Elit, SCOTT, Motopalič, Česká pojišťovna, Central Bohemian Regionhttp://www.indigoracing.cz/
In her everyday life Gabriela Novotna is a conference interpreter and lector of English and French, but in her free time she is an off road rider with a dream: taking part to the Dakar. This was a long term project and Gabriela has trained hard, gained experience in navigation and dunes riding and finally this year she will make her debut in the toughest rally in the world. Her keys to succeed? Determination and mental strength.
“I always liked motorcycles. Although my father had a bike, there wasn’t much of a bike background in the family and I was able to buy my first bike quite late - when I was 21. It was a Ducati Monster 696. I enjoyed riding and I believed I will have this bike forever. However, it was tempting for me to try riding off road. One day I came across one very old but very cheap KTM. So I decided to buy it and try it. I assumed that even if it would have stopped working soon, it was a good deal for the experience. In a month, my Ducati was sold and I had my first big enduro bike. It was love at first sight. I believe once you try the off road, you never return on the road… I started travelling in Romania or Morocco riding off road and started to get to know the community of people around it. Then it came the first experience with road book. At the beginning of 2015, I firmly decided to pursue my dream to race international rallies with the clear target to race the Dakar one day and to be the first Czech woman ever to do so. I put all my money and energy in it… Sometimes it was hard, but I am very stubborn. Maybe a bit too much…one week before my first international rally, I crashed badly my shin bone, which obliged me to stop for 8 months. The injury looked very bad, but I recovered and I took part to the Serres Rally in 2016. I prepared the Dakar in 2017 participating to the Merzouga Rally, Hellas Rally Raid and Serres Rally. And here I am. Three years after starting to pursue my dream, it is about to come true… Life is pretty amazing. It is true that “If you really want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
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