The 2nd round of the UCI World Cup was held in Val di Sole, Italy. I was really looking forward to this after my great result the weekend before. I arrived on the Wednesday to walk the track and was blown away, they had made some changes to the previous year and the track looked amazing. It was as steep as I remembered with some amazing sections, unlike Fort William it had a lot more line choice so walking the track took a little longer than usual.
During the 1st day of practice I struggled a little to get used to the changing conditions of the track. It was like a completely different track each run as the ground was so loamy. After practice I decided to walk the track again to try and scope out some new lines as the ones I was doing during practice were not working for me in some sections.
On to qualifying day and practice in the morning went much better. I was finally feeling up to pace and had some good lines going. Once I finished with practice I headed for a cold shower got some grub and rested until qualifying. My qualifying run was quite messy with an off the track moment and a few little mistakes but for the most part quite good. I ended up in 58th position and qualifying for finals. I was pretty stoked as I knew I had some more left in the tank for finals.
Fast forward another day of practice and it was on to finals, I was feeling great on the track at this point but the heat was getting to me and I had a bit of a sore head all day. I got enough water into me and headed up for finals. My run was going pretty wild to say the least, I could barley hold on by the bottom split as the track was so beat up. I ended up over cooking it coming into a dusty left hander and had a big off. By the time I got back on the bike and dribble to the bottom my chances for a descent time went out the window. I could take some positives out of my run however as I crossed both splits before I crashed and they were 48th and 49th which was good to know I was on a descent pace.
Thanks again to all my amazing sponsors for all their support – Chain Reaction Cycles, Nukeproof, Schwalbe, Contour, 100% Eyewear, Crank Brothers & Mucky Nutz.
Next race for me now is the 4th round of the British Downhill Series in LLangollen this weekend!
Over and Out!