Merida Ninety-Six Team 29 race ready – what about the rider?
Hey again. I promised I would summarize Valdresrittet, and now I am. Last weekend it was about time to race again. These last weeks I have had a lot on my mind and racing was one of the last priorities on my list. But I love to ride and be part of the game and wanted to take a trip to beautiful Valdres and also support my friend and teammate Bjerkseth who is in great shape this season.
Tour de Hallingdal demanded a lot of me, and I am also working for a long term goal in October, so the threshold phase I’m in right now meant I wasn’t exactly in my best race shape. But enough with the excuses – when the bib is on the bars it’s racing time.. Do my best and make it a good workout at least.
My friends from Valdres Merida: The Ulven-brothers
Low shoulders at the start line
As normal the wind from the start was head on. But even so, the field rolled out very slowly. No-one was going to make an effort, and I got impatient so I went away. Had to try and at least see how far away I could get. Perhaps the break away would end up with me in a group ahead of the bunch. The headwind was strong, and it didn’t take long before the intervals from Wednesday and Thursday made their appearance.
Tired legs and an attacking field behind was a bad combo. When the front came and closed the gap I was already done. Didn’t have any boost in the tank today and just cooled it all down to get to the finish and be done with the ride. Rode together with another rider in the same mindset, but after halfway with the stronger master-groups starting to pass us (their start were 5 min behind ours) we just “couldn’t” resist giving a bit more 🙂
Finished the ride, but the time and result was completely irrelevant. In the middle of a training period this is what I can expect from myself, but racing in this condition is not exactly fun. It’s quite hard to feel overrun like I did today, but at least I finished.
Greg Saw (HR) and Øivind Bjerkseth (Team Merida Norway) after the race
The bright story from Valdresrittet was without doubt Øivinds performance. He was racing strong as normal this season and showed that he is in good shape before the Nationals in a few weeks time. He eventually ended up second overall, since sprinting is not exactly his strength. We had a nice time in Valdres and both really enjoyed the course on our full suspensions. Recommended! Next race for me is NC Helterittet in mid August. Until then I’m in training mode.
My yellow biker uniform – BOC
Podium from left: 2. Øivind Bjerkseth – 1. Vidar Mehl – 3. Erik Resell