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Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjå: A solid winter of training

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It's a tough job but one that I love

It's a tough job but one that I love (Image credit: Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjå)
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Training has been key to my winter

Training has been key to my winter (Image credit: Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjå)
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Putting through the effort in training

Putting through the effort in training (Image credit: Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjå)
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Time for some relaxation on the beach

Time for some relaxation on the beach (Image credit: Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjå)

The success of a season of competitions depends on a good autumn and winter. High quality training and continuity is important for both Kenneth and me. A solid winter gives top motivation and self-confidence, and a good basis for top results in the upcoming season.

Norwegian cross country mountain bike racer Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is a favorite on the international mountain bike circuit.  For years, she has delighted loyal fans as she raced her heart out in cross country and marathon events.

She made an impressive comeback in 2008 after a season of illness. In 2008, she won the Madrid, Spain, round of the UCI World Cup and the UCI Marathon World Championships and finished 12th in the World Cup final standings.

Dahle Flesjå then took on the challenge of motherhood in 2009 when she gave birth to her first child in the spring. With the support of her husband Kenneth Flesjå and her family, she returned to competition within a few months after becoming a mother.

Dahle Flesjå was World Champion in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006, plus Olympic champion in 2004. In 2003 to 2006, she dominated the sport, winning the World Cup overall.

Follow her faithfully recounted exploits on Cyclingnews as she balances the roles of mother and elite racer. Or, for more Gunn-Rita, see her personal website:

www.gunnrita.com