“It’s a dream come true to be at the Games”

R.F.E.C. · Mountain Bike · 19/07/2021

The talented biker from Madrid, Roco del Alba Garca, faces her first Olympic Games in Tokyo, an appointment to which she arrives full of enthusiasm after exhaustive preparation and the confidence that the sensational previous work done in recent years gives her in the face of the Olympic test. by XCO.

Question: How was your preparation for the Olympic Games?
Answer: After the Olympic Games were postponed last year and we already knew that they were going to be held in 2021, we began to change some questions related to preparation and we began to work with Manuel Mateo. We have made modifications in the workouts, in how we work in the gym, so the preparation has gone super well. We have worked a lot at altitude too, we have done good races, so we have almost all the work done already.

Q: What does it mean for you to play the Olympic Games?
R: For me it is a dream come true to be at the Olympic Games. Since I saw the London 2012 race I knew that I wanted to be there, competing in the Mountain Bike event of the Olympic Games, and now my dream is going to come true. I have worked very hard and I am really looking forward to competing in Tokyo.

Q: Taking into account that a few years ago you were about to leave your bicycle, did you imagine that you were going to turn that situation around and achieve everything you are achieving in your career, including participating in the Olympic Games?
R: I had a moment when I was about to leave the bike and, honestly, crossing the road with Carlos Coloma was what kept me on the bike. I didn’t expect to be where I am at all, and if it weren’t for him, I probably wouldn’t have achieved everything I have achieved.

Q: You mention Carlos Coloma, who was a medalist in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and is currently the manager of your team. What advice does he give you to face the Tokyo race?
R: Carlos always tells me that the Olympic Games are going to be enjoyed, but that you don’t always have that opportunity. So even though it’s going to be my first Olympics, I shouldn’t just think about seeing how it works and enjoying the experience. You have to have the desire and the ambition to represent the country in the best way, you have to go out with everything, to win and then it is the race that puts me in my place. I am aware that it is very difficult for me, that there are girls who are stronger than me and who tend to be in front, but I am going to try.

Q: When do you think on the day of the competition what feelings are inside of you? Nerves, excitement?
R: I think having those nerves in their proper measure is good because it means that you want to be there and do well. When I think of the Olympic Games, many things go through my head: ambition, desire, nerves, concentration. Calmly also so they don’t play tricks on me and really looking forward to the Olympic event.

Q: You already know the circuit, since you were competing in the pre-Olympic. What did you think of the layout of the Olympic Games?
R: It will be almost two years since we have been recognizing the circuit, which is not like any of the ones we have done so far. It is a very explosive circuit with slides with a lot of slope both up and down, so it is very hard and also very technical, with many areas of rock, jumps … It is a tough and technical circuit, but I think it is beneficial. for my conditions.

Q: What conditions or factors do you think should be in place for you to have a great career?
R: What I most wish is that acclimatization to the schedule and the climate there, with a lot of heat and humidity, does not play a trick on me. We will run at 3 in the afternoon and it is key that the body is well, that it resists that heat and humidity, and I hope to make a good start, that it does not condition me, and that I have a great day.

Q: Do you think there will be many differences between this race at the Olympic Games and the ones you play in the World Cup?
R: In the end it is very different because only 38 cyclists leave, the best of each country go and some of these nations will not be able to carry all their high-level runners. It’s going to be a very limited grid, with few participants, and that opens up the race a bit.

Q: How is Roco Garcia going to turn out on race day?
R: I am going to go to the top, to give my best and trying to represent my country in the best way and to bring out all the work to shine.


Source: Es Ciclismo .com by www.esciclismo.com.

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