Hoping for an International breakthrough
Reigning Norwegian champion Erik Nordsæter Resell will be among the other junior riders today when the cross-country event starts at 15.00. This could be his international breakthrough.
Text: Camilla Skanke
After a strong finish securing him the gold medal in this years Norwegian championship, the young rider from Trondheim has to live with high expectations now that he is competing at his home turf.
– This is my first world championship and I think its really cool that its held here in Norway, says Resell.
The champion says he can feel the pressure of having to perform well in front of the local spectators, and he does not hide the fact that he is nervous about todays event. After all he will be competing against the best riders in the world.
– It will be a real challenge to compete at a high international level, but now I can compare my form against the best of the best. The bar is set incredibly high, so I think it might be hard, he predicts.
His plan is to conserve strength and hang behind the the rest in the early parts of the race, before he tries to overtake them one by one. He himself won’t dare to predict what result he gets, but he tells us that this course suits him well.
– My only hope is that my strength lasts all the way to the finish. The course is pretty cool and technically demanding, which I think is an advantage for me.
Yesterday his performance helped the Norwegian team to a 12th place at the team relay cross-country, where Resell met the expectations of coach Eddy Knudsen Storsæter who thinks Erik has good chances for success at todays event.
– Erik had a strong second leg yesterday, and contributed to the team’s finishing results. He has been working hard with his preperations leading up to the world championships, and we believe he will get a strong result, says the Norwegian team manager.