Houffalize first update

The training is over the qualification is over too, I am in Belgium now, more excatly in Houffalize the first world cup round…I can just give you a quick update because i have to go im starving. Hier is the results. I am happy I did all right and tomorrow i will go for it.. Bye Bye LENE

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What about the women?

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This weekend, Markus, my teammate Hannes Slavik and I went to Poland to take part at the second round of the European 4 cross cup race. It was a long drive up to Poland…we started at 7 o’clock morning and arrived at about 2 o’clock. I was so lucky I just had to drive for about one hour on the way home the rest the boys were driving. thanks by the way…We trained straight away, when we arrived. The track was fast, dry and slippery, had some nice turns and jumps in it. To sum it up I liked it a lot. What I really didn’t like was the amount of girls who where compeating, just me and Anita. Yeah we drive 7 hours to compete against each other allthough we live about 30 minutes away from each other… So we both saw it as a good training for 4x world cup in Houffalize. The weather was great and the croud was loud. But because of the fact we were just 2 girls competing the UCI and organisation ignored us completly. We were both very pissed. We didn’t show up on the qualification results, end results, homepage or on the podium. So it was like we had never raced there. Anyway in the qulification run I my time was 45,8 and Anita’s 45,6 so very close. And in our race run. At the start she was ahead of me on th e first straight and after the first turn I jumped the first double and she didn’t. So I was first but not for long I made a face plant because my front wheel slipped away. So she was a head again and stayed there until the finish.
Hannes got on the fabulous fourth place, considering that the world best best elite Riders were there.Maybe he would have even had a better result without his flat tire in the final run because before that he was on the 3rd position. Markus got kicked out by an german rider in his first heat, the rider got disqualified and Markus got in the next round. At the end he placed 22.
Bye Bye your LENE
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News News News…just news from me and my sponsors

Just open this files and you will find me news.. and below you find other news.
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SPY
Apart from that I have also news from my sponsor side. The austrian distributor Motion Sports, owner Hans-Jörg, is the new SPY Distributor from Austria and as far I can tell SPY goes big. So check out the stores where you can get the SPY Stuff. I will asked for a list and will post it soon. The new range from the SPY googles and sunnies are just great. There is also a new MX google „KLUTCH“ and it fits perfect in the DH helmet ( I am running a Troy lee D2).
Hans Jörg also has DVS and Ogio

MICHELIN:
Michelin brought out a new range of tires called WILD. I already got some tires for testing and I can just say wau. I tried the „WILD Rock R“ in 2,1 for 4 Cross on compact earth. The rubbers seems soft and it sticks great to the ground. I really liked it. I will see how it works and loose gravel, but I guess same.

