Iron Sally in freezing temperatures and adverse conditions: The Topeak Ergon rider defies the extreme weather conditions in Belgium Houffalize at the Roc d’Ardennes on Saturday and tacks another victory to her long Palmarès. World Champion Alban Lakata continues the upward trend at Lake Garda by taking fourth.
”It was tremendously slippery and very difficult to get a grip,” said Bigham. However, that didn’t phase ”Iron Sally” very much. The Brit was able to capture the lead during the first short climb. Soaking wet, struggling, raking and sliding are the conditions in which she constantly battled with to keep her lead over the French Helene Marcouyre on her Canyon Lux CF securing the largest trophy at her premiere in the Ardennes.
”It took me an hour in the shower to get clean again,” laughed Sally Bigham. ”But it’s a great day. A great town and beautiful trails. Even, if it rains.”
The BIKE Festival Garda Trentino at the Lake Garda that features the Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon provided a beautifully sunny race day. Alban Lakata finished his second race after the Cape Epic on the Ronda Extrema taking fourth place. ”It was again a step forward. The watt values are on, but only the body weight remains too high after the sickness. You really notice that on a climbing course. But everything is on track. I want to improve myself leading up to the European Championship”, commented the Austrian on the 90 km (about 56 miles) in Italy. ”It should go even better next week in Singen. In addition the route there is similar to the route of the European Championships.” The classic at Lake Garda closes with Kristian Hynek in tenth place.
Next Sunday, May 8th, Sally, Alban and Kristian are starting at the Rothaus Hegau Bike Marathon in Singen, an event of the UCI Marathon MTB World Series.
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