Champions League – Mathilde Gros: “Strive new issues …”

His profession fully modified (on the great facet) one night in October 2022. A number of weeks in the past, Mathilde Gros (23 years outdated), who was nonetheless struggling to shine on the worldwide scene, gained his first world gold medal, in particular person dash, on the World’s Championships monitor 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 monitor. Whereas ready for the Parisian Olympiad, the tricolor bike owner will participate within the second version of theUCI Observe Champions League which can be held in 5 rounds, together with the primary Majorca on November 12. An interview carried out by our colleagues from Sports activities 59/62 and Jean-Marc Devred who rode on the Olympic monitor with Mathilde Gros and Matthew Richardson.

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

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

It is true that since I began monitor biking, folks say they have been ready for me. However in some unspecified time in the future, I ended interested by it. I experience my bike for enjoyable, I work, I stay on my bike, I eat my bike, I sleep on my bike… so all of that is to expertise unimaginable moments on the monitor, 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 nicely surrounded and this permits me to reach in competitions with confidence. I simply wish to have enjoyable, go so far as attainable in tournaments, don’t have any regrets and revel in with my household“, Clarify Mathilde Gros.

“It is clearly a boxing battle if you enter the monitor”

The brand new particular person velocity world champion additionally spoke in regards to the specificities of monitor biking. “After we get on the monitor, 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 monitor or when she goes down, we have now to go get her, contact her, get out… it is clearly a boxing battle after we enter the monitor“, explains the 23-year-old Frenchwoman who will take part within the second version of theUCI Observe Champions Leaguewhose first spherical will happen in Majorca (Spain) on November 12.

“L’UCI Observe Champions League, the best competitors to attempt new issues”

I take this competitors with nice pleasure as a result of I believe it is actually one thing good for our sport, for our self-discipline… The monitor just isn’t too publicized, nor too well-known. This may permit me to run in velocity or keirin occasions, as a result of ultimately we do not have sufficient conferences within the 12 months the place we will categorical ourselves. It is the best competitors to attempt new issues, with out placing an excessive amount of strain on your self. We should take benefit, as a result of will probably be one thing unimaginable, particularly the spherical in Paris, and provides the whole lot in every spherical. This competitors is not only showmanship. It is also very bodily and intense, so it is a good take a look at“, concludes Mathilde Gros.

L’UCI Observe Champions League, the person information!

From November 12 to December 3, the second version of theUCI Observe Champions League can 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 monitor racers can 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 Championshipsin the course of the first Champions League and all through the 2022 season.

So far as endurance is anxious, the 2 defending champions will defend their valuable. 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 even be current to win a second Champions League in a row. Amongst girls, the German Emma Hinze determined to skip to relaxation. French facet, Rayan Helal, Tom Derach, Mathilde Gros and Marie-Divine Kouame can be engaged in sprints on the assorted European tracks.


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