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. 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. 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. 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.Text by Irmo Keizer. Photos by Attention Builders.