Unfortunately though, I had to quit speed skating due to a foot surgery and cycling was all I could do until I was completely recovered. At that moment I knew that my career in sport is finished for me and I suffered because all my hard work and dedication for so many years were gone and there was nothing I could do about it. It was a tough time as you can imagine. I needed something to get me motivated again.
But, one day, a school mate who was passionate about cycling, invited me to participate to a local criterium race. I accepted the invitation because I liked challenges and sporty events, and to my surprise I won the first place at my age category! After the race, an amateur mtb racing team asked me if I want to take part in their team. They took very good care of me; they gave me a bike plus full equipment and taught me everything I need to know about cycling.