|Above Meribel: Rode up to 2300m then came down a trail that is best in hiking boots|
I couldn't be happier with the way the last block of racing went. Winning Nationals and regaining the maple leaf jersey, winning commonwealth Games, a fantasy accomplishment to follow in the footsteps of my Canadian Predecessors Marie Helene Premont and Chrissy Redden. (Since mtb has been in the Games, Canadian women have not relinquished the gold) and then a 2nd and 1st at the World cups in North America. This is the first year I have coached myself, so to not only have a strong start to the season, but to maintain and build form was exciting.
After Tuesday's CG race in Scotland and all the hype that follows a games medal it was back to reality packing bikes to head to the World Cup in MSA the next morning. My first morning in msa began with a Pre 7 am knock on the door for a blood and urine sample to WADA. Unfortunately the later was a 2hr process which means I had just enough time to make it to the trailer to meet the Red Bull crew and Geoff Kabush to film the preview of msa. Very lucky to have people to unpack and build my bikes!
I had heard there was a new river gap but had never seen it. Luckily Geoff is a pretty good wheel to follow so after a quick peek to see what it looked like and follow his entrance speed I was airborne. From there is was trying to get caught up on sleep, recovered and onto the new time zone to bring my best game on race day. I felt strong and fit in MSA but a little flat. I think I had been emotionally up so much recently it was harder to bring the same spark this day. I climbed well but was sloppy in the transitions and didn't attack the descents. The course was great, but the heat and humidity oppressive. I was very happy to earn 2nd to an on form Jolanda Neff on the day. The podium was special, being able to share it with my Luna teammate Katerina and country mate Emily Batty. My close friend Sandra Walter also scored a career best 13th and Evan Guthrie a 36th. Woot Wooo
|Yes, it is true. I am no longer on 26". Raced the 27.5 Orbea Alma|
|Riding past the falls was like going through a rain shower|
Ok now back to Toronto! On a plane To Geneva! Doh no luggage! 48 hrs later, Luggage!
Bec Henderson saved me with a bike loan or i would have gone crazy, and gotten really sore as the little walk/hikes we did in the mtns left Keith and I pretty sore. #OneTrickPonies Thank you Thank you Bec!
|Starting the hike would leave us hobbling|
|Back in familiar territory on bikes!|
|Only 1.5hrs away we had to go to the Col de Telegrafe and the Galibier. Amazing sunny day for it|
|That's a whole lotta switch backs|
So now it is amazing riding in the mtns, training for Worlds and looking to maintain my position in the overall as we race World cup finals on March 24th in Meribel, France....and maybe launching a new Orbea too!