“Marlene Sunshine Race” on April 6th is her season’s first MTB race
Nals (South Tyrol/Italy), April 1 2008 – All is set in Nals for the 8th edition of the “Marlene Sunshine Race” this coming Sunday, April 6 2008. Over 500 participants from 22 nations have signed up so far (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden.) Organizers expect about 600 athletes leading to a new participant record.
Repeated World Champion, Olympic Champion and World Cup winner Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjå has arrived to Nals from Norway. The triple Marlene Sunshine Race winner will start training on the six kilometer long and selective circuit on Thursday.
“This will be my first MTB race this season, so I’m very anxious. Gunn-Rita had to cut the 2007 season short after battling a severe virus. She is slowly getting into her usual form again. “I feel better each month. I’m not at my top form yet, but I am confident.” Gunn-Rita has spent three weeks in Maser close to Montebelluna to prepare for the upcoming competition. She also partook in a street race in Cittiglio on March 24. “My results were not great but I had a good feeling, and that is key” says Gunn-Rita.
She has low expectations for the race. “I’m excited to be here, hopeful for the weather and looking forward to having some fun” Gunn-Rita adds. It remains to be seen if here usual ambition takes over and if the power in her legs suffices to a fourth gold in Nals.
The Cross-Country World Championship in Sulzberg this June is one of Gunn-Rita’s key events this season. “If all races go well then I will seriously consider participating at the Marathon World Championship in Niederdorf”
Winner and Rankings for 2007
The winner of the 7th edition of the Marlene Sunshine Race was the Olympia Gold, World Champion and World Cup Overall Winner Gunn-Rita Dahle from Norway The Canondale-Vredestein Team dominated the race placing gold, silver and bronze.
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