CECILIE UTTRUP LUD­WIG CERVÉ LO BIG LA

Procycling - - PROLOGUE -

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”

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