CECILIE UTTRUP LUDWIG CERVÉ LO BIG LA
Ladies and gents, I’m just undergoing the final countdown for one of the biggest and most prestigious events on the calender - the UCI Road World Championships. It’s not a secret that I’ve been very much looking forward to this race, this season. The hilly road race course in Innsbruck is a real treat for a mountain goat like myself.
And, of course, it is always special to wear the red and white colours and represent Denmark with my fellow Danes. For the road race
I will line up together with five other super strong ladies, which include five-times marathon mountain bike world champion Annika Langvad. The squad is full of Danish dynamite and I’m extremely excited to see what we can do.
I’m also proud to be selected to ride the individual time trial in Innsbruck. Last year was my debut in the event as a pro, and I finished 10th. I love time-trialling. It’s such a beautiful discipline and very difficult to master. I love to prepare for it. Studying the course, the corners, the surface and memorising the right lines. Last but not least you have to be able to put yourself in that special bubble to ride, being super focused and able to deal with and accept the constant pain. Maybe I’m a bit crazy but I like all of it. My preparation was going great… just until I found myself in the emergency room at a hospital in Switzerland. My appendix was infected and an operation was necessary to fix it. This was of course not optimal preparation with less than three weeks before the Worlds. But that is life. Sh*t happens. Luckily the recovery has gone well and I’m back on my bike at the time I write this, fine-tuning my shape before the battle for the rainbow jersey begins.
It would seem that I’ve become a Weight Weenie this year. I’ve had two wisdom teeth taken out and now one appendix removed - taking all the unnecessary stuff out and making me as light as possible! I must be several grams lighter now. Who knows, maybe this could come in handy when the roads get hilly at the Worlds very soon :)
By the time you will be reading this however, the races will all be over. Hopefully we will have achieved results we can be proud of. If not - we will just have to come back next year and try again.
“I’ve become a Weight Weenie this year. I’ve had two wisdom teeth taken out and now one appendix removed”