass „Mann“ und „Frau“ ganz schön viel gut machen konnte mit einem Big Bike im Waldstück und im Rock Garden.

Ja und das war dann auch mein großes Bedenken am Samstag für den Finallauf. Simona, eine Local Downhill Tschechien, die ich nie zuvor gesehen hatte, die in der Quali stürtze, es somit keine aussagekräftige Zeit gab, und die ich auch im Training kein einziges mal sah weckte meinen Ehrgeiz alles zu geben und zu riskieren. Denn bis zu dem Zeitpunkt der Zieleinfahrt und dem Replay auf dem Screen im Ziel hatte ich keine Ahnung ob sie schnell ist oder sogar schneller als ich. Nachdem die Tschechischen Fans und Zuschauer total ausflippten und die Musik so laut war konnte ich nicht einmal hören ob jemand hinter mir fuhr und somit gab ich einfach alles bis ins Ziel. Wie ich dann am Replay sehen konnte, durfte ich mich am Ende über einen großen Vorsprung und einen verdienten Sieg freuen. Denn den Start hab ich getroffen, die Waldsektion sauste ich durch und den Zielsprung (der mir ehrlich gesagt Kopfweh verursachte weil er so komisch zum Springen war) sprang ich weit genug und safe.

So sah das Endergebnis aus:

1 Helene Fruhwirth
2 Simona Jirkova (CZE)
3 Natalia Piwowarczyk (POL)
4 Olga Ramzaykina (RUS)

Bei den Herren ging es schon viel wilder zu also bei uns Damen. Hannes Slavik hatte kurz vor dem Ziel einen Platten und zog somit nicht ins Finale ein. Blake Nilsen crashte durch Selbstverschulden am Wallride und zog auch nicht ins Finale. Der zweite von der Quali overshootete den 2 Pro Double, der nächste kam beim corner jump zu kurz und köpfelte über, der nächste blieb gleich beim Start hängen und stürzte ins Gap. Nur Tomas Slavik und Quentin Derbier lieferten einen spitzen Run nach dem anderen ab. Bis ins Finale wo dann am Ende the „Grab Your Balls Men“ himself Tomas Slavik die Nase vorne hatte und unter tobenden Geschrei und Gejubel den Heimsieg holte. Wie die Zuschauer abgingen kann man sich vorstellen, einfach nur abartig.

1 Tomas Slavik (CZE)
2 Derbier Quentin (CZE)
3 David Roberts (GBR)
4 Metcalfe Alexander (GBR)

Ein großes Lob und ein Dankeschön an die Crew von Tomas Slavik, die jedes Jahr so ein super Event auf die Beine stellen und einfach alles für den Sport und die Athleten/innen geben.

 

Ticked it of my list

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I am definitely on a lucky strike. At the moment everything I touch just works. I really can get used to that. Fingers crossed that holds on until the World Champs.

Last weekend I compete at the 4x Pro Tour round 3 in Poland at exactly the track, where my life turned around two years ago. I don’t really know exactly what happened but I got told I jumped the double over the corner to short, hit it very bad with my back wheel and went over the bars straight on my head. Knocked myself out and woke up in the hospital. And there the doctors told me that there is something in my head which doesn’t look good and I should check it again in Austria with an MRT… what I did and since then lots of things happened and luckily everything turned out good at the end.
I don’t want to dig out the old story but just for the understanding this place / race and jump was something big for me and I was very afraid to go there and race there again. I was not sure if I would be able to overcome my fear and jump this jump again. Some of you maybe will ask „Why she is going there then and putting herself into this uncomfortable situation?“ To be honest I don’t know exactly – but I think I wanted to go back to this place to finish where all had started and end my thoughts about the brain surgery. Running away from fears is not my style of living.

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So I arrived there on Thursday evening with my boyfriend and on friday I practiced on the track. I felt good and of course tensed but motivated to jump this jump. I didn’t even ride once the „chicken line“ because this wasn’t an option for me. I know it sounds stupid but if I wouldn’t have jump the jump I probably would have started at all because this race was not about winning against the others it was more about competing against myself.
How you can see on the first picture I did it and so I did it in all my runs. I won the qualification and the final run too. I am vey proud of myself and after two years I can close the door behind me, lock it and throw the key away.

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Thanks to my boyfriend, who is helping me in every facet of my life and supporting me as much as he can.

The final result:
1 Helene Fruhwirth
2 Natalia Piwowarczyk
3 Michaela Berakova
4 Eva Katharina Brauer

My next stop is in Jablonec at the JBC 4x Revelation next weekend so come and watch if you are near it’s definitively on of the sickest stop of the 4x Pro Tour.

Here the PINK BIKE REPORT + VIDEO:

 

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