So yes these were the news from my sponsors.
bye bye LENE

Italia report- Race in Pievo Di teco

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I am still in Italy but this time it is so much warmer and sun is shining on my face. I am waiting at a BMX track in Vigevano. I can’t ride because the gate is locked and so I wait for some people who said they will be there. So I hope they come soon or at all, because the track looks so nice from that what I can see.
This weekend I ride in Pievo de Teco and for my surprise a race was going on this weekend. The first Italian race and I guess one of the first races in Europe. So I didn’t want to miss the chance of doing my first race this year and practice the race situation. There were so many competitors from all over the place. From Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Swiss, Germany. So a bunch of people, I don’t know if there were other Austrians I didn’t hear or see some I know.
The track was very nice and I liked it a lot. Many many turns, some jumps and drops, some very steep section and then speed section as well. But what I really have to criticize is everything apart from the track. The start money was too much 40 Euros like at a World cup. The registration opened at 10:00 on Saturday and then they get one person done in 5 minutes. So you waited up to 1 ½ hour, when you were at the end of the queue. Then I nearly could not race because there is a new UCI rule which I have never heard about before, which says that foreigners are not allowed to participate at Italian races. For this race it was okay because it was a new rule but for the future no. So for everyone who wants to race small Italian races should not waist the time and go there before talking to an official and check the start situation. So and then they had just 2 vans for the bikes and 2 for the people, so you waited at least 45 min for getting a place on the shuttle. And the best was the lunch break from the shuttle drivers of 1 ½ hour. I thought it was a joke but no it wasn’t. I had the luck I had trained with Elisa on the track the days before. Because I had the first 3 runs a flat and then I did just one runs the whole day.
On the race day in continued like this. Not the flats I mean no I mean the organization. We had two runs the first was supposed to be at 11:00 o’clock. But until 11:00 o’clock they didn’t have any start lists prepared. I mean the just had one day to do this…..crazy. And then I got told the start after the numbers. Because I had a very high number I went up early. At the end 3 ½ hours to early…Yes exactly….. I got so tired and was so hungry. And finally I had my first run and I crashed in my first run. Not hard but I cost my some seconds. (no hurts) and the second run was at 16:50. This time my run was much better and I really enjoyed the riding. Finally I finished second after Elisa Canepa and before the Italian Champion Alissa. In the men class won Sueding Lorenzo.
My story isn’t finished yet… Then the price giving was running… or more stopping. The organizers were bringing the sheets with the category results one by one in an 10-15 min interval. You can imagine that makes the whole ceremony very boring and the commentator tried his best but hmm it didn’t really work out to keep the people entertained. We waited 2 hours in a cold building…I was so cold that my body was shaking. Okay I have to mention I am very easy frozen person.
All sounds now very negative but the fun I had during the riding was just erasing and over blinding all this mess of organization and I was very happy the whole weekend. My new bike worked fine, the sun was burning down, and I had fun with Elisa and her team. By the way check out her homepage www.elicaride.com. Her boyfriend and she are running this freeride DH shuttle service in Finale Ligure. I just can recommend this area for training. It’s just great. The city is right on the coast, very nice and the food there is soooooo good. Actually I ate in Pietro Ligure, where she lives and there the food was soo good. Bella Italia.

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Bella Italia- testing my new bike

Ciao bella, how they say here. yes I am in Italy for some training days, in the region Ligure. After I tried to finish my work at home I drove to Italy by myself. From Mödling to Graz I had a traveller passenger. But the other 10 hours I drove alone. I choose the car because I have to go to Milano to see my sponsor, SPY, after.
I was very tired from stressing myself out the days before. Since I am here in Italy I sleep every minute when I am not training. I don’t know why? Maybe I have to get all the sleep back which I have been missing the last weeks. Elisa is already calling me an old women…
I stay with Elisa from Elicaride.com at her place. It’s a nice town and direct on the sea.
The landscape and the little towns are so beautiful, all the little and narrow roads, the old churches and all the old cobblestones made by hand hundreds of years ago give these middle ages town a specific charme. Its quite edilic apart from the weather. It obviously had it in for us. It snowed it down all day and of the top of the hills the ground were frozen and slippery.
I did some runs on thuesday morning but then the shuttle stopped, it was too cold and the other riders had to go home.
It was my second day on a DH bike since a long long time. The first I was with Martin, my mechanic in Bratislava on the last sunday and he helped me to adjust the rear and front suspension. I am running the FOx 40 and the DHx RC4. The rear works already perfect for me but the fork not yet. I don’t know which spring I should run. The purple one is a little bit to soft and the next harder one, the blue one, is to stiff. I will see I have time to test it now.
Yesterday we were in Pievo de Teco. I was there two years ago. It is nice track. A lot of burms and it was fun to ride it with Elisa and her friends. Today we will go again.
bye bye LENE
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Slovakian Race in Male Lucivna

Last weekend I raced in Slovakia. 3 1/2 half hours away from my town. I arrived very late about one o clock but it was enough to do couple of runs. Super nice new builded track, very technical and steep. The sun was shining the whole weekend and so the track was very dry, but better that than wet,  because it would have been “fun“ to ride on the off camber parts. We were 6 women. In my qualification run I crashed and got stoked between two trees. In my race run all went well, I did just few mistakes, like braking at some sections to much. I finished 3rd. half second behind the second one and 8 behind the first one. I was satisfied with the podium place and it was great practice.

