Well it has been awhile since I have updated my blog and a fair bit has happened since the Missoula Pro XCT. I went straight from the Missoula Pro XCT to Vancouver in Canada where I meet up with another Australian Josh Carlson and his girl friend Lisa. I spent the next 3 and a bit weeks in his apartment while he was away travelling and racing at various mountain bike event in America and Canada. Lisa went back to Australia for a holiday over the 3 weeks, which meant that I had the apartment to my self. This was good and bad, good because it meant that I could do my own thing and just train/ride my bike. But after awhile it was hard being in a totally new place, basically knowing nothing about it and having no idea where to ride. Because I had nothing else to do I just knuckled down and did 2 weeks of probable the hardest training I have ever done. I also got to meet up with some of the Rocky mountain xc guys and did some awesome riding with them Squamish. I also managed to fit in a 45km race called the ‘Gear Jammer’, which is part of the Test of Mental series of races that happen thought out the BC area.
A photo from one of the many training ride
After I flew out of Vancouver to Madison in Wisconsin for the last Pro XCT of the series, the Subaru Cup. But not with out some troubles at the airport with my flights getting cancelled and having to spend the night with Tim in Madison after Izzy the Intern at cycling dirt posted something on the cycling dirt facebook page. Tim was also nice enough to give me a lift out to Wautoma where I met up with Sid once again.
Photo is from the Sea to Sky high way. The high way has awesome views the hole way a long it
Looking in to Vancouver City from the North Shore
As soon as the gun went for the start of the race I knew I was in for a hard one, because of all the training I had been doing I was coming into the race fairly fatigued and lacked the top speed and punch, which is needed to race at the front of the field with the other top guys. I ended up finish in 12th which isn’t how I wanted to finish my racing in America but it is what it is, I was still able to get some very valuable UCI points and I know I have put in the hard work, which I am hoping will pay off in a couple of weeks at World Champs. For the Pro XCT series standings i ended up finishing in the top 10 for Elite and 3rd U23 rider. I missed the first 2 rounds of the series and I am hoping next year i might be able to come back and do the full series and see how i go.
I managed to get a photo on “cyclingnews’ which is all ways cool.
Click on the photo to go to the link.
I was 8th overall in the Pro XCT series after the Missoula XC but slipped back to 10th after the disappointing Subaru cup.
When I post this on the Internet I will be in Stuttgart in Germany once again I had some bad luck with my flight from Madison to Munich, which meant I ended up spending an extra night in Madison and having an 8hr stop over in Chicago, which was brutal. Thank goodness they had Wifi and I was able to watch the US Pro challenge (Tour of Colorado) live on the Internet while I waited.
My next race will hopefully be this weekend at the BMC racer cup in Basel Switzerland. I want to be able to use this race for as a turn up for World Champs. My U23 race in on at 2:00pm on September the 7th and depending on who is selected I might be doing the team relay on the 6th.
I have to say a massive thanks to Izzy the intern, Tim the guy that let me stay at his house, Josh and Lisa for letting me use there apartment and I could not have done this trip all over America with out Sid helping me out with transport to and from races and letting me stay with him.
Also thanks to everyone back home.