TOP CLASS BIKERS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO NOVÉ MĚSTO NA MORAVĚ
Some of them left Albstadt in no haste, other could not wait to leave it ASAP and are already getting set in the Vysočina Region. Last year, Annika Langvad compared the journey from Albstadt to Nové Město to coming from hell to heaven. So let us hope the same will apply this year, too.
The first race of the mountain bike World Cup series was held in Albstadt (GER) last weekend, and unfortunately, conditions were very similar to those of 2018: very unfavourable. Racers had to deal with rain, mud and slippery track that destroyed both their bikes and parts, and the riders, too.
Due to an injury, many of them had to withdraw from the race. And among them was Ondřej Cink, the best from the Czechs, or Lars Forster of Switzerland, who cannot even start in Nové Město due to treatment of his injuries.
Teams have already started to put up their tents, and riders from teams like Cannondale, Specialized and many others are already beginning to train in the forest that surround Nové Město na Moravě.
„We are coming there directly from Albstadt,“ Jolanda Neff said after finishing the race in Albstadt. „I am looking forward to racing there again very much. I will ride my new bike and my anticipation is beyond words. Actually, it will be the first time that I will be together with my new team. I love riding in the countryside around Nové Město, and the singletrails in just next to the stadium. I like the track, the people, the countryside in Nové Město…“ the likeable Swiss beauty remarked.
“I honestly love the Nové Město track, and have great memories connected to it. It was there that I rode my very first World Cup race eight years ago, still as a junior. So it is a special place for me and I reckon that I am not the only one to look forward to coming to NMNM. The same goes about the whole team,” Kate Courtney, the winner of the first race in Albstadt said.
The winner of the men race, Mathias Flückiger of Switzerland, feels the same: “Nové Město is a special place for me, the highlight of the season. Both the track and the spectators there are absolutely unique, and the organizers do a grand job,” the thirty-year-old Swiss said, and added an appraisal: “When Nové Město was added into the World Cup circuit, it was a huge step for mountain bikes as a sport.”