Coming back home from Cyprus, I decided to write down some words about my last two weeks spent there. I raced Cyprus Sunshine Cup for the second time – I did it also in 2012, which was an Olympic season as well. Not that I'm repeating any patterns, only searching for better conditions for training. And since I'm not keen of training camps I wanted to trick myself that I'm going there for racing.

And I actually was racing – first Afxentia horse class stage race and a week later C1 cross-country race in Voroklini. After winter months I again experienced everything that racing offers – goose bumps, nervousness and excitement before the start, taste of blood in my mouth (especially after prologue), fight for good position after the start and just before entering single trail, going over limits and relaxing at some point of the race, listening to myself and predicting next step, being at the front and falling far back after few minutes of racing. From being highly motivated to thinking of quitting. But at the end it WAS a training camp with collecting kilometers, technical skills and information of my current state.

Besides I enjoyed my first biking expedition in 2016 very much. I realized how much I already missed racing and meeting people with the passion for mountain biking. Cyprus offered us really good conditions with the warmth of the sun and only few drops of rain. Not only for biking, but also for relaxing by the beach or simply on a deckchair on a terrace.

When I'm feeling good, time simply flies. If only season continues like that. I'm thankful to technical coach and my lonely supporter on Cyprus Urban for being patient with me and doing everything that was planned to do with commitment and smile. I look forward to many more similar journeys with Unior Tools Team this year.

Photos by Urban Ferenčak, Cyprus Sunshine Cup/Ego Promotion and me