At the zenith of her career, the Italian downhiller from Trentino points higher at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole (August 25-29). “I have always liked the Black Snake: after the World Cup in Maribor, I feel I can believe.”
Italian Eleonora Farina is ready to face the 2021 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in her home Country and territory, in Val di Sole, Trentino (August 25-29) - at the peak of her career.
The 30-year-old rider from Trentino strikes a blow for the Downhill Elite race: on Sunday, August 29th, on the final day of the World Champs, the best athletes in the world will try and tame the insidious Black Snake, one of the most challenging tracks on the international scene. “I’m fine, both physically and mentally: the home edition of the World Champs arrives in one of the best moments of my career” – explains the Italian rider. – “The feeling with my bike and team is perfect: I’ll have to handle the pressure, but we are working in the right direction”.
On Wednesday, August 18th, Eleonora Farina went on recon on the Black Snake in view of the World Championships. “We haven’t raced in Val di Sole in two years, but the Black Snake is always the same: technical and demanding. I have always liked this track, but it’s difficult to get a perfect run, especially with bad weather. My hopes are for a sunny day”.
“It’s important to stay focused. In addition, it’s necessary to examine the track and to find the fastest lines. It’s important to conserve an offensive approach without overdoing it”.
In recent weeks, the 2017 DH European Champion has been on a streak of very good results in international events. Runner-up both in the European Champs and in the last World Cup round, Eleonora Farina earned a spot among the favorites for the upcoming World Champs. “The recent performances have given me confidence: now, the goal is to win the World title in Val di Sole. The rivals are numerous and talented, like Myriam Nicole, Vali Häll and Tahnée Seagrave, but we’re all very close. Compared to the last years, the gaps are tight, but I’m confident of my chances.”
After the free practice sessions of Thursday 26, Friday 27 and Saturday 28, Downhill’s rainbow jerseys and world medals will be assigned on Sunday, August 29th. The DH program starts with the Junior competitions (men and women) at 9.25 CET, followed by the Elite Women race at 12.50 CET and the Elite Men race at 14.10 CET, the last competition of the Worlds’ program.