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Pamporovo Bike Fest was a successful MTB event rank UCI 1 and ME ambassador Stivian Gatev was on the podium.

Stivi Gatev talks about the past season and preparation for 2018

Oct 252017

The supported by Monster Energy mountain bike downhill racer Stivian Gatev ended the season in the best possible way by winning the national downhill series and taking 1-st place in his last race of the year in Greece.

I have no injuries which is super important in a sport like this

Hi Stivi,  <div>The racing season for you is over. Tell us how the year was for you and are you happy with your results? </div>

I would say this racing season was successful for me. One of my main targets was to defend my title as National Champion and I did it. I also won the downhill series – not by much, but enough. I came first in Romania and Greece, and second in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Very important is that I have no injuries which is super important in a sport like this. I can say I‘m happy with my performance and would like to thank everyone that supported me the whole time.


How will you stay in shape during the winter?

My preparation for next year will be on a higher level. I‘m going to travel much more around Europe. It wouldn’t be easy, but I think this is the way to improve. I will also go to England to train and ride with Robert Smith, Jay Williamson, Will Hart and others.


Is there a calendar ready for 2018 and are you going to take part in comps outside of the Balkans?

I can‘t wait for the official calendar so I can start making plans and booking accommodation. As I said earlier I will try to race in all the European Cups in 2018.