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South Africa, World Cup #1 – Good and Bad, I’ll take it.

Knocked the 1st Mountain Bike World Cup out of the way and title sums it all up. There was some good and also some bad (not really bad) just lacking? Anyways, loved the course and with everything becoming more “Red Bull-ized!!” the course’s seem to be getting faster, more technically demanding and also more spectator friendly which is important. We work hard for 50 weeks of the year…. its great that we as athletes can showcase that hard work and effort to the world each time we step onto the stage.  Thanks Red Bull and everyone else that contributes to the show.

The race went as good as it could have… after skipping 2 World Cups last year due to illness and simply lack of racing…. I was penalized by my start position on what is such a fast course in South Africa.  To make it worse, it seemed like the whole left side went backwards and the right side / wave of ladies went forwards. After a poor start, I hit the gas, quickly went from 30′s and up top 10 in the first 2 laps only to hit a bit of a plateau… It takes some serious horsepower to move through the field of a World Cup and especially on a high speed course.  Relatively happy with 9th although you always want more from yourself and also kept it upright the whole race which is always positive :) (keeping in mind the gap jumps, rock gardens, drop, etc.)

Onward to Australia! Oh, and BTW… give me a shout out on Twitter while racing at the World Cups and we will try and embed your tweets into the post race report of each World Cup, see below for example.

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Trek Factory Racing | 2014 team intro video

Few pictures to start the season….

Happy to be back on the start line, placed 4th place in Texas after following the old course route on the first lap....

Happy to be back on the start line, placed 4th place in Texas after following the old course route on the first lap….

Feeling strong and happy with my early season fitness, hoping to go up from here, never doubt...

Feeling strong and happy with my early season fitness, hoping to go up from here, never doubt…

Left chasing in Bonelli HC race.... soloed in for a 3rd place finish, happy to be healthy more then anything else....

Left chasing in Bonelli HC race…. soloed in for a 3rd place finish, happy to be healthy more then anything else….

My fitness continuing to build, felt happy with being more agressive in Fontana placing 3rd in the XCO and 2nd the STXC...

My fitness continuing to build, more aggressive in Fontana placing 3rd in the XCO and 2nd the STXC…

Home for a few days before the South Africa World Cup... not ideal training conditions but I can mentally make do ;)

Home for a few days before the South Africa World Cup… not ideal training conditions but I can mentally make do ;)

Just a Tease….

Hoping this summer can be just as good as last year with Pfaff Volkswagen.

Training Camp Begins…

Well, just that time of year again :)

Also, if you are in the Ontario, Canada area make sure you get here!!! @Joyride150 This is a don’t miss for all the ladies.

Happy Holidays

Best wishes for 2014!

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All the best in 2014! Thanks for your continued support.

Winter Wonderland

Spent the last weekend in Collingwood putting in a nice little training block consisting of Hot Yoga, Snowshoeing and Spin Classes.  It always feels good to diversify with some other sports and activities other then cycling especially when you have a hefty amount of snow to play in.

We arrived on the Friday and jumped straight into a Hot Yoga class at BuddhaRider which is a Yoga / Spin Studio that’s actually owned and operated by close friends, Simon and Shirlee Williams.  They kept us pretty busy all weekend loading up on morning spin classes, hot yoga classes in the afternoon and a tons of snowshoeing in the late afternoon.  It pretty much snowed all weekend which made for perfect conditions.

Overall such a fun weekend of exploring and enjoying Collingwood with good friends.

The spin studio at BuddhaRider.

The spin studio at BuddhaRider.

BuddhaRider Reception.

BuddhaRider Reception.

-15 never stopped anyone.

-15 never stopped anyone.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Nice to meet you :)

Nice to meet you :)

When in Canada….

Serve it chilled :) We finally have some snow.
Emily Batty Red Bull

Liam Murphy Edit | It’s all about 2014!

Thanks Liam Murphy for this video edit. Really looking forward to the 2014 season.

Succesful Year for Trek Factory MTB

Woo Hoo :)