RAAW Levelnine Team goes EWS Schottland
Not just for the RAAW Levelnine Team, but also for our Ambassador Jonas Salamon, one of the most exciting events of the year was on the agenda this summer: The EWS in Scotland! Besides the unique challenges of the trails, this EWS has a very special meaning for the team. Therefore, it was no coincidence that the team chose to be accompanied by videographer Jonas to exactly this event. Shortly after, they all told us how exciting the trip was and what hurdles they had to overcome.
What should you definitely have with you in Scotland? What should you definitely not have been without?
Chris: “Looking at the bike, the FIDLOCK TWIST bottles cannot be missing, of course! Thanks to the mechanism, you stay hydrated quickly and easily and never lose the bottle.”
Helen: “Another super clever accessory was the vacuum smartphone mount for the car and our bikes. It doesn’t matter whether you are navigating on the roads or searching for routes in the forest. The mount always allows you to quickly look at your phone while keeping your hands free from the essentials.”
Torben: “For those who, like Helen and me, have trouble getting up in the morning, another insider tip is a good cup of coffee! It lifts your spirits and ensures a good start to the day. After biking, it was always good to have a small snack, preferably sweets, right by the car, because the 45-minute drive from Innerleithen back to the accommodation is hardly bearable with three hungry athletes.”
You as a team are not only united by your passion for biking and racing, but also by your friendship. You are highly motivated to support each other and to achieve your goals together. It must have been a big shock for you when Helen got injured. How did it come about?
Helen: “We shot footage with the drone on a trail with many fast approaches turns for the video project. Anyone who has seen the video knows the spot. The ground was untypically quite dry. Therefore, the gravel curves were quite loose in places. I was a bit too fast in one corner, slipped off with the front wheel and caught the fall with my left outstretched arm. The impact on my arm was so strong that I completely dislocated my elbow.”
Helen, the disappointment and shock must have been huge. How did you deal with not being able to continue riding?
Helen: “Yes, the race was a total dream come true for me. I had been looking forward to this race and the whole trip with the team for so long. Of course, you are frustrated and sad at first. But there was nothing I could do about it anyway, so I tried to concentrate on the positive things and to get fit again as soon as possible.”
How did the team support you in this situation?
Helen: “All three of them were really great, looking after me and standing by me. I’m incredibly grateful for their support. First, they tried to get me into a hospital, which was not easy. The local authorities didn’t really know how to get to me themselves. Finally, I had to walk quite far even to get to the mountain rescue car. All in all, it took me three hours to get to the hospital. I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own.”
Chris: “This lengthy rescue operation kept us all very busy and showed us that it is important to know about the local rescue organisations.”
We believe that right away. But Helen, you are already on the right track and we wish you a speedy recovery! Getting to know you as a team a bit more in the video and getting an insight into your everyday racing life was very fascinating. Where can we find the video now?
Helen: “Thank you. It was definitely an exciting and thrilling journey for all of us.