Third Round of the Downhill world cup was held in Leogang Austria this weekend. They had done big changes to the track compared to previous years and it got way better, more technical and more downhill instead of a bike park as it used to be.
I Had a big crash midway in my second run Saturday morning, Where I landed straight on my head. The medical didn’t allowed me to ride, because of pain in my neck. They decided to send me for a x-ray. Luckily it showed nothing but I had compressed my neck a bit so it was sore and stiff. Came back just in time for the quali and I made the call that I could race.
I charged hard out the gate and had an ok ride down but 15sec from the finish I got red flagged, because of a rider laying in the track. It was just to recharge, go up and redo it. Second time around I didn’t really charged as hard out the gate and instead allowed the body to find the rhythm. I crossed the line in 51st place and I was so happy cause I finally made it to the Final. It was such a relief.
Now knowing I had qualified and reached a long term goal and dream, the pressure disappeared and I could just enjoy the whole race since my goal for this time was reached and I just wanted to have good time and take next goal at the next race.
The practice on Sunday wasn’t what I expected. I push and tried to much. But I had a good talk with my team and listen to my favorite music and Was able to turned it around. I realized the only thing I had to do was to enjoy and finish the race. Came up to the start and I felt calm. I went out the gate and allowed the body to find the rhythm. The body was on autopilot and I crossed the line not knowing time or position. I was just happy I had done my first elite final. I ended up 72nd and i’m happy with that. I could have been last and still be satisfied cause my goal was to qualify and I did it and I enjoyed my race run!
Next race up is the European Cup in Schladming this upcoming week. Till then have a good week.
Photo: Johan Hjord
This weekend has been quite spectacular in Fort William Scotland for the third round of the Worldcup. Due bad weather/storm UCI decided to cancel practice and qualification on Saturday and have it together with the final on Sunday.
Trackwalk on Thursday went well, I found my lines quickly, knew where I wanted to go and was able to transfer them directly in to practice on Friday. I complained a bit that I had been feeling really slow all practice but once I saw film footage and how tired I got for doing a full speed run I understood that I couldn’t been going that slow. I found the state of FLOW.
Saturday was a chill day watching films, taking it easy and making everything ready for a hectic Sunday.
Did one run in the 45 minutes practice before quali. Had a massive digger where I went over the bar into a rockgarden. Luckily I came away with just a big bruce on my left thigh. But I was a bit omtumlad. Went back to the pits and recharge my mind for the quali. Felt ready when I headed up to the start and even if I hadn’t found the same flow as I had on Friday, I knew that I had been riding good.
Went out the gate full speed, I didn’t want to leave anything one the hill. I was 54th in the first split and I was riding good, pushing it but not over pushing. I found the zone. Around three minutes down the track I hesitated a bit in the trickiest part of the track. A woodsection with a lot of roots. Because of that I had a crash, got back on the bike and 10m down the track I crashed once again. I couldn’t gain enough speed to do the landing of a drop so I just fell over. Made it down to the finishline pushing the last bit really hard and I was hard on the pedals but it wasn’t enough. Ended up 105th, that ended my dream for this time and I had to watch the race by the sideline once again.
Now we are back on the road and this time it is from Scotland to Austria. For the third round of the Worlcup in Leogang and hopefully I can find the last missing part to make it into the final.
Photos: Nathan Hudghes
Second round of the Italian national series was held in Frabossa this weekend. I was amazed by the Italian about thier passion for racing. The track was mint and I was suprised by the standard. It was a bit over 4min long, stepp and it got really nasty braking bumps.
I’ve worked a lot doing one thing at the time this last couple of weeks and it was my goal for this weekend to just have one thing in mind every run, transfer it and allow the body to do what I had been trained to do in the race run.
Arrived late on friday cause my teammate had som stuff taking care of at home and we missed the trackwalk. Felt a bit frustrated coming there late and not being able to have a proper preporation. But I tried to stay focused and see the situation of what it was, not for what it could have been.
Saturdays practice was hard, didn’t really knew the track. Lucky for me it was mainly one line. It was hard to focus on one thing at the time, I managed to just thinking of learning the track and I realized that all the preporation I had done before was in the back of my head. I didn’t need to focus on how to brake once I learned the track the body did it. The qualifying didn’t go so well. Had a hard time focus on one thing cause I didn’t knew the track. I ended up crashing, clipped a three with my pedal. finished 19th 18sec behind.
Had a good sleep and I was ready to make the best of the Sunday. Had two practic runs in the morning. One to see any changes, get to know the track better and one with almost race speed. I did one thing at the time and I felt ready enough to go racing. Even If i wasn’t prepared enough I just took it for what it was and allowed the body to do what it had been trained to do. Went out from the gate into autopilot. It did everything I’ve trained. Had a good and steady run and crossed the line in 7th five sec of the win. I’m really happy with my performance cause first of all the italian guys are fast and they had been doing a lot of training there and I hadn’t. Second for not knowing the track hundred percent and not having the best preparation, I did the best of the situation and turned up when I had to.
Now we are on our way to Fort William one long trip ahead of us. I can’t do more preporation wise for this weekend but and I’m feeling really ready for the Worldcup there!