It was absolutely fantastic to become XC World Champion once again, and way round on the other side of the world this time. Even though there were only a few Norwegians lining the tracks, all the spectators were wonderful here in Kiwi-land. This was my best and most incredible race-day in the whole season of 2006.
There are many different thoughts and feelings tumbling around inside my mind and body as I sit here in my hotel room. It's only a few hours since I crossed the finish line as a new World Champion, and it's going to take many days before it really sinks in. This year we have taken two gold medals out of the two available. It's amazing to once again have hit the bull's-eye on the most important day of the whole season.
Lene Byberg took a respectable 12th place, thus demonstrating that she belongs in the world elite, also at large championships. This was her best World Championship result ever, and she can look back on an impressive 2006 season. Lene has definitely taken a large step further with what she's achieved this year.
The preparations down here have been optimal for both of us. The Norwegian group has been small but rock-solid. We've had lots of fun together, which is important when waiting for the most important happening of the whole season.
See the entire Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa diary here.