Tanja Žakelj showed her new best of the season in Les Gets – she was 16th on the XCO race on Sunday; before that she took 19th on the short track. This is second great result in two weeks; good news is also that she wasn’t so far away from top ten.
Tanja is generally doing well on the new venues. Les Gets in fact already hosted best mountain bikers in the world, but that was before her time.
“Les Gets is a new venue in the World Cup and I like that. The track has no technical challenge, but I knew right away that it will be very hard physically. But I must admit that it was very fast on the descents and we had to stayed focused for the whole race.” – Tanja Žakelj
Track really wasn’t on the level of the modern XCO battlefields. There were some forest sections and lots of big berms, but no real technical challenges.
Tanja already did well on short track on Friday, when she took 19th place. That earned her the better position on the start grid and today she took full advantage of it. She was close to the top and changed positions with riders around her a lot and slowly climbed up the ladder.
“I set aside my high expectations and gave my best out there on the race. But I did felt the consequences of the short track in my legs. The first climb was a real hell. I kept focus and didn’t thought about the result, my mission was to make it through the race in the most optimum way. I did that and the end was good, so I can be happy with my result,” said Tanja after the race.
Tanja is now 23rd in the overall standings. Kate Courtney won the race in Les Gets.
Photos by Grega Stopar