Black belt pedals to top of world rankings

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Daniela in pursuit of another world title, this time on two wheels / Photo: publicity

Getting a Jiu-Jitsu black belt is just a part of a person’s journey. That’s what Daniela Genovesi (Alliance) proves with every passing day. Sporting a CV brimming with conquests in and out of the gi, like the world light featherweight title, the black belt forges ahead in pursuit of further career titles, pushing up the hill.

As keen readers will remember, the wife to Alexandre Paiva and mother to brown belt Victinho Genovesi is worth her salt on two wheels too. After winning a 24h bicycle race in Sabring, Florida, and a 24h race in Montello, Italy, the Rio de Janeiro native today gets pedaling at Radmarathon, a 715km course in Switzerland.

Then she’ll head to the United States to compete at the 832km Race Across Oregon. Both competitions will count for 60 points on the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA) circuit ranking. They are the two races on the tour the athlete from Rio de Janeiro picked to take part in. The circuit is composed of 23 different races counting for different numbers of points.

“The two races have similar characteristics, with lots of mountains and uphill climbs. They’re tough, but I like this type of race; there’s always that extra challenge,” said the black belt cyclist who won the 2000 Jiu-Jitsu World Championship.

“My team and I are always studying the race courses so that we can train according to the particular characteristic of each race. I hope to win these two competitions and take first place on the ranking,” he adds.

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