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21 Sep 2018

“My goal is to win the overall”

Second time racing GAES Catalunya Bike Race shifted by XTR and winner of last year’s final stage, Sergio Mantecón (Trek Factory Racing), faces this edition having been this season the best Spaniard at the MTB Marathon (XCM) World Championship and Spanish Cross Country (XCO) runner-up.

Expectations…

Having raced last year with a cold and not being able to perform at 100%, this year I arrive having done a good season at the World Cup and with a good pedal stroke, so my goal is to win the overall. Besides, the UCI points now count for the Olympic Games.
 

The appeal of GAES Catalunya Bike Race shifted by XTR is…

To me, without doubt, the quality of its route. It’s very complete (technical, tough, incredible landscapes…). 

 

Although you’re a Cross Country (XCO) specialist, you cope well with MTB Marathon (XCM) races…

Although I’m 100% focused on XCO, I’ve always adapted well to long distance. XCO is a very intense effort during a shorter period (1 hour 25 minutes), while XCM is a longer effort but at a lower intensity, and at the end one thing compensates the other, at least in my case. 

I enjoy both equally. In XCO due to the feeling of going all-out on climbs and descends, and in XCM for being able to pedal during a longer time, covering more distance and being able to enjoy the race without such an agonizing feeling. 
 

Decisive moment at a MTB stage race…

In my opinion, the most important is consistency. Not making mistakes, not exceeding efforts and racing as efficiently as possible during all the days. 

 

What should be payed most attention to…

It’s vital to look after the bike, specially in severe weather conditions and several days, it can suffer a lot. Also energy, restore it before, during and after the stages. 

 

With the sight on Tokyo 2020…

It’s the long term goal. One of the reasons for which I also race GAES Catalunya Bike Race shifted by XTR is to get the UCI points that this race has, in order to get the slots for Spain. After the disappointment with my non qualification for Rio 2016, I don’t want to obsess myself, but I repeat, it is my long term GOAL. 

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