2012.11.09 - emma
My twoÂ last years have been good and I have some great memories together with Hitec Products-Mistral Home Cycling Team. I feel that I have developed a lot, maybe not much as a cyclist but more on personal level. Riding for a team with a smaller organization puts more responsibilities on the shoulders of the athletes and force them to mature. As captain in the team I feel I took thisÂ duty on my shoulder and it made me grow as a person and as a rider. I have learnedÂ lots andÂ feel happy to been given these opportunities; working with sponsors, young riders, staff, racing and training planning.
I have always said I would like to race for a big international team where I canÂ focusÂ 100% onÂ racing. AfterÂ a difficult season I was in need of a change andÂ I felt that now was the right moment. I have been in contact some teams,Â and my final choice is ORICA-AIS.Â They are aÂ balanced team with an organization that runs smoothlyÂ and with riders thatÂ are professional and take responsibilities.
ORICA-AIS have strength to support me the best way on and off the bike, and I hope I canÂ give the girls some of my experiences and help the team reach their goals for 2013.
Changing team also means that I’m standing inÂ the middle of anotherÂ cross road…
Some of my sponsors that have helped me through the last years will no longer have the opportunity to follow me andÂ that makes me feel a bit sad.
It has been so much funÂ working with theÂ energetic people from CRAFT, to develop new products and really see how a big clothing brand use their sponsored athletes in a positive way. Daniel and Mattias, I hopeÂ I still can come around and join your training rides and maybe even participate in the “BorÃ¥s Pro TourÂ training races”?! Thanks guys for your positive influence!
MISTRAL HOMEÂ I met through friends in Zingem, my home town in Belgium.Â MISTRAL HOMEÂ and the ownerÂ Luc Vanderbauwhede runs his company like a nice and strict father figureÂ and he gives his employees freedomÂ with responsibility. I have the feeling that Mistral Home is like a family for the people who work there and so it has becomeÂ for me too. Thank you Luc for helping me fulfill my dreams and teaching me some about running a multinational company!
At last I want to say thanks to Karl and the girls!
Karl, I’m impressedÂ by the workload that you can handle! Running a team all by yourself withÂ the best intentions for us girls, thatÂ is respectful to manage. Thanks for these two years and keep up the good work…
Girls, two years together with most of you and one with some have passed really fast. I’m glad to have got to know you all and I hope that we all have learned something from eachÂ other. Even though I’ll be racing in another shirt next year, remember I’m still the same girl. See you out there…
So now I close some chapters and open some new ones… I’m excited!
I’m still Emma and I race to win!
Hope all of you; friends, sponsors (new andÂ old), supporters andÂ cyclingÂ loversÂ will follow myÂ new chapterÂ following my dream with ORICA-AIS.
Name: Emma Karolina Johansson.
Born: 23 Sep 1983, Sollefteå, Sweden.
Team: Wiggle High5
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