Almost a week since I rode the third leg of the UCI Trials World Cup 2015. Finally found some time and motivation to write a race report from the weekend. If you want to read some in-depth stuff from the race, here you go!
The quarter final
I rode the quarter final on Saturday. Started at 16:10, in group C. I have limited experience with such a late start, and found it really hard to eat properly before. I managed to almost eat some pasta and an omelette for lunch. That was not the best idea, as the omelette wanted to get up several times during the race.
The quarter final is intense and hard, with 60 minutes to complete 2×5 sections. Combined with heat and high humidity, I almost got a heat stroke. But I managed to complete the competition with an okey result.
First lap I cleaned the first two section easily. A good start is important, and I was happy. Section 3 was probably the hardest one, and I was struggling. I got to the second last obstacle, and the crux, where I failed and got five. The last two sections was no problem, and I scored a total of 5 points on the first lap.
Second lap the heat started to get me. I cleaned the two first sections, and rode better in section 3. Unfortunately I failed at the same obstacle, and got five. Exiting the seciton, I was almost throwing up. I was struggling hard with the focus on section 4. Couldn’t do a easy sidehop to a beam because I jumped too high, and couldn’t hold it when I landed. This meant I used too much time, and got one time penalty, despite cleaning all obstacles. Fifth section had a tricky log we were riding down, and on the last lap I lost balance, and had to save it with a foot. 12 points in total, top three in group C and directly qualified for semi finals. Hurray!
According to myself, I should qualify to the semi final at every world cup. Last year I got 4/5. This year I’m only riding three world cups (out of four in total), and so far I’ve qualified for those I attended. But, I’m still finding some of the obstacles hard with my current level, and I need to improve. On the other hand, I get a lot of penalty points at obstacles I can do with my current level. I just need to get the right focus before and during the race.
I got a lot of fives in the semi final, actually in 4/5 sections on both laps. The first lap I got through section 1 at 2 points. Section 2 and 3 I got fives. Just couldn’t get up the obstacles. Section 4 I got a five, but managed to get through it on 3 points on the second lap. Section five I got to the last obstacle on both laps on zero, but couldn’t do the last front hook. In total I got 45 points. That was the same score as two other riders, and after counting 0’s, 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, etc. I ended up in the middle of us, with a 19th place. Same position as in Austria, same score as France last year.
That’s it. Tomorrow I have shows at Birkebeinerrittet, world’s largest MTB race, then Norwegian cup at Saturday and Sunday, before I fly to Andorra on Monday for the worlds.
Credit pictures: Trial Inside/Frank Chastel