Deja vu for the riders of Trek Factory Racing
As unique a race week as there ever was came to a close this weekend with the second cross country Olympic distance event (XCO) in a span of four days. The team had been riding high after solid results in the short track event, and continued the consistent results to the full distance event.
For the women’s team, the top results were Evie Richards in sixth place, followed by Emily Batty in 30th. Jolanda Neff would drop out after not feeling well. For the men’s side, Stephane Tempier took a strong seventh place, and Anton Cooper finished in 23rd.
I tried everything I could, but my body just didn’t feel well at all. When it’s like that, its hard to push, and I just didn’t want to put myself in a place where I wouldn’t recover before World Champs.
It’s been a bit of a crazy full gas week and I can’t believe the World Cup season is finished now. I really shocked myself in the short track and fell in love with the XCC. I was so worried about being rubbish at this race that I really can’t believe I’ll be heading home to celebrate my victories ! It’s been the most amazing week with Trek, and has filled my soul with so much joy spending time with all the wonder staffs and riders. Fingers crossed we don’t leave it seven months till the next races!
Crazy race, with seven riders coming into the final sprint. I was fifth when I came back on the lead group in the last downhill section. I wanted to overtake and get in front of the group before the sprint but I could not. I am sad because I lost my first podium in the last meters. But some positive thing: shape is good and Worlds is already next Saturday!
Really happy with my short track performance yesterday to take seventh and bag a front row start. Unfortunately this morning before the XCO I woke up feeling under the weather and fighting a bit of a cold. I felt terrible during my warm up but managed to find a half decent rhythm in the race and battle away to finish 23rd, less than two minutes down on the leader. I know my current form is a lot better than that but I felt like I achieved the maximum I could today with the cards I was dealt. Now it's time to rest up, get healthy and come out swinging next Saturday at World Champs!
Be sure to keep in touch with the team as the prepare for next week’s World Championships in Leogang, Austria!