I started in around the sixth row, meaning I was going to have to be super aggressive but patient at the same time. I had mentally prepared and had run through what I want the start to look like.
My start was solid and I was sticking two thirds of the way back in the pack. As we rushed off into the start loop, being mainly 4WD track, I managed to pass a few more riders.
We reached the top of the climb, heading into the single track and I was sitting comfortably in about 80th position. Throughout the downhill back down to the event center, I passed a few riders and came over the line in 76th. The downhills were super fast and I had to be completely focused as so much could go wrong.
Now that the field had split up I was prepared to give it my all to hold my position, if not gain a few more places. Throughout that lap I managed to gain 13 places. I was enjoying the ride and high pace.
At the end of the 3rd and 4th laps I came through in 64th place. The pace raised and we started throwing sprints on the last lap. I sprinted too early on the 4wd while in a group of about 6 riders and a couple managed to pass me on the last climb. A few riders crashed on the final descent as the pace so raised so high.
I improved on last weeks result by over thirty positions gaining a solid 69th place.
|Saw this just after my race finishing in 69th position|
I'm pleased with my result as my second ever World Cup Race and I cant wait to do another one. I'm so stoked that I was able to come over and compete as this was a great experience. Super stoked with the other Kiwi riders results - Well done Dirk Peters with a solid 13th in U23 men.
Off home to New Zealand on Monday with two days in Paris. Looking forward to getting stuck into my training for the upcoming NZ season.
|Watching Junior and U23 Women while chilling with this guy|