THE HOUSE THAT NICKI BUILT
Nicki Pedersen admitted he always hoped to turn points and prizes into bricks and mortar after building his dream home in Denmark.
22 / 04 / 2018, 07:15
Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen admitted he always hoped to turn points and prizes into bricks and mortar after building his dream home in Denmark this winter.
Pedersen is one of the most successful stars of his generation, having lifted three SGP world titles, four FIM Speedway World Cups and scored a stack of points in Poland, Sweden, Britain and Denmark throughout his career.
The 41-year-old spent some of his career based in the UK, before spending recent years in Monaco. But this winter saw him head home to Denmark, where he has built a stunning waterside home in Middelfart on the island of Fyn.
Whether that was going to be a small house or a big house, I didn’t know. My ambition was just to build a house.
Pedersen has had plenty of time to finish the project after his 2017 season was ended by a broken neck vertebra in May – forcing him to sit out for 11 months, having broken the same vertebra in Pardubice in September 2016.
But now he’s back on track with Tarnow in the PGE Ekstraliga and Pedersen has started the season in red-hot form.
He admits getting his house finished before the action started has proved a good move and he’s now enjoying the fruits of his labour after years of racing and travelling.
Pedersen said: “I have really, really worked hard and been focused on building my house in Denmark for at least the last three months. I wanted all the small things to be finished so that when I’m home, I can really be home – not thinking ‘I need to get this fixed’ or call the plumber, electrician or TV people.
“I wanted everything to be done, so that when I’m home, I can relax and focus on my racing. I have spent a lot of energy on the house. It’s my life project and it had to be right.
“I’ve moved home from Monaco and that was always a wonderful place. I really enjoyed it there very much.
“But now I have done my hard life of travelling for 15 years, I wanted to build a house. I always wanted to.
“Whether that was going to be a small house or a big house, I didn’t know. My ambition was just to build a house. I didn’t want to aim to high and make life too hard on myself from day one. I just wanted to build a house.”
Pedersen admits having a settled home life puts him in the perfect place for a big 2018 season.
He said: “Now I have moved my company and private living back to Denmark. I want to race flat-out, full-time from Denmark. I’m closer to family, my background is pretty settled and I’m ready. I feel peaceful in my mind and ready for racing.
“I want to see what I can get out of that. No-one has bigger and better ambitions than I have for myself. But there is also no pressure. No-one wants more than I want for myself.
“I’m enjoying my life. Even when life is hard sometimes and it’s a disaster, you can always turn it around and find a good day.”