Continuing on from Leogang, I’m going to spice up the blog format this weekend and so hereby I present to you, Kranjska Gora European Cup (Slovenia) in Pie chart format, we’ll start things off easy:
When we got to the top, we decided to go down a flow trail, this made up for the bad decision we made in riding up. It went pretty close to the Dh track so we had a quick look at a few sections before trackwalk the next day.
The next day we got a look at the race track which was broken down into the following:
This would directly be affected by the following weather outcomes:
And turn the aforementioned track makeup (still not the mascara) into the following:
Ok so, onto practice: Day one
I felt really good on the bike after day one. A short but intense track with both high speed and slow speed sections, great fun to ride and a nice change having less pressure than the previous two World Cups.
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Weather watch, day two:
I have to say, during practice I really wasn’t feeling too good and was reasonably apprehensive towards qualifying, despite less pressure; I was really looking to get myself on the podium, preferably top step and wanted to put a solid run in on practice day to help set this up.
The other thing about IXS cups that I want to mention is that you see some quite crazy goings on during practice with people pushing it right to the limit and quite often well beyond as shown below:
With all the excitement out of the way, I could focus on riding and after a quick lie down at home we headed up to put our best foot forward. Results below interesting graph:
Despite the above, I felt fast and finished in 3rd place in qualifying just .4 of a second back and couldn’t wait to have another go on race day!
Weather watch day 3:
With the above locked in, let’s take a quick look at what was going through my head on track:
OK, race time. This time each of the sectors represents a quarter of the track, a note about each and the size of the sector is how satisfied I was with each:
I crossed the line in 3rd place and was immediately disappointed knowing of the big mistake after the split time. I’m not sure why I unclipped, I wasn’t doing anything unusual but for some reason they popped out. That said, super glad to save my run and get to the bottom. With only two guys left I was still on the podium and looking to stay in 3rd if at all possible.
When it was all said and done, I finished in 4th place. Happy but not satisfied, I guess it’s hard when you are only .6 off the win however some podium time and a little bit of cash will help keep things moving forward! Really looking forward to a weekend off before we head back to Italy for the next IXS cup round in Abetone!
I also managed to land a bit of time in the highlight reel from the weekend that you can see below (Starting at around the 2.55 mark)
Annnnnnddd just to finish this off: