Just home from the first world cup of the year in South Africa and it was an amazing trip to say the least! South Africa is defiantly the best place I've traveled to so far and the most enjoyable trip to date!Chris and I flew out of Dublin airport on Monday morning and after a bit of hassle at baggage we managed to sneak the bikes on without any excess weight fees, success! We arrived at Dubai after a pleasant 8 hour flight and then had a 10 hour stop in Dubai until our next flight to Durban, South Africa! For 10 hours stuck in an airport it wasn’t actually too bad and went quick enough. Another 8 hour flight later and we were in South Africa! Sign on and track walk took place on Wednesday. A quick scout about the area and food shop for the weekend and then we walked the track, which looked amazing! So fast, dusty and massive jumps, could wait to ride it! I had made some big changes to the bike for this track like a Vivid air shock, 40 tooth chain ring, dropper seat post and a stiffer spring in the forks.Practice went great and I was really enjoying the track. Feeling fast and fit I was confident for qualifying. Below is my a run filmed on my new Contour+.
Next up was qualifying on Friday afternoon. I got to the top 40 minutes before my run and started my warm up on the turbo trainer. Huge thanks to the CRC team and Brooks for the lend of the turbo. I set of strong out of the gate and had a smooth, clean and steady top half, being 64th at the first split. The rest of my run went well and I ended up qualifying in 80th position!
I had a great day of practice on Saturday and got the big hip at the bottom sorted!
Onto race day, the final! I had a big crash off one of the massive jumps on my last practice run which knocked my confidence a bit but i stuck some music on before my run and i got pumped up to go for it. I was pushing really hard at the top to make up the time i knew I would loose at the bottom but I ended up making loads of mistakes. I probably had my worst run of the week but I knew I had to push hard to try and make up time I would loose on the pedal.
I ended up finishing 78th overall and 7th junior which I'm pretty happy about and a great start to the year.
Big thanks to all my sponsors for the support: Nukeproof, Schwalbe, Nema, Eight.ie, Mulebar, Five Ten, Contour, Phunkt, 100%, Crankbrothers, Crunch.