Cross Country team takes on second World Cup
Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic is one of the most iconic World Cup stops. A totally unique course with some of the most demanding rock features riders will see all year, where a mistake can do more than take you out of contention for a good result. The team knows the course well, and came in keen to find the top step of the podium.
All photography from Ross Bell and Matt Delorme.
The best finisher for the womens squad was Jolanda, coming in at eighth.
I gave it my all today but my shape is simply still in the making, my result last week in Albstadt was honestly a surprise given where I am right now. A flat tire in the last lap didn't help and I lost several places, eventually finishing in 8th place. An unforgiving track with the most fantastic crowds still made for an electric race. Looking forward to Andorra, and reuniting with the new team that I have really enjoyed being with over the past ten days.
Anton had a strong race, eventually coming in at 16th.
I had a terrible start loop and just felt like my legs took 5 mins to wake up but after that I actually felt quite strong. I fought my way back through the field and halfway through the race I'd made my way into the group from 16th-20th and not too far off the top-10. Unfortunately I had a stupid crash while in that group, and lost a bit of time and my rhythm. I spent the next lap and a half chasing back before a lap with the group and then the final lap was all out to the line, eventually finishing as the lead rider in my group which I will take as a small win.
I know I'm capable of a lot more and the next World Cups at altitude have been my biggest challenge the last years, however I'm feeling really positive about the direction I'm heading after last weekends disappointment and looking forward to putting on a strong display at the next races!
Next up for the team is the World Cup in Andorra, stay tuned!