The Italian XCO Champion remembers his National Championship win of one year ago. “Courmayeur has one of the most beautiful tracks in Italy. I am not sure if I will be at the start on June 3rd, but I hope so.”
“An amazing day. I won the Italian title and wore the National Champion’s jersey, with my brother Luca in second place: a double triumph, for my family and my team. We couldn’t ask for more. In Aosta Valley we managed to make up for what we couldn’t achieve when the National Championship was held at our home place, in Gorizia, in 2015.” Emotion can be heard in the voice of Daniele Braidot when he speaks of his victory in Courmayeur on June 12th 2016, the one he calls “the most important of my career”.
A few weeks before the Courmayeur MTB Event of June 2nd and 3rd, fifth and final stage of 2017 Internazionali d’Italia Series, the 26-year-old Italian biker spoke of his special feeling with Courmayeur, started way before the triumph at the National Championships. “My brother Luca and I are both very close to the people of Velo Club Courmayeur since we were kids. Racing in the Aosta Valley always has a special taste for us, even though it’s not really close to home for us.”
That’s the main reason why the Braidot twins are still in doubt for the Open race in Courmayeur of June 3rd, though they are hopeful to be able to make it to the start. “The race comes at a tough moment of the season, in the wake of the first two World Cup races of the year,” Daniele explained, “and we need to carefully evaluate whether to take in another lengthy transfer to be at the start in Courmayeur, particularly as both Luca and I are out of the run for the Internazionali d’Italia Series’ GC. I really like the route in Courmayeur, I think it’s one of the most beautiful we have in Italy, and one that really suits my characteristics, so it would be nice to take part to it“.
Courmayeur would give Daniele Braidot the opportunity to end the 2017 Internazionali d’Italia Series on a high, after several up and downs through the previous stages: “The season had started well in Verona with a third place, but then in Milan I badly suffered due to allergy. I had another not so good day in Montichiari, whilst in Nalles I was feeling better. I hope to confirm this feelings in the first two World Cup rounds, but my main goals of the season will be the European Championships in Italy and, of course, to try to go for a repeat at the National Championships”.
The Italian XCO Champion also spent some praising words for the major Italian MTB challenge: “I think the progression Internazionali d’Italia Series have made in the last few years is for everybody to see. The level of participants has grown significantly, as we have seen many of the greatest names in MTB race in Italy this year. And I also think some important steps have been taken in terms of media relevance and coverage. Hopefully they can follow on this trend for the future, and – maybe – even add a stage in my home town, Gorizia; a city race characterized by the ascent to the Castle could provide for some good show.”