05 September 2015    xco   Tanja   WCH   Andorra  

Vallnord in Andorra is hosting 2015 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, a race that means last big event for most riders. Tanja Žakelj is no different, she was thinking about this race a lot in the last months or even year. She knew it’s going to be hard, and she wasn’t wrong. Tanja explains: “I had mixed feelings coming to this race, since I know that I can’t race well on the high altitude – at the same time I wanted to do a good result in Andorra. I’m not adapted to the high altitude and this was obvious today. Some riders did altitude training and they performed much better on this race. We decided for the other option, there actually wasn’t any other option.”

The venue in Vallnord is at around 1.900-2.000 meters above sea level.

This time her start was not good. She missed the pedal with her shoe and had to step back down once more before really starting the race. She was still in the contact with the main bunch, but her body said “no” right away. She fell from 17th to 20th place in the first three laps, then she gain some places and finished in 18th. Good side of the race is that we know what the problem was, and we know what Tanja needs to do in her offseason.

Tanja Žakelj: “I can’t say I’m happy with result, but at the same time I’m not super disappointed. I know what is the reason for this result and I know that I have problems with races on high altitude.”

Cross-country champions are Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Nino Schurter.

UCI website (results, start lists, etc.)
Andorra 2015 – official website
Race on Red Bull TV

Photos by Grega Stopar