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Posted by Liam Walsh

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå’s career is unparalleled. For over 20 years she has been a part of mountain biking world elite, and the queen of MTB is hungry for more! After the demise of the Multivan Merida Team at the end of the 2016 season Gunn-Rita has been working to continue cycling at the highest level. The Norwegian Lake and Merida distributor, Stians Sport AS, were quickly in contact. Together with Merida and Stians Sport AS, Gunn-Rita has formed a Norwegian UCI team for the next two seasons. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå’s career is completely unique: she began cycling for Stians Sport AS / Merida in 2002, and has been with the Multivan Merida Bike Team from the beginning. Throughout her 20 year career Gunn-Rita has won 10 World championship titles, 8 European championships, and 29 world cup races. She is the most successful World Cup mountain biker of all time.

Managing her own team

For the upcoming two seasons she will ride for her own team: Team Merida Gunn-Rita. Gunn-Rita will own and run the team in co-operation with Stians Sport AS, Merida and the Norwegian National Team. In 2001 Kenneth Flesjå took over as Gunn-Rita’s full-time coach and training partner, and will continue under Team Merida Gunn-Rita. The team will be based in Norway.

Partnership with Lake

”I am very happy about my new partnership with Lake. I wish to pursue top level cycling for another 2 years and joining the Lake family has been an important part of making this possible. Kenneth and I are really committed and nothing will come in the way of winning bike races. My winter training has so far gone as planned. We have made changes on the training front that feel right. The shoes from Lake look really good and I am looking forward to working with them for the next two seasons.”

This is Gunn-Rita!

Gunn-Rita has been a professional mountain biker since the autumn of 1995. She is one of Norways most successful athletes regardless of sport.

Throughout her 20 year long career she has been crowned mountain biking’s most winning cyclist. She has won 28 international championship medals for Norway.
Gunn-Rita has been one the pioneers of women’s mountain biking both nationally and internationally. She has shaped the sport and Multivan Merida to what it is today. After her debut World Cup in 1995 it was clear this wasn’t the last we’d hear about the charismatic mountain biker from Bjørnheimsbygd in Strand, Norway.
During the following 20 years, Gunn-Rita made sports history and had repeated success winning gold at world cup and world championship level, most recently world championship and world cup gold in the 2015 season.
The last few years Gunn-Rita has combined life as a professional athlete and mother to Bjørnar (7). Together with her husband and trainer, Kenneth Flesjå, they have perfected the recipe needed for success.

2016 was a solid season for Gunn-Rita, but also challenging in many respects. At the World Championships in Nove Mesto she was knocked down right after the start. The injuries she sustained affected her training for several weeks, and also affected her preparation for the Olympics in Rio.

After the setback at the World Championships, Gunn-Rita and Kenneth decided to continue racing for two more seasons. In 2017 there will be full focus on XC MTB World Cup with the world championships as the main goal for the season. Gunn-Rita will also make time for some road cycling, focused on qualifying for the World championships in Bergen at the end of september.

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