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FROM THREE TO FOUR WHEELS.... Where should I start from? Well, certainly I should begin by dusting a bit off some of the old news.. I hadn't updated you since the Spanish race last Spring but in reality a lot had happened since ...

FROM THREE TO FOUR WHEELS....

Where should I start from?

Well, certainly I should begin by dusting a bit off some of the old news..

I hadn't updated you since the Spanish race last Spring but in reality a lot had happened since then.

Obviously I spent my time getting ready for the handbike world championship that was held last August in Canada and I have to confess that I was convinced I could have had some chances for a medal.

Unfortuntely, my inexperience playing its part, I fell in the error of exaggerating with training. At the end of May-beginning of June I was in great shape and with a manner motor-racing-like (I mean: the more I lap the more I learn), I kept on insisting on my body without breaks with hard training, convinced I could build on what I already achieved.

I understood that things do not work this way when the engine is made by your muscles and in Canada I paid for this error.

Just for the record, I harvested a fifth place in the time trial race while, in the street race, whereby I was hoping for something good, I finished having nothing to show with a sixth place.

The circuit was really tough. I mean, it was the same for everybody, but I thought I could make the difference on those uphills at the limit of the regulations due to my very good weight to power ratio. The weight was OK but I was missing on power and at the beginning of the fourth (out of five) lap I understood that I was running out of steam.

Unfailingly, my forecasts turned out to be true. When we arrived on the longest uphill I pushed to place myself on top in such a way to keep the rhythm afterwards. Unfortunately (for me), at halfway through that very long kilometer, the strongest bikers augmented their pace and literally left me on my spot.

It was quite depressing to write that defeat down, even if, as I said, I saw that coming in advance.

Nevertheless, it was a very formative experience, I brought home some points good for the paralympic qualification and at the moment I am 5th in the world ranking. The world is still spinning, therefore I am equipping myself to keep its pace.

Saturday 2 October I will be racing in Treviso the street round of the Italian Championship that was cancelled due to rain. This is going to be a good test for the training I am doing, different from my habits of some time ago, we will see.

After this, I will run the Venice Marathon on 24 October, then two weeks later I will be in New York and I will end my season in Florence next 28 November.

Leaping from one argument to another, I salute you with two things, the second of which makes me particularly proud.

Both have the friends of Chiesa Corse as protagonists, they are the guys preparing Karts chassis with my name. A few weeks ago they organized a day on track at Lonato whereby I had the chance to challenge my friend Lewis Hamilton.

Obviously he won, but it was good fun to be behind the wheel again and I have to say that it was not that difficult to rust myself off. We had fun even if it was a short occasion as he had to run away due to other commitments and I had to run to Bologna to celebrate my grandmother that turned 100!

In this respect, I have to say that, if I am similar to her, I still am a "kid" and I still have a long career ahead of me. I can focus on London 2012 Olympic Games and then go back to motor-racing opening a second career.

Jokes apart, the second news I'd like to talk about is about the victory obtained by "our" biker Nyck De Vries.

At Zuera, in Spain, our Champion won the World Title in the KF2 category and, as Dino Chiesa says, this year a "Zanardi" won a race!

To Nyck and Chiesa Corse I send my best compliments, I thank them and I add a big "good luck" wish for the final race of the World Cup KF1 that sees them not only in the fight but also favourite as they are currently on top of the classification.

I end this by greeting Marco, who thinks it was not by chance that he met me on hills last Sunday; well I have to say that I did not take by chance the letter you left me on the "back and forth" therefore I decided it was time to tell you something...

See you next time, ciaoooo

-source: alex zanardi

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Series Formula 1 , IndyCar , WTCC
Drivers Alex Zanardi , Lewis Hamilton