On Wednesday 26th Sept, I waited nervously for updates on Whatsapp from those members of Club Ciclos Teto – Peña Rocio Gamonal (based here in Pola de Siero, Asturias) who were in Andorra watching Rocio Gamonal take part in the Women’s Masters MTB World Championship.
Rocio got off to a flyer and soon pulled away but I didn’t build my hopes up too high as anything can happen in cycling; such as when her bike broke in the Ciclocross world championships earlier in the year, when she was doing so well.
It was a nerve racking 1 hour and 18 minutes but finally the wait was over and Rocio – wearing the team colours of Ciclos Teto – crossed the line, becoming World champion for a second time.
I was so delighted for Rocio and for Ciclos Teto. Rocio has to fit her training in around her daily work schedule and to be honest I don’t know how she does it. However, Ciclos Teto and the members of the Club/Peña give Rocio all the mechanical and moral support she could possibly ask for. The fact she has to work full time makes her victory even more special as, despite her lack of quality training time, she still managed to put in an awesome performance, beating her closest rival by over 6 minutes.
Well done Rocio! You’re a true champion and I’m so happy for you.
Rocio is also a World champion in the Team Relay and earlier this year became Spanish Ciclocross Champion (which she has won on numerous occasions)
Team: Ciclos Teto – Peña Rocío Gamonal
Photos by Francesc Lladó
Team Ciclos Teto – Peña Rocio Gamonal
On Sunday 17th I took part in the First Edition of the Marcha Cicloturista Memorial Pedro Llorente. I usually ride for Nava2000 but on this occasion I rode with club Ciclos Teto – Peña Rocio Gamonal, which I am also a member of. We were nine in total and Rocio also took part – although as she’s a World Champion and Spanish champion at MTB and Ciclocross, it will come as no surprise that I only saw her back, very briefly at the start.
There were just over 200 riders and the level of athlete was quite high (compared to me) so I knew I would have my work cut out to avoid the Broom wagon – Fortunately I managed to stay just ahead of it. The route was quite tough, covering 113kms and climbing around 2000m in total. This included many lumpy-bumpy bits plus the Vuelta climbs of La Torneria and El Torno.
Despite being quite a tough route I really enjoyed it and the atmosphere was great. We started and finished in Balmori, a quiet village not too far from Llanes. Fortunately the rain held off but the peaks of La Torneria and El Torno were blanked in thick fog so the best views were denied us. However, riding through the fog has its own attractions and at times it was very atmospheric.
4 hours 57 minutes after starting and after another 146 riders had already crossed the line I finally finished. Rocio won a trophy for 1st placed female rider and Ciclos Teto won a prize for the club with the most participants. It’s a shame they didn’t have a trophy for the best placed international rider as I think I was the only one, and it would and will always be the only way I will ever win anything.
It was a great day out and really good riding with the guys and gals from Ciclos Teto – Peña Rocio Gamonal.
For more information about the event visit their website here: http://www.memorialpedrollorente.es/
Here are a few pics the profile and the Route:
Today I took my daughter to watch the women’s elite Campeonato de España de Ciclocross 2015 (Spanish Cyclocross Championship) in Gijon. We were there to support Rocio Gamonal, who recently came a fantastic 8th in the European Women’s Elite Cyclocross Championships in Lorsch, Germany.
We met up with some other fans of Rocio and other member of the cycling club Ciclos Teto – Peña Rocio Gamonal and waited nervously for the race to start.
Rocio also seemed nervous at the start and got left behind a little but flew by everyone by about turn two, and by the time she came past us she had already opened a 10 second lead. She was really flying and the gap grew considerably lap by lap. It turned out to be an exhibition ride as she won by over a minute and once again donned the Spanish Champions jersey. Despite her dominance you could see how relieved she was and seemed really happy with the victory. My daughter was also very happy and loved running around the track cheering Rocio on, and it was great being there to see her win.
We managed to catch up with her after the race and congratulate her but had to leave before the medal ceremony. All in all it was a fantastic event and a great result. I’m also hoping that my daughter may have been inspired by Rocio and the other riders and want to start riding more. 🙂
Well Done Rocio! You’re a true champion!
Here are some photos of Rocio riding to victory: