Plzen World Cup RD2 race report
Plzen has been a World Cup for Elite men for 3 seasons now and becoming a regular on the circuit, in my personal opinion I don’t know why. Normally a dirt crit style race with a few banks and the infamous stair case offers little to sort the best from the rest with small time gaps being the name of the game. I Have never pulled off a great ride here which is probably why I feel this way but a top 30 is always within my grasp on this sort of course. This year couldn’t have been any more different!! With 24hrs of snow leading up to the event the course was left saturated and could only be described as a mud fest. With such heavy conditions and slippy corners a lot of the course had been transformed into such a state that the quickest way around was with the bike on your shoulder running. By my quick calculations after the race I performed approx. 75 dis/remounts of the bike to say you couldn’t get into a rhythm was an understatement, I’m not the World’s fastest runner but can usually hold my own and not feel the effects too badly once back on the bike. After a mediocre start once again I couldn’t really move forward and ended the epic race in 35th position. I rode with my head and was well aware that a good paced ride would get me the best result. I could get down about another average weekend but I will move forward from this, these races were not a goal for myself and I got a heavy weeks training in-between the two World Cups in so when I do get to a Goal event I will be prepared and hopefully the results will follow.