Racing, riding just for the fun of it and mini holidays sometimes all come together in one package. This is what happened to team’s Slovenian riders who went to Italy for the Bike Festival Garda Trentino and XCO events in Montichiari and Alpago. Tanja Žakelj was second in Montichiari, a week later in Alpago she pushed her Trek Superfly to victory ahead of Eva Lechner. “I had a good start, I was second behind Eva after the first climb. She had a fast pace, but then she did a mistake on the highest point of first lap and I attacked. The gap between us grew, I kept pushing hard and in the remaining three laps I was riding my own race,” said Tanja after the UCI C1 race. “This time I was ready to attack with everything what I have plus I’m very fond of the course in Alpago. With two weeks till the start of the World Cup I’m happy with how my legs feel.”
One day before it was a race day for Nejc Rutar and Žiga Pandur. Both were racing the Specialized Enduro Series powered by SRAM event in Garda. Actually the race started on Friday with a short prologue in the center of the city, five stages followed on Saturday. Nejc and Žiga were one of the first riders on the course and attacked hard, which proved to be a good approach. For Nejc this was an important event since he is focusing on enduro and this was his first big international race. On the end Žiga was 18th and Nejc was 22nd, which is a great result. The race was also an important test for the gear. Trek Slash proved to be an ideal bike for the stage racing like this – with long climbs and mix of technical singletrails and forest roads.
The festival in Garda was also a great opportunity to visit our partners on the expo, do some riding in the mountains above Riva, get some sun on the beach and much more. We can only say: Perfetto!
Photos by Grega Stopar