Notes From North America

Canada and the USA have treated us kindly and we are very happy to travel home with our best-ever Elite World Cup result under our belt. 

 

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Annie and Martin, together with team Manager Paul and Mechanic Lee, flew out to join Shlomi in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada, for Round 5 of the UCI World Cup.

Shlomi was completing a solid pre-Rio training block and Annie and Martin were coming off the back of successful rides at the Hadleigh Park International so morale was high even if jet lag tried to spoil the party!

[more on Shlomi’s Canada Camp HERE]

With just one Elite female in the race for OMX, all eyes were on Annie. And she performed brilliantly! After months of illness form has been hard to find, but in MSA Annie made big progress. Seventeenth place at the end of a tough race of hills, heat, rain and rocks gave the team our best Elite World Cup result to date…and there’s certainly more to come from Annie!

Also stepping it up in MSA was Martin. Sixth place among such big talents at Hadleigh Park International was just the confidence boost Martin needed. We knew he had a ride like that in him, it just hadn’t fallen into place until then. Even with those much-needed UCI points Martin had to start from near the back of the grid in Canada and work his way through the field. Bottle-necking on the first lap cost our boys a lot of time but as soon as they could the hammer was down and the the engines were firing on all cylinders! Martin  raced to a fantastic 28th place and Shlomi took a super solid 34th even after two weeks of heavy training.

 

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With Isla winning her first Elite race and with that taking the overall British XC Series Title, it was a ‘Super Sunday’ for OMX!

[all about Isla’s win win HERE]

 

Following Mont Sainte Anne the team dispersed – Shlomi to Rio, Martin back home to Germany and Annie south to Windham, New York.

Annie backed up her strong ride in the World Cup with an impressive third place at the HC class Windham Pro XCT. Annie led the race up the first climb before settling into her rhythm and dropping back a little. Bronze medalist from London 2012, Georgia Gould, took up the race and went on to win in front of Hungarian Champion Barbara Benko, but Annie was closing in on them on the final lap showing that her race fitness is well on its way back.

Third place in an HC event was a fantastic way to finish the trip. Now it’s back to Europe and preparations for the final World Cup of 2016 in Vallnord, Andorra.

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Isla wins the British XC Series

With her first ever Elite win, Isla wrapped up the British XC Series title in fine style this weekend. 

Isla had produced solid rides at each round of the British Series this year but luck had never really gone her way. However, with a string of strong international results under her belt, Isla went into the final round in Cannock Chase with fine form, confidence and the stars aligning.

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Here’s how the race panned out for Isla:

“Beth and I got away on first lap and stayed together for two and a half laps. I kept testing her legs on every climb,  getting out the saddle and pushing on but she stuck like glue! We switched the lead a few times but I didn’t let her get away. Then suddenly on a short steep climb I got a few bikes length advantage, and then went down the rock garden quicker than her so I attacked to get out of sight ASAP.  This was halfway through lap three. Then I just got my head down and kept gaining time.
I felt really comfortable when I was with Beth and I knew I could come strong at the end given a comparison of  our recent lap times. I just waited for a bit, tried to gauge how Beth was feeling and then make my move when the opportunity presented itself. I felt really strong on the climbs and was able to get out the saddle and put the power down every time.”

After breaking her back last year, Isla’s plan was to come back in 2016…but not too early. She had a steady start to the season, as planned, but that’s not always easy for an athlete to deal with. Steady is not what Isla wants to be! However, the pace picked up quickly as she started hitting form, with a brilliant World Cup result in Albsatdt, followed by even better in La Bresse and better again in Lenzerheide – just missing out on a top 10. Last week at the Hadleigh Park International Isla stormed to 9th place in a World-class Elite field, and now finally her hard work and determination sees her atop the podium.

To be honest it’s not really hit me yet! Six months ago I thought I was a long way off winning a National again, and taking the series is such an awesome bonus. I’m in total shock that I keep having good races..like why has nothing gone wrong! I’m feeling great, and what’s better is I know that there is more to come.”

 

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Shlomi’s #Road2Rio

Friday’s Rio 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony got us pretty emotional! 

Twelve years ago the team was a small group of local lads for whom the Olympics was a far off and, quite frankly, a rather unrealistic dream. Over the years that far off dream has got closer, and this year, finally, it will come true! OMX Pro Team will be part of the Olympic Games. 

The mountain bike race is now two weeks away, and today’s World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada, is Shlomi’s last race before he takes to the start line for the biggest race of his life. 

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Here’s a quick look at Shlomi’s latest build up to Rio where he has been training in Canada:

-How long have you been in Canada?

Two and a half weeks 

– Why did you decide to go to Canada for the final phase of your training?

Well, the primary reason is because of the fifth round of the UCI World Cup held in MSA, Canada. Additionally, the timing zone is very close to that in Brazil (1h different).

– Has everything gone to plan or have you had any set backs?

Yes, in generall all went like planned. The only issue I had is two days without training because a health problem. Probably my body has needed this rest. 

– What are your aims for MSA World Cup? How important is the race in your Rio preparations?

Rio is my main focus and the training aim is to build a good form toward this. Of course, this is why I am not sure how will be my performance in MSA World Cup. I am feeling good and can say that in the last two months my shape has been nicely progressing. As always, I will do my best in MSA World Cup! 

– Have your emotions changed much over the last few weeks as the Olympics have got closer? Do you feel more nervous, more excited, is the pressure getting bigger?

To be honest, the Olympics is bigger than anything I did so far. From a young age I have been dreaming about the Olympics and after all those years it became reality. I am enjoying my #road2rio and I am focusing on my daily tasks. At the end of the day I am going to do what I know the best; riding my bike as fast as possible. 

– What are your plans between MSA and Rio? 

Right after the World Cup we will continue to Brazil to get used to the climate, environment, living conditions and experience some Olympic vibes. The track will be open for practice only four days before the race, then I will make sure that I get to know every part of it.


You can watch Shlomi at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup live on Redbull TV at 1920 BST today.

Good luck Shlomi!

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