Two wins for Dahle Flesjå on the Azores

Capping off her long-lasting partnership with MERIDA, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå got to celebrate two wins on São Miguel, the largest of the Azores islands. And she did so in her two last international races for the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM.

 

With the 2016 season the 13 year-long and successful journey of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM comes to an end. Wearing the colours of this team Norwegian Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå got to celebrate countless wins and became the most winning cross country athlete in the history of mountain biking. Dahle Flesjå had chosen the third round of UCI’s Mountain Bike Marathon World Series as the last international race riding for this team. This race was held on São Miguel, the largest island of the Azores that are part of Portugal, but that are situated almost 1400 kilometers from the Portuguese mainland and about 4500 kilometers from the East Coast of the United States.

Racing started with a prologue on a fast, but still technically challenging course over a distance of 4.1 kilometers in the town of Ponta Delgada. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå lived up to her status as the clear-cut favourite, being the only woman to cover the course in less than nine minutes, distancing 2nd-placed Polish rider Michalina Ziolkowska by almost 37 seconds. On Sunday the marathon race was being held, and the women had to ride a distance of 76 kilometers. Apart from being rich in variety the course also proved to be selective. And the Norwegian from the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM also had to cope with adverse weather conditions as multiple rain showers occurred throughout the four hours of racing.

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå was unfazed by the weather, covered the entire distance without any mechanical issues and celebrated a superior win in Ponta Delgada. She was the only woman to finish in less than four hours, distancing her closest competitors by over 18 minutes and more. These two wins brought a worthy end to the equally long-lasting and successful partnership of Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå and the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM. As for MERIDA, we wish Gunn-Rita all the best for the future.

Ponta Delgada/POR: UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Series
Prologue, 4.1km, result women:
1. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå, NOR/MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, in 8.46 minutes
2. Michalina Ziolkowska, POL, + 0.37
3. Celina Carpinteiro, POR, + 0.48

Marathon, 76km, result women:
1. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå, NOR/MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, in 3:59.23 hours
2. Michalina Ziolkowska, POL, + 18.25
3. Celina Carpinteiro, POR, + 20.44