As I was planning my races for 2021, I came across pictures of the B-Hard Ultra Race and pre-registered for the event. I was reluctant to confirm my participation as the times were still uncertain, even with the announcement of a vaccine, but in the meanwhile I was offered to be an ambassador for the race. As the year started as badly as 2020, I didn’t think the event would take place, or at least that I wouldn’t be able to join because of the restrictions. Luckily, even though I love to race, I don’t need a goal to train so I was in great shape when the race confirmed it was going ahead and I realized I would be able to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The B-Hard is a 1200km race going through the most beautiful landscapes of Bosnia-Herzegovina. We set off from Banja Luka at 5am all together and after a 10km group ride, had a delayed departure. I was sitting third, after Ulrich Bartholmoes and Ben Davies, the two big names on the race and got quickly overtaken by Samuel Thomas, a guy I have never heard of.