Behind the Scenes with Ghost Factory Racing at the Nove Mesto World Cup XC

May 28, 2019
by GHOST Bikes  
World Cup photographer and writer Irmo Keizer is traveling with the GHOST Factory Racing Team and getting a close look behind the scenes like almost no one else. Over the race season, he will share his insights and provides you with the stories behind the race results.


The elite level of racing


January 2018. Whilst training, Anne Terpstra breaks her ankle. The meticulously prepared schedule shattered to pieces as she finds herself battling with recovery and the infection that follows. A year and a bit later, Anne stands tall on the podium in Albstadt with her fifth place. Back with a vengeance.

bigquotesI was able to make a comeback, despite it being a very tough time for me. The team was crucial. These people make me feel good, allow me to be myself and this builds up so much energy.Anne Terpstra

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2019 - Albstadt
Rewind to Albstadt: Anne in 5th place among very strong competition…



The top step

For the second time in a row, the Ghost Factory Team found itself on the podium in Nove Mesto. A bittersweet moment, as Nove Mesto had proved to be a high as well as a low. In the under 23 women’s race, both Marika Tovo and Lisa Pasteiner were doing well, riding within striking distance of the podium. Lisa managed to finish in 6th, a career best. Marika crashed hard, injuring her knee and taking her out for a good chunk of this season.

UCI Mountainbike World Cup Nove Mesto 2019 Photo by Attention Builders
Marika being carried to the ambulance with Andy caring for her.
UCI Mountainbike World Cup Nove Mesto 2019 Photo by Attention Builders
Lisa pushing on after Marika’s crash.


bigquotesAfter Albstadt I was a bit down. I had a super good season start so I knew I was fast and could go good. I was a bit unlucky as mechanicals are never nice. I was proud however, as I kept fighting, really hard. This week I recovered well. It is nice with our team, they support you and the feeling in the team was super good after Anne’s podium in Albstadt. And for Nove Mesto, I love the course. I felt good, might have not had the best start but found myself in a good position. Nove Mesto is… Nove Mesto, I love the feeling, the people, the shouting and them going crazy.Lisa Pasteiner


Race day

As Saturday’s whirlpool of emotions settled into the Czech night, Sunday saw the women’s elite field make their way to the start of the Nove Mesto World Cup. With Barbara Benko, Sina Frei and Anne Terpstra racing. Barbara found herself struggling at the back of the field, unable to work her way up the field. A battle unfit for her shape, but a reality nonetheless. Hoping to improve on her 17th place in Albstadt, she had to settle for 40th. Up front, the battle was tight with both Sina and Anne at the front. Sina’s second elite race landed her on the podium with a 4th place. Anne showed strong performance, with a 7th place in the race and edging closer to an Olympic qualification.

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Off they go!


UCI Mountainbike World Cup Nove Mesto 2019 Photo by Attention Builders
Sina right on Kate Courtney’s heels.
UCI Mountainbike World Cup Nove Mesto 2019 Photo by Attention Builders
Anne pushing hard for another top ten finish

UCI Mountainbike World Cup Nove Mesto 2019 Photo by Attention Builders
Sina’s first Elite podium! We did not have to wait long.


bigquotesIt is so different in the Elite field. It was a super hard race but I am super happy. We’re racing so close together. You have to be smart and clever, not to be out of energy in the final moments of the race. In Nove Mesto, we changed positions a lot. I felt good and now my motivation for the upcoming races is even higher. These tight battles are great.Sina Frei


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Barbara disappointed with her performance


bigquotesI had an off day. What is even more frustrating is that I don’t know why. I felt good, my shape is good. I will do a bloodtest the coming week. It was a bad day, but unfortunately it is part of the game. The team won the ranking again which is really cool. It is so good to see the other girls do so well. Seeing all the guys on the podium is really cool, it is one of the most incredible feelings I ever had. They are working so hard behind the scenes. First in Albstadt and again in Nove Mesto. I was just crying after my race, but still went on the podium with the team and that just felt great. That team support and having my mom and dad and my best friend in Nove Mesto means the world to me. I was riding with Emily Batty and Annie Last in the back of the field. Emily asked me “Barbara what is going on with us?” So it’s not only me who was suffering.Barbara Benko


This is mountain biking

We’ve pretty much seen it all in the past weekends, and the past weeks. There’s been glory, exhilaration and celebration. Tears of joy and tears of sorrow. We find ourselves in a highly competitive scene, yet the atmosphere, comradery and support in the mountain bike scene and the Ghost Factory Racing are truly special. It is a teamspirit which goes well beyond results. It comforts and supports when riders most need it. Uwe, Andy, Sebastian, Anja and Tom, you make this possible.

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Andy pointing out lines during practice
UCI Mountainbike World Cup Nove Mesto 2019 Photo by Attention Builders
Tom and Sebi celebrating another Best Team award.

UCI Mountainbike World Cup Nove Mesto 2019 Photo by Attention Builders
A very proud team enters the podium
UCI Mountainbike World Cup Nove Mesto 2019 Photo by Attention Builders
Emotional support in the highs and lows

UCI Mountainbike World Cup Nove Mesto 2019 Photo by Attention Builders
Champagne!!

Text by Irmo Keizer. Photos by Attention Builders.


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10 Comments

  • + 3
 Ah, that's where Irmo Keizer has been. Always good to see your use of the wide aperture lense. Adds so much to the composition! Reading about those who reach the top step is cool, but stories of camaraderie and perseverance are at least as inspiring. Cool team, great stuff, keep it up!
  • + 2
 Thanks Vinay. It’s not even made up ????. More to come.
  • + 5
 Is it possible to get Sina added to the choices in the Fantasy XC?
  • + 1
 Yes please. She's gonna be getting more appearances on the steps with a comments like that. Plus her bike sizing looks a little off, She must be a smaller rider. The younger riders are really making big changes this year.
  • + 1
 Sina is 4'11" or something like that. Her bike is so tiny.....
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