Wow, what a few weeks…. Windham was a push and just trying to hang onto some fitness was a task these last 2 weeks considering my last training block was well over 7 weeks ago.
My coach and I figure it never hurts to race in a slightly under-trained state and especially when the travel fatigue is heavy… you’re better off to keep the immunity strong while getting ready for some hard training with World Champs on the horizon. The last 5 weeks have been hectic to say the least and nonetheless I have really enjoyed them. 4 podiums out of 5 races in 5 weeks… I’m really happy with how everything has went.
The first race was the Canada Cup in Sudbury. It was a C2 and every point counts heading towards World Champs & next year, it was a must on my calendar and I was able to take the win.
The Commonwealth games was a really good experience for the Olympics in Rio. Absolutely nothing can prepare you for an Olympics other then pure experience and this was a great opportunity to perform on a grand stage in an uncontrolled environment. I was fortunate enough to take home a Silver Medal for Canada. The race was extremely fast and competitive at the front, I had to find an extra gear in the fight for silver against my team mate Bec Henderson.
Immediately after Commonwealth Games (see race results/report) in Scotland, we jumped on a jet plane Wednesday (Raced Tuesday) and headed to Quebec City for the World Cup in MSA. I was still feeling in good from my training block in Boulder, Colorado during June but at the same time…. I was starting to loose the snappy feeling in my legs and the ability stand up and get out of the saddle when I wanted to but regardless, I still wanted to put it together on home soil… I battled hard and was a solid 3rd place for most of the race until 2 riders nipped me for 3rd and 4th in the last lap of the race. MSA wasn’t really a course where you would follow wheels…. if you had the legs, you would go straight to the front so I kept the pressure on and secured a 5th place podium spot when 6th and 7th were charging hard potentially snagging precious podium spots.
Windham was a hard race as usual. The course is a unique layout that suites a sustained climber and also a rider that can make up some time on the descents, many free seconds to be had as Adam would say and there was. Early in the morning (of race day) after a quick course inspection, I realized the course was completely blown out and made a last minute decision to switch my front tire from a 2.0 dry tire to a 2.2 Intermediate (Bontrager XR2 to be exact) I gave up a little on the ascent with the added weight and made up for it & then some on the descent. I finished 8th and made the most of what I had on the day…. I ended up finishing exactly 2 mins behind the winner which was the exact same time deficit as Mont-Sainte-Anne…. It’s been a consistent few weeks and I’m ready to get back to business and prepare for World Champs in Norway… only 4 weeks to go and I’m not looking for much more.
Thank you everyone for making this journey so well worth it.
Happy to be fighting for podium spots and medals for yet another week (4 of 5)
Next up is Whindham New York, thank you everyone for all of your support.
Results from MSA World Cup
1 Jolanda Neff * (Sui) Liv Pro XC Team 1:43:03
2 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team at 1:03
3 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 1:34
4 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing XC 1:40
5 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing 2:00
6 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team 2:56
7 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra Felt Pb Kenda Bike Team 4:10
8 Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing XC 4:19
9 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 5:33
10 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team 5:47
11 Annie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing 5:55
1 NEFF Jolanda * SUI LIV PRO XC TEAM 900
2 BATTY Emily CAN TREK FACTORY RACING 590
3 ZAKELJ Tanja SLO UNIOR TOOLS TEAM 588
4 SPITZ Sabine GER SABINE SPITZ HAIBIKE PRO TEAM 580
5 DAHLE FLESJAA Gunn-Rita NOR MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM 560
Pretty happy to get a medal in Glasgow 2014 and so thankful for everyone’s support! A full report coming soon. Hugs!
I can’t help it, I love flowers and so do you! I’m pretty sure I wait 250 days a year for summer to roll around… love the sun, love nature and love being outside….
Sometimes the result isn’t a direct reflection of the performance and today was one of those days…. (I felt pretty dam good) I really do cherish every time I get the opportunity to race in front of a hometown crowd and Hardwood Ski and Bike offered just that.
Basically local trails to me, I love this terrain and the trails that played host to #canMTBchamps 2014…. fun, twisty, flowy single-track and the technical features littered the course. Right from the start, Catherine and I quickly separated ourselves from the competition. We traded a few passes against each other, tried a few tactics and finally after 4 of 5 laps the elastic band broke and I was left fighting for seconds and a second place finish. I’m sad with second place because I absolutely love representing Canada as the National Champion but in the same breath…. It had to be some of the fastest racing all year and I’m really happy with how my form is right now……. next up, Commonwealth Games in Scotland! Wish me luck!
Thank you soooooo much everyone for the support!
Link to race report and amazing photo report on ridingfeelsgood.com Only the best from Marc Landry
Results for Top 5:
|1 Catharine Pendrel (BC) Luna Pro Team||1:34:28|
|2 Emily Batty (ON) Trek Factory Racing||at 0:45|
|3 Sandra Walter (BC) Liv/giant Canada||6:18|
|4 Mikaela Kofman (ON) Scott-3Rox Racing||9:14|
|5 Amanda Sin (ON) Scott-3Rox Racing||11:05|
13th in Germany is a improvement when compared to my position last week in Czech although it’s still not what I show up to these race’s for. Ranked 6th place overall in the World Cup Series at the moment and looking for big improvements over this next 2 months. First, it’s time to take a break, have some fun, transition my training and start prepping for the later half of the season. I’m inspired by all my friends and fans, thank you for your love and stay tuned
Also, hugs to my team Trek Factory Racing for a well spent couple of weeks while on the road traveling and racing.