The big goal, however, was the race for the Austrian Championship in Windhaag. She had already had a strong race on the course the previous year and the preparations were going well. The race took place at a perfect time: one day after her 12th birthday. So it was the perfect time to give herself a present. Cheered on by Tour de France devil Dieter “Didi” Senft, she was able to execute a passing maneuver and left her competitor behind, winning the Austrian Championship in 2019. As it turned out, this was also the last opportunity. One year later, foreign starters were no longer permitted at the ÖM. Fortunately, in the Covid-19 year of 2020, there was the German Championship in Gedern. Spur of the moment and without purposeful preparation, Filomena finished in seventh place out of 32 participants in her first U15 year.
Unfortunately, the year 2021 is still all about the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, is has started perfectly for Filomena as her two “aunts” Caroline Bohé and Lisa Pasteiner give her support and share tips and tricks with her.