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Sandra Gómez sets course for the Dakar

Just 41 hours after completing his participation in the 44th Indoor Trial in Barcelona – world class and where he made the podium -, Sandra Gomez Cantero has presented his team Xraids Experience Clinicas Cres to face his debut in the also forty-fourth edition of the Dakar rally, in just over a month in Saudi Arabia.

Gómez has gathered in Madrid specialized journalists, sponsors, Joan Fernández de Xraids, his father and mentor Mariano, and some people of recognized history in the great career-adventure devised by Thierry Sabine. And next to it, the 450cc Husqvarna with which it will debut in the test. Who could not attend was the former taekwondo player Coral Bistuer, current General Director of Sports of the Community of Madrid, transmitting in any case his wishes for success for the pilot.

Juan Carlos de GregorioAs CEO of Clinicas Cres, he opened the speeches to explain the company’s bond with the athlete, whom they have treated with their excellent regenerative medicine treatments applied in sports for several campaigns; as well as his commitment to this new project of the multi-time world champion.

Sandra then went on to reel off the project, which is integrated into the structure of the famous XRaids Experience team, together with a small legion of pilots – classic included -, and backed, in addition to Cres Clinics, by other faithful supporters, such as those from Mitas or Leatt, and regular collaborators, to whom, for example, Furygan and its airbag or the proven Motul lubricant have been added for the occasion.

“In this complicated world of competition for a woman, despite the current times of image, I feel fortunate to have the support of so many people who trust me, of people and collaborating entities that support my actions. The Clinic Cres is something very special for a competitive athlete, and demanding competitions such as those I practice, trial, enduro or hard enduro. The recovery times and guarantees that I can handle are incredible since the professionals at Clinicas Cres treat me. Also having the confidence and experience in rallies of XRaids Experience “, said Gómez.

“In a very short time I have had to adapt to the heaviest bike I have ever ridden, tracing on sand – I already enjoyed the dunes of the recent Morocco Rally– and, especially, to study and apply the knowledge of the road book. Of course, coming from trial, enduro and hard enduro you have base to undertake a great rally, although it is a radically different modality, “he added.

Enviable honors

The culmination of the act occurred when Juan Hernandez, the first motorcyclist from Madrid to face the Dakar and who reached the top in the category of series motorcycles, gave him the alternative to the first countrywoman who will do it on the handlebars. Hernández wanted to give him some advice: “Be careful with following the ruts, which can have double meaning!”. Also the one who was deputy director of the Rally in motorcycles, the Madrilenian Enrique Hernandez, wanted to support Sandra’s participation in the Dakar, making appropriate recommendations.

The versatile pilot from Cercedilla (Madrid) will start what will be her 20th season in high competition, sixteenth in the international arena despite her 28 years of age, on January 1 at the Dakar. A raid to which she attends after having been six times champion of the world trial by nations, individual runner-up, three times world medalist of enduro for teams, winner of the Super Enduro World Cup, of an enduro-cross scepter in the United States and three other medals at the X Games.

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