After a disappointing race at the previous EWS in Ireland I was excited to try and put down a good result this weekend. The EWS in Scotland used a mixture of tracks from Glentress and Innerleithen which provided a great mix of trails. I had ridden both locations previously in DH events and MTB trips so I was looking forward to riding the trails.
There were plenty of miles to cover having 8 stages over two days so practice was split up into 3 days. I decided to do stage 1-4 on day one, 5-8 on day two and then 1-2 again on day three as they were quite technical. After 3 days of practice I was feeling great on the bike and was looking forward to some timed runs.
Race Day 1 – Day one was steady for me, I had a few mistakes on some of the stages and a big crash on stage 2 however I managed to salvage the day by getting a 32nd on stage 4. This put me in the top 50 and I was aiming to try and improve on this position tomorrow.
Race Day 2 – We woke up to the news that the day had been shortened to 2 stages today due to extreme weather conditions, this was quite frustrating as I enjoyed the 4 stages today and felt they better suited me. Stage 5 was a wash out with huge mud ruts the whole way down however I was really enjoying myself and charged as hard as I could, despite having a crash on this stage I managed to place 26th which I was really happy with. The final stage was a lung busting 10 minute + stage so I knew I had to give it my all. I had a consistent run to finish 42nd overall.
I was happy with how I rode this weekend and coming 42nd, the caliber of the riders here this weekend was very high due to many DH world cup riders deciding to race prior to the Fort William DH world cup.
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