Alex Zanardi newsletter 2010-05-16

BUT.. ZANARDI FROM CASTELMAGGIORE! Hi friends, This are just a few lines to tell you my latest adventure. Last Saturday an important race in the European Circuit of Handbike was held at Shenkon, Switzerland, and it has been for me the second...

BUT.. ZANARDI FROM CASTELMAGGIORE!

Hi friends,

This are just a few lines to tell you my latest adventure.

Last Saturday an important race in the European Circuit of Handbike was held at Shenkon, Switzerland, and it has been for me the second occasion to compare myself to the strongest athletes of my category.

I had a first contact last year at the World Championship at Bogogno, Novara, but at that time I was racing on the Evro, an interesting vehicle but, checking the data, not so profitable.

This was my first real chance to evaluate the quality leap that I objectively believe I had done with my new bike, the PZ1.

Well, in Switzerland I would have not found as opponent the American Sanchez, current world champion and Van Dyke, a very strong South African who always shines in important races, was not there either, but I would have measure myself against a first class set of competitors including the Dutch Reekers, third in the world championship at Bogono, the Belgian Decleir and the German Mosandl. This just to mention some, because the race at Schenkon is a "classic" round that always attracts most of the strongest athletes in every category.

Well, I was about to forget that the competition was against the stopwatch only. The very beautiful track stretched around a very picturesque lake and, with some fearful up and downhills and its 21km plus, it actually is an endurance race certainly exhausting.

Just to cut a long story short, I was hoping for a good result, well, I was counting on it since I trained very well in the last weeks. Anyway, when I checked the classification my legs wobbled under me for the emotion. First!

Just 12 advantage seconds on more than 35 minutes of race, but still first!

Things went well and I am really happy and this is the reason I want to thank once more my friend Vittorio Podestà who dragged me into this new adventure and a big, well enormous thank you goes also to Fabrizio Tacchino, who not only has been training Vittorio for many years, but who also accepted the difficult deed to train myself too.

My congratulations go also to Podestà because, when I was finishing my effort under a torrential rain, he, started more than half an hour in front of me, already had the confirmation of his success in a very busy category.

A double victory then that for a couple of friends dreaming more ambitious results, but that for now enjoy themselves waiting for the next adventure.

The next adventure is gonna be in Piacena, next 29/30 Maym for another round of the European Cup. Whoever wants to come to cheer us up is more than welcome.

Waiting for some photographs and a more detailed report, I send you all a big ciaoooo.

-source: alex zanardi

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Series Formula 1 , IndyCar , WTCC
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