Amandine Fouquenet will put her titles of French Elite and Upside Cyclo-cross Champion on the line this Sunday in Liévin.
Champion of France
It was something magical to experience this cyclo-cross season with the French Champion jersey. I was proud to wear it, I was able to show it by winning four times at the national level. I am also winning the general classification of the Coupe de France women. I finished in the top 10 in a World Cup race. I see that I continue to improve year after year, this is the most important to me.
The first time I wore the jersey
This jersey is a symbol, it stands for a lot of things, so the very first time I put it on I was mostly afraid of just not being up to it, period. But I think I honoured it well, I’m happy and proud of what I did with it.
I went to the site of the French Championship this year, but the course was not yet marked out. I know that the Val Souchez circuit may suit me because many people tell me that its layout corresponds to my qualities, after that all the planets must be aligned on “D” day. The competition is strong this year, but I will fight to try to keep this French Champion jersey. I’ll give it my all, and we’ll see the day in the field anyway.