Starting this winter cycling flash New chapter: Friday the thirteenth. Every Friday at 1.13pm you can read an interview with a crossover or loop racer who finished 13th the previous weekend. This varies from young girls to elite guys, from C2 Cross to World Cup. What’s the story? This week number 13 in Koppenbergcross: Gilles Mottiez.
Koppenbergcross presented the scene again last Tuesday. Lars van der Haar was allowed to take the cobblestone home after a brilliant replay on the final climb, leaving Eli Iserbet and Michael Fanthornhout orphans. Ten times behind, Jill Moties crossed the line in thirteenth. Not only did the Swiss do it, they did it with a wheelie. The audience loved it, and Moties’ smile was huge.
“This was my first time riding a Koppenberg Cross. I really enjoyed it a lot, the atmosphere was very special with all the fans. The cross itself went well, although I had some bad luck in the end. I was fighting for the top 10 but I I had a problem with my chain” cycling flash. Unfortunately, the player of the Swiss team had time to sell some offers. “I didn’t have anyone in front or behind me, so I thought I was doing a wheelie. It wasn’t easy on the cobblestones, but it worked out really well. The crowd started chanting loudly, which made me feel special. So cool!”
Moties, 25, is no ordinary driver. He said he only started taking cyclo-cross seriously at a very late age. “About ten years ago I rode cyclo-cross for the first time, at that time I was mainly active in mountain biking. Three years ago I finished my studies and suddenly got a place in Team Switzerland. From that moment on, things went really fast.”
The mountain bike is still in Mottiez’s house, but the aero bike takes priority. “I really like it a lot. However, mountain biking is more popular in Switzerland, where you can also earn the most money. It is very difficult to be a cyclist in Switzerland. Now there are more and more matches and the national team helps us to Development “. Besides training sessions with the national team, Motis mainly trains with Team Legendre riders. There he rides a bicycle with fellow countryman Timon Roig.
Mottiez, 25, is currently based in Belgium with Rüegg and a number of his teammates, where they complete several three-week cyclocross races. “We live in a small village around Ninove. We do some crosses here. I would like to know more about the courses that suit me less, especially the faster ones. The tougher cyclocross races like the ones in Koppenberg or the ones in Namen and Gavere suit me better. We Only in Switzerland, those tough matches.”
“I still have a lot to learn, I’m completely new to the sport. That’s cute too, I’m curious to see what’s coming my way.” On the other hand, the future of the Swiss is also uncertain. “It is not possible for me to live on cyclo-cross. Other Swiss like Timon (Rüegg, ed.) and Kevin (Kuhn, ed.) may be able to do it, but I can’t at the moment. Life in Switzerland is really expensive. I work On that and it’s a goal that I can make a living out of this sport, but it’s very difficult. I have to put a lot of things aside.”
The atmosphere is clearly changing when it comes to this topic. Mutiz, who spoke to us with so much fun and bright eyes, suddenly became more humble. “It’s not easy to be honest. I also work for thirty percent as an engineer, otherwise I can’t make ends meet. I’m lucky to have a flexible boss who also loves cycling.”
What Moties is focusing on this season is the World Cyclocross Championships in Hogerheide. However, it is not yet certain whether he will be able to start from there. “I should be in the Swiss selection. Normally we have four or five passengers who can go, but they don’t always take that many. I really hope to be able to keep taking the steps to be there at the end. That would be great!”
Good luck this weekend, gentlemen and knights. Let the best win. And remember: thirteen is not always an unlucky number!