By Kerstin Meyer on August 05, 2011
Finally it was on my schedule: the trip to this year's BMX World Championships at Copenhagen ! It's been a long drive, but worth it as i found out that the conditions up there were quite ok, since the hotel was in bike-riding-distance to the track & venue.
On sunday i was able to have a close look at the track, and i liked what i saw. Challenging, but manageable - right the way it should be for the worlds.
Monday afternoon was the first training session for the german team, unfortunalety it was raining right before we went into practise, what made the starting hill wet and a bit slippy, the track a little slow. But rain stopped and my rain jacket went into the corner very quick. Even when the circumstances were not high-motivating, i could check out some of the jumps and the gate. The Pro-Gate fell late, but after a coulpe of starts i got used to it very well.
At tuesday noon "the planet" (sun) meant it very good: bright sunshine, and we all were sweating from the first round on. The track was even harder and faster than the day before, and i tried some more jumps so i could leave very satisfied and was looking forward to my race. But on the days before i watched all the other races, tried to learn from them and of course supported my friends.
Warm-up on sunday was longer than ever, and i could do more laps than expected, that made me feel comfortable. After some rain drops before the training started the day turned sunny and very warm. My moto seemed to be the easier one, but in the other group was a dutch rider - Anita v.d. Mortel - a former world champion in the 80's on the gate. While she was unreacheable in my very first international races back then i never imagined that we would be racing together again. After i won my motos kind of easy and got even more comfortable during these rounds, in the main we were on the gate together, side by side, where i was "allowed" to go into the race from the far outside. Like in my motos i had a great start in the main final and could get into lead. Jumping the first step-up brought some more centimeters distance, and after jumping into the triple right before the first turn, i had a visible lead in front of the other riders. With almost every obstacle i could make the gap bigger, and i came first into the last straight. Again concentration ... and then i did it:
I got my 3rd Cruiser-title in a row and the 4th altogether
My joy about that was huge, because i competed against others than in the years before, and accordingly i did not have an idea of how they are riding, i had to let me surprise.
Thanks to all my friends, especially from Ingersheim, Jens & Co. from Bremen and everyone who supported me !
It's been a dream day !
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Endlich war es soweit, die Reise nach Copenhagen zur diesjährigen WM stand auf dem Plan ! Die Fahrt war doch recht langwierig, doch die Gegebenheiten waren vor Ort gut, da sich das Hotel in Bike-Riding-Distance zum Track befand. Am Sonntag konnte ich die Bahn auch schon begutachten, und mir gefiel, was ich sah. Anspruchsvoll, aber machbar - ganz so, wie es für eine WM sein sollte.
Ich holte mir den 3. WM-Cruisertitel in Folge und den 4. insgesamt !
Die Freude darüber war wieder riesig, denn es waren andere Mitstreiterinnen als in den Jahren zuvor dabei, die ich dementsprechend vor dem Rennen nur schlecht einschätzen konnte und mich überraschen lassen musste.
Ich danke allen meinen Freunden, hier besonders meine Ingersheimer, die Bremer Jens & Co. und allen, die mich angefeuert haben !
Es war ein Traumtag !
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