Recently Rideforcharlie supported 3 teams of young cyclists, helping them to compete in European Youth MTB Championships In Pila, Italy. Well done to all of them riding for Charlie.
The European Youth MTB Championships 2018 was a fantastic opportunity to race in a field of International racers and to compete as a team for Ride For Charlie. As first year Youths, our main goals were to gain experience, improve as riders and, most importantly, enjoy the week of racing. Having never previously raced abroad, the event really helped take our racing up a level. In some of the races, we were on the start line with up to 190 other riders, a big jump up from the 40 or so at British level.
The course was amazing, like nothing we had ever raced in the UK. Not only were the hard climbs and technical descents great fun to ride, they also really pushed our abilities as riders. To make the racing even tougher, we had to cope with the altitude alongside some pretty high temperatures, something that we don’t experience regularly at home.
The event was a great opportunity to meet new people, ride with our friends and get out on our bikes, something that we all love doing. We enjoyed every minute of the trip and, even though we finished exhausted, we knew that we had given it our all, with Charlie in our minds and smiles on our faces.