Bye bye Lene

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World Champs in Champery /Eurobike/ next year

Last weekend I was racing at the Worlds in Switzerland. I was nominated by national team, so super happy about that, because yeah World champ means the Worlds best riders..

I was nominated for both disciplines downhill and 4x but i thought doing one and doing this well is better then stress around with both and do both bad. hmm I am still not sure if it was the right desicion because I ended up 11th in 4x which was absolutly not that what I had expected. Medal was my goal and after my qualify in Val di Sole 4th place I thought it could happen, why not. I was well prepared and felt good. But yes thats 4x and it didn’t work out for me this time. I didn’t feel good on the track and I switched around my bikes 4x fully or hardtail 1 time – that was my question.. I got a new 4x fully frame from commencal (thanks for that commencal andorra). In the finals i decided to got with the hardtail- i had a good gate but let the first corner open and I got 3rd and the track didn’t have many options to pass, so I stayed 3rd and was out.

I was disappointed but how i said thats racing and next time I make it.

In the same night from friday to saturday my team mate Hannes and I drove (okay he drove i slept most of the time, thanks Hannes ) to ther Eurobike and we arrived there just in time. Running around to see all my sponsors, get the deals, get new deals and the most important thing get a new frame sponsor, because I left the team Alpine Commencal.

I want to say thank you to the two physios Angie and Margot, Elke the best room mate every, Bernd and Heinz the coaches and to all my sponsors, Alex from Acros, Roland from Syncros, Matt from Royal,  Denise from Iriedaily, Hans Jörg from DVS and Ogio, Axel from Go Pro, Guiseppe from Spy, Tom from 661, Helge from Shimano, Niccolo from San Marco, Andreas from Michelin, Martin from Fox Shox, Daniel and Chris from e13, Anja from Urban Tool, Dennis from Formula, Kathi from Wagrainbikepark, Michael from Chiba Vision, my mechanic Matrin from Suspension Clinics, Roland the trainer from the Galaxy fitness center and Michi the best bike shop boss ever (ciclopia)

I hope I didn’t forget some one if yes I am sorry.

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Where is my luck?

Last weekend I raced in Val di Sole. (ITA) It was all perfect. I saw an old friend elisa canepa again, I had my mechanic Martin with me, who supported me perfect and the sun was burning down. I trained well and qualified perfectly on friday with an nearly perfect run. 4th place from 25 girls. So really happy about that. Race day …still all good. first heat still all good. got easy in the next round. Semi final… it got worse. I had a puncture in my run, so didn’t make it in the finals. So started in the small final, where I HAD A CAMERA MAN IN FRONT OF THE TRAFFIC LIGHT!!!!! so i couldn’t see the red light. Because I can just start visual I totally missed my gate and finished 8th… WHAT A fu….sh….I protest at the bottom but the ITALIEN UCI (very important italien UCI people, which were absolut unprofessional the whole weekend) didn’t care and they didn’t make a rerun. (the day after i talked with the woman, who has something to say at the UCI – forgot her name- and she said that she would have made a rerun for sure and that she was very sorry for what happened. hmm what can i buy with this sorry. NOTHING!!! So what does that means for me??? now. I didn’t get a chance to get on the podium, I am super angry, frustrated and rode so much better than to be at the end 8th….. and sorry i forgot a „small “ detail, which makes me broken…  I can pay me the World champs costs by myself, because I needed a top 6 result to get a fund. Yeah thanks to the Cameraman, who i better never meet again in my life.

