May 19, 2015 AUTHOR: Alan Milway
World Cup Season is here!
After the travel and grind of a winter preparing to race, the season is now here!
We are in a period where the calendar of races and travelling leaves little room for manoeuvre so coming in strong and fit is very important. Although this was certainly the case for Gee and Rach, Tay had broken his thumb in New Zealand and came in to the first with only a short time in plaster, so the break was still fresh.
I use the word with caution, but Gee was looking dominant in practice at Lourdes, a step up from what I have seen recently, and really at an incredible pace. A crash in qualifying was unexpected and costly, damaging his thumb and leaving him in really agony. He bravely tried to ride the finals, with a lot of strapping to help him hold the bars and lots of painkillers. To roll down and be less than 20seconds off winning is crazy really, he is something else!
Tay did what he good and got great experience – first Elite race and to qualify and get down with a decent time made the fire burn more to prepare for Round 2.
Rach was her impressive self looking so strong at the top – where it is most technical. She made a mistake lower down but a 2nd place was a great start to the campaign.
It was then up to Fort William for BDS round 2 and a warm up for the World Cup. The weather was atrocious and the track shortened. Both Gee and Rach won, with a deep field of international racers. Check out the race report here:
The Enduro boys are now also in full flow – last weekend was the first round of UK Gravity enduro. Mark Scott has had a great winter and we have worked well together planning and testing his fitness, and he used this to take the Elite win.
He is now heading to Ireland to race EWS round 2 with Dan and Martin also.