Bistritz XCO 2017

24 Oct

Or what was a race that was fun and I’ve enjoyed, all right, with a small exception.

This was the second edition of the Bistritz XCO. Last year was nice so I said to try again maybe it will be at least the same. Arrived there only on the race day with Ionut and Stefan, as Cluj is only about 130 km away from Bistrita.

Had a late breakfast and prepared for the course check. It was 90% different from last year but I saw an improvement close to proper course. Indeed there were too many, too tight and too narrow offcamber turns but overall it was nice.

After a fast start I saw myself first but I soon realized that if I will keep that rhythm my batteries won’t last too much so I’ve slowed down the pace and tried to do my race. After the first race I’ve saw what I can do so I kept it that way.

Pushing on the loose descends cost me seconds every lap as I was going like I had nothing to lose. At the middle of 3rd lap I’ve lapped the guy with the race plate 41 and asked him nicely to let me pass him as the trail was pretty narrow. Even though it was a marshal there he started to curse, swear and tell me to stop because he want to teach me a lesson.

I was second but in the last lap, on the last climb I’ve lost this position after an attack and even if I risked a  bit on the descend I’ve finished 3rd, 3 or 4 seconds behind Florin Moldovan.

I’m glad with the race I’ve made, it’s a pity that I had a better result but it’s a good start for the next season preparation. It’s sad that the guy that didn’t wasn’t quite fair play with me (and a lot others from what I’ve heard) didn’t even apologized after the race even if a lot of people told him that what he did was wrong and the organizers didn’t DSQ him for that. We still don’t have a sportive culture well developed but I wanna think that we are on the right way. Fingers crossed.

I think that I will race again on December 2nd, here in Cluj at a CX race just to see how it is and maybe if I will enjoy it enough I might try it again.

Many thanks, again, to my family and sponsors for their support, but also to Ionut for driving me at Bistrita.

Keep on rigind. Cheers,



3 Responses to “Bistritz XCO 2017”

  1. Pop Ionut October 24, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    Let me introduce myself first.The guy with the nr 41 is me Pop Ionut.So no matter what you are saying you are not right.You yelled like crazy even if you knew it was a very narrow place and very difficult and i had nowhere to go and of course i had no space to go.Yes i curse because of your poor attitude of a sportman.If u indeed u preaent yourself a fairplay sportman in the first place you have not yelled at me to stop and let you go.A true and fairplay sportman don’t speak during the competition..if you are better than me of push the pedall like crazy and one has to listen to you only because you have a 15 years old experiencexperience in xco.I hope you learn from this lesson and yes this was the reality of what happened.Second if you write reports at least tell the whole truth..not only what put you in a better position.People you was not there and did not saw the incident may think something else and be on your side.You should be grateful for your position instead of making such a poor attitude after the race.I am correctimg you i had no incidents with other competitors.The first raiders who gave me a lap(and to make a remark i had to make pushbike because my lowest gear was broken so thats why i lost a lot of time) did not say anything to make place..they were true sportmen.You make me laugh i have nothing to apologize because i knew i was mistaken only with the curses and this happened because a fucked up guy outside the competition who was there and put his hand on my back and coming on the track which is only allowed only for riders and started to follow me and threaten me.Ofcourse i was very nervous and cursing left and right because of this incident with this crazy guy.I am laughing again that you think the organizers should have dsq me for that i curse because of that guy.That was all i wanted to give the audience the reality not only what you said.In conclusion do not tell me what i am if you do not know me and this is available with all riders you will have to deal 😉

    • vlad October 24, 2017 at 10:19 am #

      If I wasn’t right, I wasn’t gonna approve your comment. But as I said, you don’t have any kind of fair play. So keep calm and learn how to behave. The marshal and the people that saw the incident can confirm that I am 100%.

      • Pop Ionut October 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

        So the guy who put his hand on my back and entered the track is the marshal? Well i tell you that you are not right thats why i don’t apologize because i could not stop only because you say so.If u are better you stop talking and push the pedall like other riders.We will meet in the next competitions stay calm and i will see you when i will come with my new bike with no problems and i will see your 15 years of experience vs my half year experience in xco.But as i am coming in your field ii am waiting in my field to attend in one olympic triathlon to see you after the competition if you lost because someone did not let you go by.

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