“Mountain bike is more freestyle, it’s more relaxed, and more individual. If you’re good and have no technical problems you finish in front. On the road, you play tactics and you’re in a team. With these tactics it’s not always the best who wins, and then you have this tension around the races all the time that you don’t have in mountain bike.
“In mountain biking it’s just racing, you get in your rhythm and you’re good. It’s a nice world. Especially here in America, it’s a good atmosphere. I wanted to come here for the Sea Otter Classic - it didn’t matter it was right after Flèche Wallonne and that I have a race next week. It might not be the perfect preparation and I might mess up one of these races, but I don’t care. Of course, I want to do good, but if I don’t feel well in one of these races then there’s the next race.”
— Vos Enjoying New Success In Mountain Biking | Cyclingnews.com
Vos put nearly four minutes into the winner of the opening time trial, Slovenia’s Blaza Klemencic, to take the overall lead in the race. She won the stage by 3:31 over Adelheid Morath and now leads the German in the standings by 3:43.
Formerly a Dutch champion in the discipline as a junior, Vos has put her focus into cycling’s other disciplines since she joined the elite ranks in 2006, yet the win still came as a surprise.
“It’s pretty cool to win here. I didn’t expect to be so good,” Vos said. Yesterday already was a surprise. “Of course, the big climbs suits me better than the downhill. I am really happy, that it worked out, incredible.”
— Vos Shines In Pro Mountain Bike Debut | Cyclingnews.com
Twitter / Marianne Vos
Can’t wait to see what Vos does in MTB this year! Sounds like she’s having a lot of fun, too!
"German Olympian Adelheid Morath has joined the Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team, effective in 2013. The 28-year-old , who finished second at the German cross country mountain bike national championships, has known her new teammate and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Sabine Spitz for years, often sharing training camps."
— Morath Joins Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team | Cyclingnews.com
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Twitter / Catharine Pendrel
and she should know…