OK, so World Cup in Leogang was an interesting experience, especially because I'm a rookie in racing world cups. I always liked the track in Leogang, despite having a lot of trouble last year on the same world cup race, when I crashed two times in qualis. My main goal for this World cup race was to put together a clean and smooth run, as I didn't want to crash again. However, this weekend I was really on a good quali run, with the 11th speed on the speed trap, until my handlebar hit a tree in the lower part of the track. Luckily I didn't crash, but I had some troubles getting my bars off the tree. I finished my world cup race on 25th place and I was only 9 seconds away from qualifying for the finals..aaarggghh...why did I have to hit that tree?! Despite hitting that tree, I am satisfied with my performance, because I know I've made a huge step towards qualifying for the world cup finals and I will be chasing the top 20 again at World Cup in Meribel. Till then there are still a lot of races and time to practice.
World Cup Leogang and IXS EDC Schladming in Austria - Spela Horvat
After the World Cup in Leogang I headed for the 2nd round of the IXS European Cup in Schladming, also in Austria. After arriving in Schladming on Friday, I realized the competition was tough with more than 40 girls on start, actually a 'mini' world cup with all the big names. The track in Schladming is really cool, super fast, with steep wood sections and fields.
I had a major accident on my first practice run on Saturday. When jumping a double my rear derailleur suddenly broke and got wrapped in my rear wheel. I landed normally but then my rear wheel stopped and I crashed hard on my head and shoulder. I had to be taken to the hospital for a x-ray of my head, because I was feeling really sick. I also badly bruised and ripped my hip, which was really painful. The doctor advised me to rest and take painkillers, but I still decided to try riding on seeding run. My seeding run was bad because I was stuck in the hospital and didn't do any practice on Saturday morning and I was really unhappy, so I hoped for a better result on Sunday. I was practicing hard on Sunday morning to get up to speed and managed to finish my race 20th in the end, which was much faster than my seeding. Top 20 was my goal on this race, as the competition was tough, but I know I could be a few seconds faster If I wouldn't have crashed on Saturday and had more time to practice: but downhill is unpredictable! I'm happy I was still able to ride after a crash like that.
photos: Igor Klancisar