“For me, this was a perfect weekend. I won the Saturday race in the 17+ category, but Sunday’s race was the main event. It really was a good race, the results were also great - same podium as on our national BMX champs. Race in Ljubljana is smaller than some around Europe, but sometimes it’s harder to win this kind of race. It feels great, a superb victory and a good practice ahead of the world championships in three weeks' time,” said Furlan after the race. Mattia was a main favorite for this race, he knows the track well and is now top Italian rider - 18th on the UCI rankings and first reserve for the Tokyo BMX race (Italy only had one spot).
Wave of young domestic riders has made a strong stand in all junior categories and has shown how fast the scene is developing. C1 victory for Slovenian went to Tim Rovtar (15-16 years), Val Lampič (13-14 years) & Rok Bajc (Cruiser). Others - Jošt Ložar & Mak Breznik Falk for example, both already podium finishers on the European cup - had to settle with victories in motos and awareness that they will be in the advantage in their age group in the following season. Strong field from 7 European countries made racing good and intense, perfect for further development of the racing scene.
Racing weekend in Ljubljana was almost perfect - not even the short storm couldn’t spoil the atmosphere. Mattia Furlan of course left Ljubljana with the biggest smile on his face, he likes racing here and was successful in the past as well. “I appreciate the work of the organizers, I feel welcome here. Of course I also went down to the city for lunch and dinner, this is also part of the reason why I like coming back here.”
Main sponsor of the race is the City of Ljubljana, other main partners are Zavarovalnica Triglav, Unior, Sinter Brakes, Factory Store, mtb.si and Slovenian Cycling Federation.