엘리트 MTB 팀 선수들군 리타 달레 플레샤
군-리타 달레 선수는 기상상황의 영향을 많이 받았던 지난 시즌 마라톤 월드 챔피언쉽에서 대단한 성과를 이뤄냈습니다. 6월의 끝자락에, 41세의 노르웨이출신 MTB 여제 달레는, 오스트리아 키르츠베르그에서 열린 월드 챔피언쉽에서 자그마치 9번째 우승을 차지하였습니다. 이는 그녀의 5번째 마라톤 부분 금메달이기도 합니다. 달레 선수는 마라톤 뿐만 아니라 크로스컨트리 종목에서도 두각을 나타냈는데, 2013년 올림픽에서의 성과가 이를 뒷받침 해주고 있습니다. 그녀를 월드컵 역사상 가장 성공적인 선수로 남게 해줄 29번째 우승은 놓쳤지만, 발노르드, 발 디 솔, 그리고 하프젤 에서 열린 3번의 레이스에서 모두 포디엄에 오르는 기염을 토했습니다. 그녀는 여기서 멈추지 않고 노르웨이 국제 크로스컨트리 챔피언쉽에서 우승하였고, 프랑스와 스위스 국제 레이싱 시리즈에서도 여러 차례 승리를 거두었습니다. 시즌을 목전에 두고, 달레 선수는 그녀가 최고의 기량을 발휘할 곳에서의 2가지 목표가 있습니다. 첫 번째는 독일 세인트 벤델 에서 6월초에 열리는 유로피언 크로스컨트리 챔피언쉽입니다. 두 번째 목표인 9월 초에 하프젤에서 열릴 월드 챔피언쉽은, Grande Dame of mountainbiking (마운틴바이킹의 귀부인) 칭호를 얻는데 더욱 중요한 레이스입니다. 홈 관중들 앞에서, 달레 선수는 다른 어떤 월드 챔피언 타이틀보다도 가치 있는 경력을 얻길 바라고 있습니다.
UCI- 월드랭킹 2013 17
XCO 월드컵 종합순위 2013 9
키 173 cm
무게 59 kg
거주지 스타방거 (노르웨이)
코치 케네스 플레샤
취미 독서/글쓰기 그리고 아들과 함께 노는 것
가족관계 케네스와 결혼 / 한명의 아이
2013 World champion marathon, 1st Norwegian national championships crosscountry, 8th at World championships crosscountry, Worldcup results: 4th in Vallnord, 5th in Val di Sole and Hafjell, 10th in Nove Mesto, 9th in the Worldcup’s overall standings; race wins at BMC Racing Cup in Davos and Coupe de France event in Méribel
2012 1st European Cross Country Championships, Silver at both the World Cross Country Championships and World Marathon Championships, Worldcup finishes: Winner in la Bresse and Val d’Isère, 5th at Mont Saint-Anne, 7th at Windham, 8th at Nove Mesto and Houffalize, 2nd in the Worldcup’s overall standings
2011 1st European Marathon Championships, 1st Norwegian national Cross Country Championships, Worldcup finishes: 3rd at Val di sole, 4th at Nove Mesto, 6th at World Championships Crosscountry
2010 Silver medal european championshipsmarathon, 6th world championships marathon, 3rd Roc d’Azur (Cross Country)
2009 1st European marathon championships, 1st Norwegian national Cross Country championships,1st at Montebelluna’s Gunn-Rita-Marathon
2008 World marathon champion, 7th at World championships Cross Country, Worldcup finishes: 1st (Madrid), 5th (Mont Sainte Anne), 6th (Houffalize), 8th (Fort William)
2007 2nd Worldcup Houffalize, 3rd Worldcup Offenburg, 1st at MTB Bundesliga Münsingen, 1st at Sunshine Cup in Nals, 1st at Gunn-Rita Marathon
5 QUESTIONS5 ANSWERS
5 questions, 5 answers with a 9 times World champion
Hi Gunn-Rita, first of all: Congratulations on your great success!
I really crossed my fingers for you throughout the marathon world championship race and I was truly happy when you made it! Nine times World Champion… Unbelievable…! Still, for your fans I have a couple of questions on the race and your season. (Click for the interview)
1. As one of only a few ladies competing at the international top, you are racing both XC as well as marathon. Might this mix have been your advantage in Kirchberg (regarding liveliness, technical level of the XC World Cup race tracks, …)?
GR: Yes and no...The top speed in XC is higher, especially out from the start. The disadvantage coming from the XC scene is that we have never time for racing marathon during a season and with a course like in Kirchberg, it is very hard to do such long and steep climbing when you are not used to it. The last downhill at the Worlds this year, was really my favorite part of the race. Long, technical and with lots of high speed.
2. Winning the XCM World Championships shortly after you turned 40 might have surprised some. Or did you rather take advantage out of this (regarding experience, long-term endurance, …)?
GR: In many ways this track in Kirchberg was one of the hardest I have ever done because it took power and a big engine, but also a lot of mental substance. Riding uphill for more than 60 minutes with a steady pace, pushing the legs to the limit, it all comes down to how you handle this mentally. Together with Kenneth we work a lot on this for the last two weeks on training. Keeping focus on breathing, proper bike handling, pedal stroke, loose grip on the handlebar and using as little energy as possible in other parts of the body than the legs. I also knew that I would meet the "wall" several times during the race and was prepared that this would be a very painful part of the race, but had to push trough this no matter what. The age is no limit. It is all about working hard, priorities and passion...how much you want to become a champion again.
3. Riding your MERIDA BIG.NINE, you relied on the advantages of a Twentyniner bike. Most likely there was no real alternative to that, was it?
GR: I`m riding the best bike there is and the BIG NINE gives me comfort both up and down, good grip, a big advantage on technical parts and great rolling characteristics. With the setup I have on my bike and the equipment the Multivan Merida Biking Team is using, I trust my bike to 100% in all conditions.
4. Before entering the last downhill section you even found time to have your front wheel changed to another one suiting this last challenge better. Being that close to winning a World Championship, where did you take this calmness from, relying on everything going well during this stop?
GR: Everything we do in a big and important race as a World Championship, is planed down to the smallest details. The decision to change the front wheel for the last downhill was taken many days ahead of the race. If it was raining heavily, the plan was to change both wheels. I also knew before the start that no one could beat me down the last part so I was pretty calm when Marco changed the wheel. What worried me most was if I could stand on my feet while waiting those seconds it took to change it.
5. What’s up next? Where can your fans watch you racing and wearing the rainbow jersey?
GR: Join us for training in Livigno! I will wear my rainbow jersey every day when I ride my bike...and that will be the case for a year now :-) Racing marathon is extreme so it is not an easy combination when the main goals are in XC racing. From now on it is the World Championship in SA at the end of August, and the WC finale in Hafjell two weeks later, these are the main targets and that means there will be no room for marathon racing in this period. I will race a big marathon event in Poland on the first weekend of October and perhaps I do one or two more marathon races at the end of the season.
Thank you very much for taking your time.
And of course enjoy celebrating your success!