Gold for Canyon Young Hero Eva Maria Palm – Belgian champion in individual pursuit

What a day for Canyon Young Hero Eva Maria! The 15 year old young Belgian scooped 3 national championships in Gent on her Canyon V-Drome in her age group.
Gold in the 2000 meter individual pursuit, silver in the scratch race and bronze in the points race.
We congratulate Eva on this outstanding performance and wish Eva Maria all the best for the new season and are really looking forward to supporting her in her second season as a Canyon Young Hero. Here’s to an exciting and successful year!

Belgische Landesmeisterin Eva Maria Palm

Here is Eva’s own race report 11.02.2013

“As I had the best time over 2000 meters all winter it was my main aim to become Belgian champion over this distance! I combine cyclocross – that is very popular in Belgium – with the track in winter. This year doing both went quite well, but next year I don’t think that will be possible and I’ll have to choose between one of the two disciplines.
At the end of December 2012 I finished second at the Belgian championships in the omnium. I was very disappointed that I lost due to a poor decision by the race referee…”
Two weeks later I finished third in the Belgian cyclocross championships. I was again disappointed because I crashed on the first lap because of one of the elite lady riders (in Belgium the elite women start 30 seconds ahead of the female juniors. However many young riders are better than the elite women, resulting in them being caught, which then causes chaos!). I finished as the first U-17 rider, however this is irrelevant since U-17 and U-19 women are together in one category.

One week later, despite considerable back and knee pain, I took part in the Belgian track championships in various sprint competitions. I only started in these events to get valuable experience as the sprint is one of my main weaknesses.

I only had one thing on my mind. I just had to win…
This weekend everything just had to go right. On Saturday it was the scratch race. The race went well, but as always, I took up a poor position and was only able to make up some ground with a long drawn out sprint. However it was not quite enough and I had to be content with second place. Sunday was my big day and I had just one thing on my mind. I had to win. I have already had to endure so many disappointments. Second place in the road race championship, second place in the MTB race, third place in the cyclocross, and second place in the ominium!

Auf los gehts los: Startschuss für Eva Maria auf ihrem Canyon V-Drome

I knew that I had it in me to take the victory therefore I rolled up to the start and gave absolutely everything I had! As I was the last rider to start I only had to concentrate on my own time and knew at once that I had won it. My time of 2:39,681 wasn’t exactly what I had been aiming for as I had already ridden a faster time than that with a time of 2:38,510. I won with a gap of around 2 seconds and was finally able to feel happy! After all those podium places I was mega pleased about finally landing a gold medal even though if I’m really honest I’d have preferred to have won the cyclocross or MTB titles. However that is something for me to win next time! In the afternoon I did take third place in the points race.

Eva Maria Palm auf  dem Weg zu Gold

Now the winter season is over and I can now start preparing for the summer season. Hopefully the 2013 season will be as informative as last season was. 2012 certainly wouldn’t have been so great if I had not had so much support from Canyon! The track and time-trialling wouldn’t even have been possible! Getting the place on the Canyon Young Heroes team has given me a lot of motivation and I hope that will stay that way!
Thank you!

Greetings from Eva

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