Vitosha Race Vlog Stars MTB rider Adam Leng
The Vitosha 100km race is the most popular in Bulgaria by far this year there were over 1200 riders starting off at 6am from Boyana residence . 2 water bottles filled up and energy gels in the back pocket I began the short ride to the start line.
I managed to get a good position right at the front and as we set off the pace was great all the top racers were present and I know I’d have to do well for a good position today. The course itself is not so difficult it’s just never ending: D . However I felt really good in the 1st part of the race which involves riding through Boyana then into the forest on a lovely flowing single track I took a position just behind the 1st group in around 15th position.
After this you come to the road and around a 10km ride on tarmac, which I don’t mind but you can see some guys struggling and quickly fall behind. There is a small group of 4 of us who keep swapping taking turns in the front every 2-3 minutes to conserve energy. The halfway stage seems to come really quickly and I come to halfway (48km) in 02
hours 04 minutes. I still feel good and start to push on
Chasing the guy in front of me who was really quick at descending I push a little hard not think I fell my rear tire going down I thought ohh no, quickly got off to check it and it went down 90%, I put my co2 can over it to pump it up and went up for around a minute and flat again in the mean while guys were flying past me, unbelievably o n the next corner was a Drag service centre where we check the tire found no hole pumped it up all was fine so off I went in the next 10-15 minutes I caught all the guys who had passed me and got behind Lachezar from RAM bikes who from there we had a good battle for the last 15km and he beat me into 10th by 0.6 seconds on the sprint to the line .
So I came in 11th position from 1157 people more than happy. Bring on the next race