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Endurance plays a big role in cross-country sport - but the basis is and remains good technique. That's why our GHOST Junior Team visited GHOST team rider and mountain bike coach Oli Sonntag in the spring to pick up a few tips from him before the start of the season.

by Oli Sonntag

The GHOST Junior Team has been around since the beginning of 2021. A team of four young riders who all have just one goal: To pursue their hobby of biking and to get better step by step.

For me, as a riding technique trainer, it is an honour to be able to support the first GHOST Junior Team. Of course I also like to work with adults or professionals. However, children and young people bring a completely different attitude to biking, which fascinates me. They are still much more undescribed, are often less afraid, are full of drive and just want to have fun.

For me, this is the ideal starting point to teach the juniors to have even more fun. Because let's be honest: fun also consists of winning races. And in order to stand up to the junior elite in Germany and Austria, you have to train. Thank goodness the four GHOST riders saw it that way and so we had a fun but also instructive riding technique day together in spring 2021.

Since the kids all ride cross country, endurance naturally plays an important role. But technique, an eye for the right lines and downhill options are also important.

Just like the GHOST Factory Racing Team in their camp, we also dealt with exactly these topics on an early summer weekend. On trails near my home in Bamberg, we were able to prepare for the upcoming races of the season. How exactly you can see in the video.

Video: Lucas Sitzmann

After the training camp was over, the 2021 racing season began. Among other things, the team was able to win medals at the Bayernliga in Benediktbeuern.

1st place for Josefine Weingand

2nd place for Noah Sinner

3rd place for Filomena Klug

These and a few more podiums were occupied by the first GHOST Junior Team this year. If you want to see even more successes and watch our youngsters train, then follow us on Instagram and never miss a medal again. The technique training went down well with our GHOST riders and the successes show that it has made a difference. Congratulations on an amazing season of racing. It was an honour to train with you.

Hope to see you soon,

Your Oli

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