In the coming weeks xxcmag.com will be highlighting some of the racers and stages of the upcoming 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea stage race. One of the racers to lookout for over the MBC’s seven stages and 867 kilometers will be Wolfgang Krenn of Team Zwillingscraft/Sc Knauf Liezen. Recently Chris Ganeff of the MBC interviewed “Wolfie” and has been kind enough to share it with xxcmag.com.
An Interview With Wolfgang Krenn
Wolfgang Krenn (Team Zwillingscraft/Sc Knauf Liezen) will be one of the riders to beat at this year’s Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea. Reigning Champion, Cory Wallace, is familiar with the young Austrian’s skills, having met him previously at the Crocodile Trophy: “Wolfgang is a very tactical and strong rider so he will be up there in the lead group every day and will be tough to shake.” Krenn has a wealth of stage racing and marathon MTB experience, including winning the Salzkammergut Trophy in 2011, coming second at the Crocodile Trophy in 2011, and a very strong showing at the Cape Epic this year. We spoke with Krenn about his expectations and preparation for MBC 2013.
When did you know you wanted to race the 2013 Mongolia Bike Challenge?
Wolfgang: I spoke with other riders last year and this year after Cape Epic in March I spoke with my coach and he said, “Why not?”. I like Stage races!
Why do you race races such as the Crocodile Trophy and the MBC?
Wolfgang: I don’t know the MBC yet so after the race I can speak more on this race. The Crocodile Trophy is a very hard stage race and one with the most publicity in my country. Also, I like the course, very technical with steep climbs. Also, the hot sun is my good friend.
“Wolfgang is a very tactical and strong rider so he will be up there in the lead group every day and will be tough to shake.” – Cory Wallace
What are your expectations going into the MBC both of the race and of yourself?
Wolfgang: I think the MBC is also a very hard stage race, you must recover very fast and well after a long day on the bike! You have to avoid technical problems and your health must be fresh! I will ride a good race, I will ride with fun and I hope we have fun. This is biking, fast biking is not easy but I am having a good season and I hope my shape is also good enough for this race. A place in middle of the top riders is what I hope I can bring to the finish line after seven days.
Are you doing anything differently in your training to get ready for Mongolia?
Wolfgang: I train all year. I have special training for long and hard stage races, but this is only in my head and in the head of my coach. It’s a secret:)
Will you be ready to take on the local staff in some Mongolian wrestling?
Wolfgang: I am training hard and I feel good… but wrestling is not my favorite…
See you in Mongolia, Wolfie.
Words: Chris Ganeff, The 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea.
Photos provided by Sportograf.com.