Champery I will try to kill it with all this anger in me… see you Lene

Lets Free ride…

Let’s freeride. Yeah, yeah, yeah?Because of my whole in my pockets, I am not at the world cup in America. So I had two weekends of since I race at the IXS cup and European 4 Cup in Leogang. Where I won by the way the 4X and in the Downhill I placed 12th.(Sorry for not informing you) After these 6 weeks of travelling and racing in the row I was empty and I took time to charge my batteries. Working and racing on a high level don’t fit together… So in this two weeks I had some nice hours on my xc fully and replaced many parts on my downhill bike, which was after the rainy races also finished… the bearings didn’t move any more..This weekend I felt for racing again so much that I travelled to Saalbach to the Dakine Freeride Festival, one of the biggest MTB events I have ever been in Austria. The people just get crazy here. Fancy bikes, fancy clothes and motivated spectators, pro riders, riders and distributors were everswhere. I competed in the Maxxis Dual Eliminator and the Scott Gang Battle. The Dual was going on Friday evening. I trained very well, felt good on the track and looked forward to ride it home. The race modus was not really fair. In Dual you have to tracks and normally every couple ride both lines and the one with the bigger time difference wins. But at this event we didn’t have a qualification. So the riders were picked by luck and the first said number could chose the line…… that wasn’t really satisfied for the athletes so neither was it for me. At the end we had to play Schnick schnack schnuck (stone, scissors, paper). I was dominating every run until the final, where I had the bad luck and got the left course, which was slower than the right course. I gave my best was jumping all the jumps pedalled hard at the end but didn’t make it. I place 2nd behind Steffi Marth from Germany. I was quite disappointed but hmm what should I do we are both fast and she had the fortune on here side.  But the champagne shower was so  much fun….At the boys my team mate Hannes Slavik won in front of Guido Schugg (GER) and Johannes Fischbach (GER).
Next day, was Saturday and a new game was on, the Scott Gang Battle race. I have to say I am racing so long now but this race was the hardest race I have ever ever done. The track was about 12-15 min long, not difficult but the distance made it so hard. In my qualification went bad. I had no experience and chose a very stupid start place, my fault, so apart from this, I missed the start signal by 1-2 seconds and I got involved in a start disaster, in one crash, a many dusty clouds, risky passing manoeuvres, and got stuck behind a slower rider.  I ended up 5th from 29th.

Next day, race day I wanted to make it better. I choose the lefties place I could and it paid of well. This time I tried to concentrate on the start peep signal so much and on the first left turns. I told my self you have to be first at the turn. I was leading for a while got passed by another girl when we enter in the first turns. I stayed on the second position until the 1km pedal section. There my race was over. I stood up and pedalled but the others passed me one by one. I think because this is my weakness anyway, and they had this adjustable seat posts and could pedal way better than me. So I rode a solid run down and gave everything what I could. I finished with a time of 13min and 19 seconds. I placed 4th. Even if I didn’t make it to the podium I am so proud on myself that I was leading at the top and gave my best.

First place was Ines Thoma, second Antje Krammer (GER) and 3rd Elke Rabeneder (AUT).
At the boys Mathias Stonig won with an incredible time of 11 minutes 09 seconds. Beeli Arminio (2nd) and Anrig Lukas (3rd)

results (click here)
Bye bye Lene

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Back to Leogang – relaxing?

