Champions League – Mathilde Gros: “It is not only a present”

His profession utterly modified (on the nice aspect) one night in October 2022. Just a few weeks in the past, Mathilde Gros (23 years previous), who was nonetheless struggling to shine on the worldwide scene, gained his first world gold medal, in particular person dash, on the World’s Championships observe biking on the Velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Thus confirming her monumental potential, the one who had already triumphed on the continental scene (two titles in keirin) took date with the Olympic Video games of Paris which is able to happen on the identical observe. Whereas ready for the Parisian Olympiad, the tricolor bicycle owner will participate within the second version of theUCI Monitor Champions League which shall be held in 5 rounds, together with the primary Majorca on November 12. An interview performed by our colleagues from Sports activities 59/62 and Jean-Marc Devred who rode on the Olympic observe with Mathilde Gros and Matthew Richardson.

Video – Mathilde Gros earlier than competing within the UCI Monitor Champions League

“I simply wish to have enjoyable, to go so far as doable…”

It is true that since I began observe biking, folks say they have been ready for me. However sooner or later, I ended interested by it. I experience my bike for enjoyable, I work, I dwell on my bike, I eat my bike, I sleep on my bike… so all of that is to expertise unimaginable moments on the observe, sporting moments with my household and exactly I ended placing that strain on myself. Since January, I’ve a brand new coach on the psychological stage, who’s in settlement with my present coach. I’m now properly surrounded and this permits me to reach in competitions with confidence. I simply wish to have enjoyable, go so far as doable in tournaments, don’t have any regrets and revel in with my household“, Clarify Mathilde Gros.

“It is clearly a boxing combat once you enter the observe”

The brand new particular person pace world champion additionally spoke in regards to the specificities of observe biking. “After we get on the observe, we play our life. We take blows, we give them… not bodily, however mentally that is it and we really feel it. It is clearly like a boxing match. When our competitor goes up on the observe or when she goes down, we’ve got to go get her, contact her, get out… it is clearly a boxing combat once we enter the observe“, explains the 23-year-old Frenchwoman who will take part within the second version of theUCI Monitor Champions Leaguewhose first spherical will happen in Majorca (Spain) on November 12.

“L’UCI Monitor Champions League, the proper competitors to attempt new issues”

I take this competitors with nice pleasure as a result of I feel it is actually one thing good for our sport, for our self-discipline… The observe is just not too publicized, nor too well-known. This can enable me to run in pace or keirin occasions, as a result of in the long run we do not have sufficient conferences within the yr the place we will specific ourselves. It is the proper competitors to attempt new issues, with out placing an excessive amount of strain on your self. We must take benefit, as a result of it will likely be one thing unimaginable, particularly the spherical in Paris, and provides all the pieces in every spherical. This competitors is not only showmanship. It is also very bodily and intense, so it is a good check“, concludes Mathilde Gros.

L’UCI Monitor Champions League, the person information!

From November 12 to December 3, the second version of theUCI Monitor Champions League shall be contested over 5 rounds: Majorca on November 12, Berlin on November 19, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines on November 26, London on December 2 and three. 72 observe racers shall be neck and neck in two totally different disciplines: dash and endurance. How are the runners chosen? From their outcomes obtained at 2021 and 2022 World Championshipsthroughout the first Champions League and all through the 2022 season.

So far as endurance is anxious, the 2 defending champions will defend their treasured. The American Gavin Hoover and the British Katie Archibald will attempt to do away with their rivals. In dash, the Dutchman Harrie Lavreysenlatest double gold medalist on the Worlds, may also be current to win a second Champions League in a row. Amongst girls, the German Emma Hinze determined to skip to relaxation. French aspect, Rayan Helal, Tom Derach, Mathilde Gros and Marie-Divine Kouame shall be engaged in sprints on the varied European tracks.


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