Tijdens het Wereld Kampioenschap veldrijden 2018 in Valkenburg pakte Elle Anderson de 8e plaats bij de elite dames. Een top prestatie van wereldniveau. We are proud on you Elle! Naast Elle reedt ook ook Suz
anne haar WK bij de U23. Helaas had Suzanne niet de dat die ze hoopte te hebben maar heeft ze toch de race weten uit te rijden wat al een prestatie is. Ook Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado die tijdens het wegseizoen voor Restore zal gaan rijden pakte een fantastische 2e plek bij de Belofte Dames. Mees Hendrix knokte zich naar een mooie 7e plaats bij de junioren.
Reactie Elle Anderson
8th place in Valkenburg was a total surprise for me. I wasn’t as confident building up to World Championships after placing outside of the top-20 in the last two World Cups of the season in Nommay and Hoogerheide. When I saw the course for the first time on Thursday in training, I had the feeling that it was a good course for me. The heaviest and muddiest and most technical courses seem to suit me the best these days. But still, I didn’t have any crazy expectations of myself. I had only one choice, and that was to do my best and race my hardest on Saturday. I was so focused at the start, knowing that good positioning in the front of the pack would be key in the technical sections at the beginning of the lap. When the lights turned from red to green, I really went for it and found some open space on the right side to move up. So I started the race with excellent positioning and had no trouble until the first descent down the tricky turns. I tried to stay on my bike a moment too long, instead of running down the descent, and it cost me a few places when I crashed and got caught up with the racers behind me. But I kept going, never gave up, and maintained my own pace even with an incident with a dropped chain. By the final lap of the race, I knew I was holding 10th place and I focused on keeping that position until the end. At the finish, I couldn’t believe that I had been able to move up to 8th place. It would have been easier for me to believe that my legs had fallen off from exhaustion on that final, grueling climb to the finish! It’s my best result at World Championships to date and I’m proud of my race and the incredible support team around me. Thanks for reading, up and onwards!