Last weekend i travelled again to Leogang because the IXS cup and the European 4x cup was going on. It was all the same apart from that I was this time by myself and i had to switch the car, my one had a break defect. My uncle lent me his own. Friday the Dh track was in a good shape and the sun was out. I really enjoyed riding it. The 4x track was fast. I had good practice runs and had really fun. It was a great preparation for the World champs there next year. The qualification run went well too. I was 2,7 seconds first. Ahead from Diana Maggraff from Equador and Neza Knez from Slovenia.
Saturday I felt very tired I could feel the races from the weeks before and was empty. It was quite hectic and exhausting to switch between 4x and downhill. And my batteries were finished. At the end the weather conditions turned into a storm and the 4X final race and the elite dh qualification got cancelled. I kept my first place from quali, which was great and I was okay with that because the race would have been on Sunday morning, where i had downhill practice.
Sunday was raceday in downhill and I felt allright but not 100 percent motivated to be honest I wanted to go home to relax for a bite. So was my race run. The track looked not anymore like a downhill track more than a battle field, so deep brake holes and mud lines that you could slice with your brake disc the mud. I found my way down but the time was really crap. I finished 12th. But I didn’t think about it much it was not feeling for racing and so it was fine for me, I can not be always top. (okay in four cross I won, so I can not be top everyday….)
This weekend I stayed at home did some nice XC laps and 4x trainings, RELAXING that it was I needed. Bye bye Lene

Black or White

Black or white, lose or win, make it or crash, give everything or lose everything. I have to admit that’s the best way to explain the word racing and my life as a competitor. I live through this all the time and a smile is so much closer to a tear than you think. I nearly know anybody who is always on a winning streak, so neither I am.My World cup story begins in Scotland. Everything was planned in detail. I got on the plane by time, I got picked up by Pete Scullion, I had a place to stay in Edinburgh, got a cheap rental car, had the best travel mate, got my bike in one piece, I had a great accommodation in Fort Williams, the weather was great and stayed great, the 4x track suited me, training went perfect but yes now it comes the word BUT and the turning point in this story I messed up me first heat. I had horrible gate, I cased the first jump- the step down- the double- the other double, I was fighting all the time to catch up to her but in the stone field I nearly crashed and she was gone again. At the last straight I sprinted but I couldn’t make it. So yes I came all the way to get out in the first round how shattering is that? I looked the replay and couldn’t believe how bad my performance was. Finally I placed 10th. Melisa Buhl hugged me later seeing how sad I was and told me give yourself 24 hours and you will see you will feel better by then. It worked, I slept over it, I spent another day in Edinburgh, did some sight seeing and ate the best Indian food ever.

I came home on Tuesday, washed my stuff, had a long talk to my mental coach and get on the road again by Thursday morning. This time I had a big support with me, my mechanic Martin from Suspension Clinics and I felt confident for the upcoming races in Leogang, Austria. I decided to take part in both events downhill and 4X. I liked the track and I like Leogang but like always in Austria it was pouring down and I was the whole weekend just soaked and muddy. I take me hat off for those people who are out there the whole day to help the athletes, standing in the mud, carrying heavy back bags, spare wheels, pumps, trainers, gloves, goggles, tubes, giving the rider the umbrella and standing in the rain. Like Martin did for me, for free, just because he wanted to help me. This is for me having the heart on the right place. It was so good to not care about anything just your hands on the bar and ride. So did I. I trained a lot and had a tight schedule. But I found the right balance and had always enough power, when I needed it. Saturday I had downhill qualification run. I made a big mistake at the top section and missed the top 20th mark. I got 28th. I was disappointed but I had to get it out of my head to get ready for the 4 cross in the afternoon. And this afternoon was my time. I fought and raced I had never done before. It just went for it. Crash or win. Black or white and it paid off. I got 6th and was so happy. I couldn’t believe it. I made some good moves in the small final and nearly made in the first turn to lead the field. Next year there are the World champs in Leogang and after this performance I am confident for next year…. Yeah I like the white side can get used to it.

Here you find an interview sorry its german:

see my runs in freecaster.tv replay

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Thanks to all my sponsors Lene

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Fort William…10th place

So yes what should i say. I am angry about myself. Everything went well the last days. I had good practice runs and a good feeling a good qualification came 9th and in my first heat everything went wrong. I had a bad start, cased the jumps, lost the momentum, lost a passing maneuver and so I came 3rd and was out in the first round. How disappointing is that.
I will watch the DH race and cheer for my team mates. Fingers crossed they will make it better. and see you in Leogang Lene