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Noel Martn returns as a tandem pilot with Chrisitan Venge

Cofidis

EsCiclismo.com · Road Competition · 02/22/2021

Noel Martn, a cyclist from Avila living in Valladolid, has just started a new stage in his sporting life. He has not changed modality, he continues to combine road and adapted cycling, but he is a partner in the tandem, with Chrisitan Venge being his new partner.

The new association opens up a new world since it is necessary to look for the perfect symbiosis to seek goals that “are ambitious” and that with “hard work” they believe can be achieved. This year Martn will try with his new partner, the Valencian runner Christian Venge, with whom he has already started training to seek that “special” relationship that will take them, if all goes well, until the selection and there fight to be in the Games. from Tokyo, goal that this new couple has set.

Christian and Noel have known each other since 2015, the last year of the first with David Llaurad, with whom he climbed to the top of the podium in the Paralympic games and was world champion, “marking a time” as Noel says, for what it is ” a real pride that he thought of me for his return to the competition “.

Christian left him at the end of that year, after a hard injury and many years at the highest level, but he was left with a thorn that he now wants to remove. “Age is not a problem, since in tandem, there is not as much wear every year as in a normal season, and the visually impaired tend to be very long-lived”, and the proof of this is that “except one, all rivals we have had in the last few years, they are in their 40s … and they still walk a lot. “

As a cycling coach, he is aware that age influences, “but physical preparation has improved a lot in recent years, and we all know examples of people who are stronger at 40 than at 20. They also have a lot of experience, know how to sacrifice and He has returned with the illusion of a youth, since he is nailing the training that I give him. “

In this way, Noel has regained that illusion after the hard blow at the end of 2020 when his former partner Adolfo told him that he did not want to continue. “Christian wrote to me very surprised because he didn’t understand him, like everyone else. And from then on we started talking, he sent me his data and I thought I could continue to be competitive.”

Now they only have to acquire the necessary equipment to compete, since they have a borrowed tandem but “it is very old and we are not comfortable, but for the track there is no margin so we go without pressure. For road if we are deciding which one to buy, which is where we may have more options. “

Their sights are ambitious, since 2021 is the year of Games, and they know they will have a difficult time but “luckily, the places in cycling are not nominal. And if this year we show that we have medal options and that we arrive better prepared than others, I think we can dream of being there. Of course, there are months of hard work, sacrifice and continuing with this illusion that we have, but people who know him have told me that he is a real cyclist, so I am convinced of it ” .

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