For the second time David Flaten (24) came all the way from Delaware, USA, to compete in Rye bikefestival. – Everyone I’ve met in Norway is so friendly, and the courses are really good, he says.
How did you end up going to Norway to race?
My great grandparents are Norwegian. I thought it would be fun to experience a race in the country of my ancestors. In 2015 I looked up all UCI-races and found Rye bikefestival. I attended and had pretty good success. I enjoyed the courses a lot – and also the hospitality and friendliness of the Norwegian people. That made me want to go back to race again – so here I am!
Tell us about the first two races in the bikefestival this weekend – are you satisfied with your completion?
I had a hard time at the race yesterday. I’ve had little training this winter, and I had to pay for my lack of training today. But the motivation is there, and I’m determined to work hard and attend races also the next years.
How are the courses in Langsetløkka compared to the courses back home?
I do a lot of my training in Virginia. The nature and the trails there are much like the nature here in Oslo. Most races I attend are in the west of the US, where the trails are dusty and there are less rocks. I prefer trails like the ones in Virginia and here in Langsetløkka.
Do we see you at future Rye bikefestivals?
I will tell everyone about how great it is to race in Norway, and I really hope to come back!