Omer Shapira wins Israeli national time trial

‘It gives me confidence I’m going in the right direction’

June 24, 2022

For the second time in her career, Omer Shapira has won the Israeli time-trial national championship.

In the Golan Heights, Omer set off on the 24 kilometer course with a clear plan in mind. The first half of the out-and-back course was slightly uphill while the return downhill had a series of corners that called for mindful navigation.

“It wasn’t an easy course because of the corners on the way back and the road wasn’t in the best condition so I had to choose my lines. It wasn’t just cruise control,” Omer laughs. “It required some thought before.”

After taking time off the bike this season to recover from illness, Omer returned to racing only at the end of May. With so few recent race days in her legs, she felt unsure of her condition.

"I can still be competitive and I can still push myself so I'm happy."

-Omer Shapira

“I felt mentally stressed, I have to admit. I didn’t know how my body would react after Covid. Some days I feel very good and like I’m in my normal body and other days I feel like this is not my body, but I am happy with how I managed my body and my mind. I gave all I had today and it was enough.”

Standing on the podium today was significant to Omer after the ups and downs of the season so far.

“This win is special for me because I didn't know where I was standing in terms of fitness so it gives me confidence that I’m going in the right direction. I can still be competitive and I can still push myself so I’m happy.”

Tomorrow, the 27-year-old will race in the road national championship where she is the defending champion.

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