“You defeated South Africa Malene” - Grandma’s first text after my world cup win. I opened it as I sat at the doping control and I got tears in my eyes. She was so right. I really did.
A quote that has been hunting me, while I have been away for my first block of racing, said;
“It’s impossible - said doubt
it’s dangerous - said fear
It’s not necessary - said sense
Do it anyway - whispered the heart”
So inhale courage - exhale fear.
Coming back to the present and the 2018 World Cup opener.
As we rode around on the track I tried to stay occupied with the normal talk of line choices and so on. Day after day I got more and more familiar with the place and the track. And when race day came close I was ready :-)
I overcame those fears and got it all together. And I even bring the white leader jersey with me home. Going to be a different call-up in Albstadt, as I will roll out there as the first one, but I guess the task doesn’t change? Get from A to B as fast as Malene possible can.
I defeated South Africa
P.S. A huge thanks to everybody involved in this journey and Saturday’s victory.
Ghost Factory Racing Team
- And all our sponsors, Sram, Tune, Sponser, Sigma, Esi-grips, North Wave, Cratoni, Ceramic-speed, Schwalbe, Pepi’s Tire Noodle, GSG, Adidas Eyewear, Crankbrothers, Cyprus Sun Shine Cup
- Anne Louise
- Torben Honore
And all my family, friends and boyfriend
So I was laying on the massage table getting a treatment after a day in the saddle, when our team physio asked me - “Malene, What is your aspiration with your Instagram account?”*
So how are you on Instagram, when it’s your personal account, where you share pictures from your daily life as a 21y/o girl trying to figure out life - while you in the meantime is riding bikes as fast as possible, for a living, with sponsors that expects you to use your platform for promoting?
Coming back to what and why social media, I will say, I don’t use social media to impress - but to impact. I hope it can inspire other people to do what they love and allowing themselves to have dreams and be who they are. I’m a professional mountain biker but I’m also just 21 years old danish girl who loves to go out with my friends, dance, talk, kiss my boyfriend, go to the beach in my new swimsuit and all these things. But surprise surprise I'm also; getting stupid sunburns, pretty messy, not a big fan of showers, turning into a tomato-head speaking to more than 2 people, struggling with saving legs, insecure at times, having smelly cycling shoes, farting (stomaaaaach proooblem) and so much more … I'm not trying to show perfection. It’s not to be miss perfect, nobody is perfect and it’s your own power(responsibility) to know this and know how amazing, important and brave you are - know your worth and add tax :-)
I really like social media and I hope you are in here reading this, because you like to follow me for being me :-)
Reflect what you desire, become what you respect. GRL PWR