Urge Cabo Verde
Invitational Race With humanitarian background
My bike season 2011 has started with the adventure "Urge Cabo Verde". This invitational race by Fabien Barel has a humanitarian background.
We were 15 riders and had to do four different race courses on two different islands. The travelling between the islands was challenging and caused some logistical problems with our big bike bags.
We met a lot of inhabitants and visit also a school. However, the highlight was an invitation by the famous singer Cesaria Evora. She was the good mother of our trip and she was happy to hear that we raised a nice amount of money to support three humanitarian projects on "Cabo Verde".
On the racing side it was hard to calculate the risk, because we didn't know the trails. But I liked to adapt the speed to the changing conditions and was lucky to finish all races healthy. I won one run and reach three times the third place. In the overall ranking I finished second behind Nicolas Vouilloz and in front of Fabien Barel.
We riders had a great time together and because of a lot of journeys we also had interesting conversations. Photo- and video shoot was also a part of the event so we can create media output during and after the event.
Finally I am very happy to end the trip healthy and in a friendly atmosphere with all the riders and organizers.
A big 'thank you' to everybody!