UCI MTB XC World Cup Round 2 Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic
Beth Crumpton reports
After a great start to the World Cup season in Germany, I was more than looking forward to see how I could do at round 2 in the Czech Republic, after a speedy trip across Germany and a days’ worth of travelling, we arrived in the scenic country-side of the Czech Republic in the cross country ski region of Nove Mesto na Morave.
I had a week to prepare before my race on the Saturday, a few steady road rides and a couple of days on course and I was feeling good, rested and fresh and feeing good on the back of the previous world cup and I was really looking forward to it. The course was a great one, and one of my favourites, it consisted of 5 short climbs with roots and rocks everywhere, on the flat and downhill. All the features were man made, including rock gardens, drops and jumps which made it a really fun course and a great one to race on.
Saturday morning arrived and I had my lines dialled and was ready to race, my nerves were fluttering but nowhere near the amount as the previous week in Germany, I warmed up & put my tunes on and went to the start. All I needed was a good start to get in with the front of the race and see how long I could last there.
The gun went and again bad luck struck again when a group of girls crashed in front of me as the road started to bottle neck and I came tumbling down as well and got all tangled up and caught in bikes, a road crash is never nice, it hurt but I got back up and was on my own as I saw the kick up of dust from the back of the race ride away from me. Shaking my head my adrenaline kicked in, along with a little bit of anger I chased after the race, coming round the start loop in 40th place and 2mins down. I wasn’t going to let this stop me have a good ride, I knew I had good form and I wanted to better my position from last week so I could earn some more UCI points. I rode my own race picking of girls as I raced through, riding over the top of the climbs and descending as smooth as possible so I was able to recover but gain time at the same time. Lap 2 I was 22nd and moving forward, lap 3 I was 12th, the same position I finished the week before but with a handful of girls in front of me I wanted to get into the top 10. I made sure I wasn’t making in any stupid mistakes and rode well technically and climbed well, going into the last lap I’d got up to 8th spot and couldn’t believe it, I just had to hang on for one more lap. Last lap was a struggle and my early efforts were starting to hurt and the climbs started to feel longer and steeper, legs were burning and a girl was closing in on me who had earlier punctured, I just had to get to the top of the last climb and I knew I could pin the descent and gap some time on her in to get into the finishing straight first and sprint to the line.
I finished in 8th spot, my best race and best World Cup result ever, I finished the line in bits and just wanted to sit down and not get back up.
I was over the moon with my race and was just annoyed that I didn’t get the start I wanted, but there’s enough more races to come in order to get the start I want so I can get in with the front of the race. On the positive side I came away with a handful of more UCI points and even better some prize money!
It had been a great 10 days away, a lot learnt from yet another couple of mega World Cup experiences and looking forward to getting back in to another block of training in preparation for World Cup 3 in Val di Sole in Italy and the
European Championships in Berne, Switzerland.
In the mean time I have the 3rd round of the British Mountain Bike Series this weekend at Hopton woods, which I’m looking forward to as it’s a fun course to ride and looking forward to better my 3rd spot from round 2. Also keep an eye out of the British Cycling insight Zone for some video footage from the Czech republic from the race and interviews.