The first lady of cross country
Mountain bike legend Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is ready for the World Cup on home soil. She seems certain that her routine and experience in this sport, will be decisive for her physical condition at the raceday.
By: Henrik Brastad
Gunn-Rita feels that her preparations leading up to the World Campionship has been good. She’s been to Livigno, Italy this summer to train for the championship. She finished the World Cup in Meribel, France with a second place behind World Cup winner Jolanda Neff from Switzerland. Overall Gunn-Rita finished 6th in the World Cup.
She tells us that this year’s trail is improved from the World Cup in Hafjell last year. As a veteran of the cycling scene, with participation all the way back to 1995, she has won the World Cup four times, as well as gold in the Olympic in Athens 2004. The last time Lillehammer hosted the World Cup she took a gold medal in the marathon discipline.
When asked about her expectations this year she replies:
– I am certain my physical condition will not be any challenge, I have good routines in that field. Expectations are as usual high infront of this year’s challenges. The fact that the World Cup this year is held in Lillehammer is a bonus. I’m hoping for a good atmosphere among the spectators and that this may provide an additional boost to do well in the competition, Gunn Rita says.