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(Saturday, December 31st, 2005)
HAPPY NEW YEAR
There are only a few hours left of 2005 and I’m definitely not the only one who
feels that time flies! It’s nice to think back on pleasant and good memories
from the year that has passed, but I also consider it just as important to see
all the possibilities for the upcoming year.
(Wednesday, December 21, 2005)
And so the festive season is upon us again, and I’m full of expectations! We’ve
decorated our living room here at home and given it a cosy Christmassy
atmosphere, and every evening we light the candles. Even though all the
necessary errands and chores are finished, the true Christmas feeling isn’t
totally present yet, but it doesn’t usually come before Christmas Eve anyway.
(Sunday, December 11)
MANY ACTIVITIES – EFFECTIVE EXERCISE AT HOME
The Christmas season is approaching at a fearsome rate, and I haven’t bought a
single Christmas present yet. We’ve enjoyed some exciting weeks here at home,
with lots of great exercise and activities. I’m looking forward to Christmas
very much, but will most likely prioritize training over Christmas preparations
during these next weeks.
(Sunday, November 20)
GIGANTIC WEDDING CELEBRATION
We've won many a gold medal on our bikes through the last seasons, but the
greatest happening was celebrated with a big wedding feast in Stavanger on the
15th of October. With lots of help from our families, led by Kenneth's older
sister, Hege, we had an unforgettable wedding ceremony and feast. 3 days of
enjoyable wedding celebrations were rounded up with 3 fantastic weeks in Mexico.
Friday 11 november:
Triumphant finale for the Multivan Merida Biking Team
At the UCI mountain bike worldcup’s final round in Fort William, Scotland, the
Multivan Merida Biking Team celebrated a complete triumph with a double victory:
Both Ralph Näf and Gunn-Rita Dahle won their respective races, while Irina
Kalentieva finished third, José Hermida fourth and Nina Göhl fifth. Thanks to
these excellent results, the team also dominated the overall team ranking of the
2005 UCI mountain bike worldcup.
WEEK 39 (Wednesday, September 28, 2005)
EXCITING DAYS IN CHINA
Our week in
China and Beijing has been
action-packed, extremely enjoyable, and very educational. We got to experience
the enthusiasm of Chinese cyclists through the Great Wall Bicycle Festival,
arranged by Nordic Ways;
we got to know our Merida family in China; we got a taste of cultural
history dating back to the old kingdom of the Chinese Czar; and we got to taste
the utterly fantastic Asian cuisine.
WEEK 38 (Tuesday, September 20, 2005)
That just about concludes the season of 2005! And now several weeks of work with
a new focus await us. We’re looking very much forward to some different days
after many months of focusing totally on training and competing just about 24
hours a day. We’re expecting some really busy weeks in the time to come, and we
have many big challenges on our schedule.
WEEK 35 (September 6, 2005).
ANOTHER FANTASTIC GOLD AT THE WORLD
We experienced a terrific day of World
Championships at Livigno on Sunday. I was deeply moved when I received yet
another World Championship gold and heard the Norwegian national anthem being
played way up in the Italian Alps. We managed to win the main event of the year,
and I’m very proud and honoured to be allowed to wear the rainbow jersey for yet
another season. Read more.
„Golden Merida Bike“ on auction
Proceeds for help- and reconciliation project in Vietnam
Olympic Mountainbike Champion Gunn-Rita Dahle and silver medalist Jose Antonio
Hermida from Multivan-Merida Biking Team and the Merida Bike Company support the
„Village of friendship“ in Vietnam. An unique „Golden Merida Bike“ will be
auctioned on Ebay from 2nd to 12th of September.
WEEK 34 – AUGUST 27th, 2005.
We’ve won gold, gained valuable experience, been in
Brazil for the first time, competed on bikes at almost
over sea-level, written a new contract with Merida, and nourished both body and
soul with simply amazing experiences. Our travels with our bikes through the
past two months have given us a lot, demanded a lot from us, and been extremely
Press release: Gunn-Rita Dahle signs up
for six further years with Merida.
- This was the final piece of the
puzzle for us.
Gunn-Rita Dahle and the Multivan Merida Biking
Team have signed a new contract together. The contract covers the next six years,
and comes in two parts. For the coming three years, Gunn-Rita is to work for
Merida as a professional cyclist. For the following three years she will
function as an international ambassador for the large bicycle brand Merida.
Gunn-Rita Dahle is marathon world
At the UCI marathon world
championships in Lillehammer, Norway, Gunn-Rita Dahle successfully defended her
title. On her home turf, the favourite was controlling the race, building up a
margin of 1:43 minutes, which is not much in long distance racing.
Sunday June 26
RACE REPORT FROM
The World Cup race at Mont-Sainte-Anne
in Canada yesterday turned out to be an
experience I won’t forget in a hurry. Everything started out just fine, right
until my legs suddenly went completely and utterly empty of any trace of energy.
