Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Linda Indergand finishes with a podium spot against a strong start list at the Ötztal Mountain Bike Festival in Haiming, Austria.
At the Ötztal Mountain Bike Festival, athletes from over 15 nations compete in individual categories for rankings and UCI points. Linda Indergand of the Liv Factory Racing team secured a third-place finish in the UCI Elite Women XCO against a strong field of competitors. The Haiming race is an HC event, the highest ranking below World Cup; it is one of the last chances for early season race practice before the start of the World Cup season.
Linda Indergand finished the course just 1:06 minutes behind the leader aboard her Pique Advanced Pro 29 0. "I had a good start, around 7th or 8th place in position for the first singletrack section. I kept some space between myself and the rider in front of me because I knew that there would be some trouble and difficulty on this rooty uphill section."
Indergand recaps excitingly - "I then found myself in 3rd place after the start lap, and from here, I just tried to race my own race and keep a sustainable pace. I kept Jolanda (2nd) in sight for most of the race. With only two laps to go, Mona caught me from behind, but I worked really hard to stay in front of her."