Portrait : Dosnoventa team rider Christian Trenchev
Chat de Ruelle had an interview with young gun Christian Trenchev. At 18 years old he placed 9th in the Brooklyn race of Red Hook Criterium, among the best of the world. We asked him what were his plans about his future in the international fixed gear circuit.
Chat De Ruelle : You have been recruited by Dosnoventa, how does that feel?
Christian Trenchev : I am incredibly happy, honoured and simply fucking stoked to see that one performance in a big race was enough to make a name and to open doors with many teams. My choice was clear from the start when Dosnoventa approached me at the end of the race in Brooklyn. We had a walk and when they showed interest in me, it was quite certain that we would strike a deal when we were talking around a beer at the afterparty. I knew that I had what they needed in their team.
CDR : Did you go to RHC Brooklyn with the idea in mind that a great feat would open you doors that were unavailable to you at first?
CT : Not at all. It was certainly a dream to be in a big team. But my highest hope was to simply qualify. Of course I had spotlight dreams in mind, but that was a farfetched concept I had as a last step. At the end of the qualifications I was incredibly happy, even if kinda scared. My good friend helped me overcome it and at the start line I was in transe and deeply concentrated, and confident in my training. I was a fanboy in a sea of celebrity, knowing other riders while I was unknown, I was stoked.
CDR : So, after your finish with Team iBike in Brooklyn, you’re going to finish the RHC series with Dosnoventa?
CT : Yes, it all starts in London. We’re also going to make this DSNV runs Gijòn movie, but in London. We’re gonna show the team spirit, how we relax and how we train : our lifestyle. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have a good time. I think the other riders on the start line had an advantage last time because they all knew each other and the circuit, while I was new to everything. But in London, everyone’s gonna be on the same page. Yet, I haven’t had the chance to ride as many european criterium. Every rider has more experience on their wheels than me. That said, I’m super glad to have the chance to ride internationally with Dosnoventa. I can’t wait to go to Barcelona too, at the expense of my college session. Dosnoventa headquarters are in Barcelona, so the whole experience will be incredible.
CDR : What do you expect the circuit to be like in London?
CT : I expect the RHC organizers to re-equilibrate the standings. What I mean by that is that I think it will be a faster rolling race like Milano. I think that I’ll have better chances in that case. Because I’m less powerful than the other guys, so my accelerations are not as good as others. But I think I can maintain a better cadence and negotiate turns at higher speeds. New York was a reality check for me : I was able to identify my strengths and my weaknesses based on real life experience. I know how I can be useful in a team now.
CDR : What’s the difference between local and international criteriums?
CT : There’s races like the London Nocturne Crit, the Wolfpack Hustle, the Red Hook, the Dijon Crit, etc. Every race is much bigger with a higher caliber. In Montreal you ride in local races such as the ones organized by ThePack or the races Team iBike do at Jackalope, among others. I have the luck to be able to compare myself to State Bicycle Co. team rider Josh Tyrell who’s from Montreal too. But Montreal’s getting there, one step at a time.
CDR : How do you feel about London and Dosnoventa?
CT : Dosnoventa gave me a chance in gold to make myself a name in my passion, even if I’m like 10 years younger than the other guys in the team. They’ve given me a dream, even if I think I’m not worth all that effort. They’ve given me access to incredible gear, and unforgettable trips. For me, London is the biggest opportunity I’ll ever have to prove my worth as a criterium racer, but also to bond to the best team out there to whom I already owe a lot. My main goal is to spend some great time surrounded by the people I respect the most in the international fixed gear scene and in my team. Yet, ultimately, I want to protect and shore up my standing in the top 10 of the Red Hook Criterium Championship.