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29 Aug 2018

“I can be a hard contender”

Norwegian Hildegunn Gjertrud Hovdenak (VPG) was the winner of Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018, and runner-up of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2018 and GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017. She’s in very good shape for this new edition.



I’m really looking forward to race in GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano again, hopefully I can do just a bit better than last year.

How do you consider La Cerdanya as a mountain biking destination

I loved the trails there… and the mountains are so nice. Also the calm atmosphere and the nice and friendly people of Catalonia. It’s a good place to be, both for training and racing I think. Right now, I’m in the shape of my life, so I’ll hopefully have even more fun than last year. 

Your contenders are strong, especially ‘local’ and current champion Clàudia Galicia

If I don’t have any problems with the bike and can keep healthy, I should be a hard contestant for everyone. I think there will for sure be a good duel between Clàudia and me, and hopefully a lot of other girls.

What do you value most of GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano…

I think that it’s very nice and the logistics are quite easy. We don’t move a lot by car, between the different stages, although they are very different. For me, the closeness to the nature makes the race so good. It’s in a quite rural area, which I appreciate a lot.




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