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05 Sep 2018

“Everyone will enjoy true MTB!”

Francesc Guerra (BUFF®-Scott) is the current GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano champion and aims to repeat victory in his homeland.

 

The first edition was dominated by two Catalans, Clàudia Galicia and you ...

Hopefully we can repeat victory. Clàudia is a very strong mountain biker in this type of races and it’s also an area where she usually trains. She’s more favourite in the female category than I am in the men’s, but we’ll both have to be at our 100% in order to repeat our 2017 victories.

You play at home...

It could be understood that it’s the home race because I’m from Catalonia but I live almost two hours from La Cerdanya. It’s an area that I know very little as to think that it’s a factor that can benefit me from my rivals.

Expectations for GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018...

The last edition started with a time trial that was very tough, not having references forces you to always give your maximum until you cross the finish line. I knew I was in good shape, but I couldn’t imagine being able to get the leader’s jersey and with a solid advantage, something that helped me manage the rest of the days with more confidence.

The goal is to fight for the victory. Repeating last year’s victory would be very nice. The fact of being a UCI competition always attracts very good riders both from MTB Marathon and Cross Country in search of points for the world ranking.

Approach for the new route...

Like any stage race you have to know how to manage your efforts very well, but I think it can be decisive at GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano.

I don’t know the terrain at Puigcerdà but I’m sure that, just like last year and taking into account that José Antonio Hermida has a lot of hand in the design of the course, all the riders will enjoy true MTB.

Looking at this edition’s stage profiles, I’ve seen that the last stage will be very similar to last year and I know that in those last thirty kilometres everything can be decided, both by its physical toughness and technical skills. I also remember its incredible downhill singletrack.

You also won La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017 and you have raced Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano, what’s different of GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano from these...

The surroundings of La Cerdanya offer a broader range of possibilities and in a smaller radius of kilometres than La Rioja and Andalucía. You can climb mountains of more than 2.000 metres of altitude without having to make an approach from the start, and at the same time you have the option of riding along flatter areas of the valley parallel to the Segre river.

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