I want to thank everyone that have been involved in my racing this year. From people just cheering me on to my family members. I have accomplished a lot pf things I didn’t think was possible this year. Runner up on the Swedish national title. Qualified for 2 worldcups and was just outside top 80 on the rest of them. Thank you guys.
Dear sponsors and friends!
I am sorry you haven’t heard from me after the World cup final in Italy and the World champs in Andorra.
The reason why is that I suffered a head injury in my third practice run at the World cup final. I decided not to race in Italy cause I have been in that seat before where my head doesn’t feel right and still try to ride so I knew how it was going to turn out. And I didn’t want to jeperdy my start at World champs 1,5 weeks later.
I had 10 days of rest just sleeping the whole day. I went to Andorra with a thought I might be able to race. It turned out that I couldn’t. I tried two runs but my head wasn’t there and in some sections I didn’t really catch up where I were. So I sat out worlds too and had hope the head would become better in a couple of days but I was wrong again. I took me around two months to heal up proper after my crash. I have been to the doctor and the doctor just told me to rest and start to live a normal life day by day. But the reason why it took so long was the stress at world champs that cause me to be away longer than thought.
Hope you understand the situation, I wanted to let you know as soon as possible but it has been a couple of hard weeks with no tv, phone or computer. It’s just the last 2weeks I got back in training again
Worldcup #5 was held in Windham USA.
The track looked good on trackwalk, dusty and fast. A few changes had been done but the track still looked like last year, straight forward. No problem to go fast but in order to go really fast you had to risk it.
Was a bit terrefied first run On Thursday. The track is so unusual to everything I ever ridden with the dust and the rocks underneath. was just slipping around trying to find grip. After a few couple of runs it changed though. It got fun riding and I didn’t need to ride on survival mode. Had a really good time once I figure it out how to ride the dust.
Practice friday morning before qualifying went really well. I knew where I wanted to go so I had a good time slaying turns hanging of the bike. To the qualifying I was nervous. Everyone had been talking about how hard it is to qualify in Windham since the track is short. But I put my mind in right place for quali and the only thing I wanted was to have a good time and finish the race. I had a good time and a good run that placed me in 67th position good enough to make it to the final. I was so happy making it.
The track was beat up saturday morning, big holes and rocks pointing out everywhere. But it was fun riding and I had the mentality of just enjoying myself in practice since I made it to the final and that was my goal. Up on the start I didn’t feel nervous at all, I felt it was going to be fun riding but the racing fire was kind of off. I realized afterwards that I had put so much effort just qualifying and have it as a goal that the body and head didn’t really know what to want or what to do in the final. I had a good run but as I said my mind didn’t know what to want. But I was satisfied with the way I rode and had a big smiley coming down. I ended 67th. When everything was seattled I was happy with the weekend just qualifying but a bit bummed not know how to attack the final. But you learn as long as you live and now I know something I didn’t knew yestarday.
Once again it was race time in Mt-Sainte Anne Canada. Trackwalk Wendesday afternoon and it had a few changes. This race have always been a turning point for me and I like the track so I could barely wait to ride.
felt a bit clumsy first run thursday morning, I always do first run. Went straight back up for a second lap. After 300m I saw a pile of big rocks comming towards me and my only thought before hitting the ground was this is going to hurt a lot. It did. I rolled over and landed on my back and just beside the protection the rock hit me. I couldn’t get back up. It hurt so much. Had to go to the hospital to get checked out and missed the whole practice. I was lucky this time. Nothing broken just muscle and nerve damage. Nothing that couldn’t get better by the days. The doctor said I could race if could get up on the bike and ride.
Friday was a tough day. I felt since I traveled so far I had to ride so I did. Had 3 practice runs in and I was happy riding and had a relly good time but afterwards a walked like an old man. But as long it was good on the bike I rode.
Going up to the quali I had peace in my mind. I was relaxed and after the crash I just wanted to get down and have a good time. That’s what I did. I let the body do what it has be trained to do. Had a really good run with just a small mistake. When it was around 1.5min left I jump a thing and a big rock that hadn’t been there before was laying in the landing. I took it with the pedal and bended the axel a lot. That made it really hard to pedal the last bit of the race. Crossed the finish line and the waiting to see if I qualified or not was even harder then the actual race. When everything was settled I ended up in 83rd 0.6 of to qualify. I was bummed being that close but in the end I was just happy riding and I know that the momentum is there for the last 3 races of the year.
it was finally time for the Swedish Champs this pats weekend, the one race I wanted the most out of the whole season.
Had a good practice on Saturday deciding whether to ride my enduro or downhill bike, since the track was quite flat. After doing 4 time runs on the 1min 50sec long track I made my mind going with the downhill bike.
Due a small starting field both qualifying and Final were on sunday.
I felt calm sunday morning, was a bit tired since I had hard time going to sleep but excited enough to make it up and feel ready to race. It rained a lot Saturday evening and the whole sunday making the track to a mud race. The upper bit was no problem being hard packed but towards the end it was hard to keep momentum in the mud. I therefore decided to do a last minute call going on mudtires last practice run.
I made an ok quali ending up in third position seven sec back. I hadn’t pushed it to hard. I just rode the way I felt was a ok pace to be comfortable enough for the Final.
Going in to the final I was nervous. This was the race I wanted more than anything. I had a good final run just making one mistake but otherwise I couldn’t have done much better. I rode a high level pace but steady enough to don’t get out of control. I ended up in second place one sec after Robin Wallner my old teammate and mentor on the time of 1min 44sec.
I was bummed to miss out on the jersey and I was everything then happy. But now one day after I’m feeling satisfied. I would say it’s not bad being second on my first attempt on the title in the elite. This makes me even more eager for next season, chasing the dream of wearing that yellow and blue sleeve on the Worldcup.
World cup round number four took place in Lenzerheide Switzerland. A new venue for this year and the track was exciting. It was dusty and wide open from start to bottom, not too technical and the struggle with the track was to keep it fast all the time and being hydrated cause it was above 30 degress all wekeend.
I was excited after trackwalk and the first day of practice went great. Had six runs in where I picked up speed run by run. The difference from this race compared to the other was that I had fun all the time. I’ve felt that there has been a part missing lately and I finally found it and now it’s always fun to ride. I was even so stoked on Thursday evening that I could’t wait to go out and ride again!
I did two runs Friday morning. I was able to get to ride with Connor Feraon and Bernard Kerr (They are both sitting in top twenty in the worldcup overall.) It helped me a lot to see where I lost time towards them and I just had a good time slapping turns.
I was ready for the quali and I felt so happy to just being able to ride and that I found the fun of riding. My run went well. There is nothing that I could have done better at that moment. No big mistakes. But it wasn’t enough to qualify and I ended 93rd. I was so bummed out missing the final I had to hide from everyone and cry it out in the woods. Once everything settled I’m happy with my race and I feel that my time is coming.
Please go in and watch the team video for this weekend http://www.pinkbike.com/video/414283/
Next race up is Swedish Champs the last weekend in July! Until then have good time!