Congratulations on your first Mountain bike Sprint race. You are amazing.
Good for you for having the courage to race on a mountain bike! And congrats on the win!
I just love the freedom mountain biking gives me and I particularly love the single trails, the technicality of it, not necessarily the great speed, but fast enough for my age class as most women don't ride very fast anymore. So it's perfect for me.
If you happen to have "strava", I posted some pictures there. Still don't know how to do it on AP.
You did really great! Bravo! I can not believe they didn't give you a prize. How stupid is that. Why have the WMOC if it doesn't count when there is less than 10 riders. At least you know you won, but kind of sad to not get recognised! I am proud of you in any case!!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Sieg, gut gemacht und dabei auch noch Spass gehabt.
Unverständlich, dass diese Leistung nicht preiswürdig sein soll.
Am 6. August helfen wir beim "Hallo Velo" in und um Bern am Bike-O Posten mit, bist du dann schon zurück ? Grüessli us Küttigen
Yes, it was really disappointing. And I talked to some of the others in the age group, 4 of them (at least) are 69 years old, and for them being ranked with 60year olds is outrageous. And we paid a lot of money to enter (over 50Euro/race (some or a lot of which they have to pay to IOF). But still, it seems stingy that we have our own result list which is good, but will not get a medal like the others nor a goodie bag. But most of all it is for the recognition of the effort.
And... if they really want to encourage the women and especially more mountain bike Oers to participate, they should not discourage participants in such a shameful way.
And... because it was so expensive, lots of French women over 60 and 65 did not sign-up as there is a 6-day VTT-O event parallel that is a lot cheaper!! In the previous events I participated in France, there were usually 20-30 women in my age group (I would need to check again for accuracy whether it was in the W55, 60 and/or 65) that were competing, but it seemed there were lots.
Beatrice, sei meravigliosa. Se ci fossi stato io in Francia alla competizione, ti avrei dato un bel premio.
Unfortunately there does seem to be a big drop in numbers of women MTB riders past age 60 but if you don't know beforehand whether your category is going to qualify for a prize, well that just sucks. I did notice one rider listed in a M35 result, which is kind of weird given it's not a recognised category in any form of MTBO, let alone Masters. Congrats on your first foray into sprint though and the win. Hopefully you stick at it. Wish I was there :-(
Great job Beatrice! Very cool to see! And bummer about the prizes. Seems absolutely ridiculous. What did they possibly think they would gain out of making such a decision??