It’s hard to believe that the season is already half way through?! Here is a quick recap on how things have unfolded my my perspective.
The first stop for me was Lourdes where I ended up in 57th which was my best European world cup result at that point. Have a look at my last post to see more deets.
The next stop was Fort William in Scotland for the British DH series in May. I ended up crashing in the final but was very happy with my riding and the plan from then was to stay up in Scotland until the world cup. I based myself there for 3 weeks and did some of the best training I had ever done on one of the roughest tracks on the planet. I managed to sneak in an extra event by doing the Sottish DH series round in Glencoe which was just 40 min up the road from Fort Will. It was actually the place where I had done my first ever european race back in 2011?! The track is pretty gnarly and back in 2011 I battled with it but this time around I managed to come away with 2nd place just behind ex world cup racer and local, Ben Cathro.
Needless to say I was feeling good heading into Fort William and after crashing in qualifying I still qualified in 61st. In the finals I kept it on 2 wheels for 35th which was a career best and a highlight as I had never even qualified in Fort William until this year. Next stop was Leogang, Austria and I had never qualified there either until this year. However I managed to walk away with 65th in finals after a big mistake in my race run. At this point I was feeling the best I ever had in all my career and I was keen to keep the ball rolling!
Next stop was a European cup in Schladming, Austria, another favourite of mine and a place I had done well at in the past. I felt solid all weekend and came away with 4th in Finals which tied my best ever European cup result. I was just 0.8s off the podium which was a tough one to swallow but I was still stoked. Following that we had a week off and then straight to Andorra for one of the best tracks of the year.
I felt really good in practice but on my last practice run of day 1 I made a silly mistake and hit a tree at high speed. I ended up getting really banged up and also had to get 6 staples in my elbow. I tried my best to still do qualifying the next day but it was just too tough to hang on with all the swelling and I ended up 83rd, just 0.8s off. I was devastated at first but then to be honest I was actually relieved I did not have to race the next day as I was just feeling worse and worse. I also had to be happy with the performance given the circumstances. It’s tough to race the best guys in the world when you are not 100%.
It proceeded to take a week off before the 5th round of the world cup series in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. I was not feeling the most motivated going into the event as I still felt sore from the week prior but I put that behind me. I put my head down and charged my way to 47th in finals which was my second best result of my career.
I am now sitting at home and it’s national champs this week so i am rearing to go! Looking back at the season thus far, I am stoked, I have had a podium, I equaled my best European cup result and I am sitting in 57th in the world cup overall standings. I had never even cracked the top 100 until this year. I am not done yet and I am excited to see how the rest of the year pans out! Head down and keep working.
Thanks to everyone behind me, I hope to make you all proud!
Until next time…