The race turned into a fight to simply stay on my bike. I managed to complete
the race as number two behind Canadian Marie Helen Premont, but lost three whole
minutes to the winner on the last lap.
WEEK 25 – 20th of June
SOLID WEEKS OF TRAINING
Two weeks at Boulder has provided us with the
relaxation and rejuvenation we were looking for, in addition to incredibly good
exercise every day. We’ve done gruelling intervals at high altitudes, a lot of
very good technical training, lots of strength training on the bikes, and more
relaxed long distance trips in between. This is a completely necessary
investment in all that’s to come in the next weeks up towards the World
Championships in the beginning of September.
BIKE HOLIDAY AT BOULDER
We’re back again at wonderful Boulder after a
completely amazing start to the season of 2005. My last World Cup win at
Willingen tasted extremely good as always, and ensured a very enjoyable return
trip across “the pond”. Now I have a good two weeks of exercise and relaxation
here at high altitudes in Colorado and we’re really looking forward to the stay.
WEEK 19 AND 20
We’re constantly amazed at all the exciting experiences we have on our travels
together with our bikes. Next to training and competing on the bikes, there are
always countless activities and experiences awaiting us. Some examples would be
friendly get-togethers with sponsors and partners, photo-shoots in completely
new settings, press conferences, enjoyable dinners, and meeting lots of exciting
new people. I look upon it all as experiences for life and invaluable insights.
WEEK 18, 2005:
FANTASTIC VICTORY IN MADRID
The exquisite taste of revenge in the World Cup in Madrid this time was thoroughly enjoyable.
This victory secured me the rainbow jersey for the World Cup again, even though
I have the same number of points as Marie-Helene, who won the first round in
Belgium two weeks ago. It looks like
we might be having many a tough duel before the season is over, and probably
lots of nail-biting suspense. It was a historic day for Norwegian mountain
biking too with two Norwegian girls way up there, as Lene Byberg surprised everyone by getting an
impressive fifth place.
WORLD CUP OPENING: SECOND PLACE
And thus our unbroken series of World Cup
wins was punctured. Still, a second place at the World Cup race opening in Spa
in Belgium this weekend was no
disappointment for Kenneth and me, but many people are wondering what went
wrong, since I didn’t win. Our goal was to be among the three best this Sunday,
and this we managed.
GREAT START TO THE SEASON
They say time flies when one’s having fun. When one’s days are also
action-packed and full of experiences, it’s almost frightening to see how time
just disappears! We’ve already had three weekends in a row of off-road
competitions, and this has provided us both with fantastic experiences, on and
off the bikes. Next weekend we’re taking part in the first World Cup race of the
season, and we’re looking very much forward to it.
The bad spill I took during the Primavera Rosa
World Cup road race last weekend has meant a quiet and physically relaxed Easter
for me. I still have pain in both ankles, and wearing any form of shoes is
difficult. Even so, I’m very luck not to have broken any bones. The bike, on the
other hand, is a total write-off, with a broken fork and wrecked gear and
drop-out at the back.
HOME TO SNOW
We actually ended up having several more cold
days during our exercise-camp on Majorca, but coming home to Stavanger was an
even greater shock to the system. On our first morning back at home we woke up
to 20 cm of snow and a couple of degrees below zero. But when the sun is shining
and the sky is blue, one can’t really complain.
BACK ON MAJORCA
It’s simply terrific being back on Majorca with
the prospect of several wonderful weeks of exercise and preparation ahead of us.
We still remember clearly the 16-day period of preparation we had here before
the Olympics, just before leaving for Athens. The temperature is quite different
here this time, but comfortable and nice for training.
DEAR BIKING FRIENDS,
Time simply flies when it’s
sunny summer outside and one is surrounded by training buddies. I’ve completed
two weeks of exercise on the Canary
Islands, and it’s been wonderful, despite a break due to sickness
that left me lying in bed for four days upon arrival. Now my batteries are fully
recharged again, and I’ve cycled many more kilometres and crossed many more
mountains than I’ve done for a very long time.
MIND-BLOWING SPORTS GALA
Dear cycling friends,
Norwegian Sports Gala was an absolutely fantastic experience for me, in more
ways than one. Both Kenneth and I reacted to the awards we received with mostly
shock and amazement, despite our highly successful cycling season, during which
we won everything there was to win. We were both pleasantly surprised to receive
three wonderful awards at this prestigious gala evening for Norway’s star
athletes. I also found it moving to be part of a huge fund-raising campaign
where thousands showed the true joy of giving.
YEAR – NEW CHALLENGES
Happy New Year, my dear cycling friends!
Many people refer to the beginning of a new year as a fresh
start, something untarnished. I’m thinking of all the New Year’s resolutions
being made, plus the challenges, openings, and new possibilities for improvement
compared to the previous year and the unknown. People meet the New Year in a
variety of ways, ranging from thoughts and ideas, to actual action. A correct
attitude to one’s hopes and wishes for the New Year could decide the outcome of
the next 12 months. Read more.