This weekend we were down in Switzerland for the first round of the UCI
World cup cyclo-cross season at the UCI headquarters in Aigle. It was a
wicked course, really interesting and I was really really happy as I got
my best world cup result since 2008/9 season.
Riding the course as always the day before we found loads of sections
really similar to our new cross training ground in Oudenaarde making me
feel at home straight away. There were a lot of short off camber sections
with loads of little bank ride/run ups, a sand pit, BMX wash board
section, steps and planks to constantly keep you on your toes.
We waited at the Cafe for Stef to finish in the managers meeting and
watched a few people still riding around making it look particularly
difficult which definitely inspired me for the next day ha ha!
When it came to the race the rain had stopped the course had dried and it
was getting faster by the minute.
With a good start I did a great undertaking manoeuvre on the first proper bend and was back up to the front group. With a few of the girls struggling on certain sections the
first lap was always going to be a little slower but I stuck to my lines
and tempo and by half way through the race was up to 6th place.
Hanka Kupfernagel was the next rider ahead of me but for 2 laps we rode at
the same pace just 6 seconds apart which was annoying but motivating at
the same time. Having used up all my energy it was not to be and on the
final lap I settled for a happy 6th place.
It was great to be back up close to the leaders after a not so great world
cup season last year and every week I’m growing in confidence and
can’t wait for next weekends 2nd round. With no Katie Compton on the
start line that’s got to be another spot right?!