Tabor World Cup RD1 race report – Ian Field
Tabor was the chosen venue for the opening round of the World Cup season this year, a proven course which has hosted World and European Championships in the past. It is a parkland based course which offers very little in terms of a technical challenge but what it lacks in that it certainly makes up for with its long strength sapping drags and numerous hard remount sections which force gaps between the riders. With such dry conditions a bunch racing form of racing was inevitable from the off making a good start to follow the fast wheels early on was particularly important. I got a good start but lost out through the first series of corners, for anyone who hasn’t ridden a World Cup it’s as chaotic as it looks! Especially at the first race of any series, everyone wants to make their mark on proceedings even if it’s to only be a one lap wonder. I have to wait until the first pit to really gauge how I have come off of the first quarter lap, 26th, not a disaster I can usually move forward from here. I settled into a good working group for the majority of the race I tried to work things out for the closing lap racing for a respectable 26th position however plain and simple I got out raced. I had to come in for a disappointing 32nd place wondering what might have been given a bit of luck through the first few corners. However what I will say is this ‘luck’ tends to work itself out over the course of a season so I am looking forward to my chance, possibly next week in the second round of the series again here in the Czech Republic this time in Plzen.