International Race Reports and Upcoming Races
Jess’s race report is coming soon…….
I’ve been in Europe for a month now and raced in three races so far, including two world cups. I’ve been based in Switzerland, which is ridiculously pretty, and every time I’m out on a training ride I just want to stop and take photos!
My first race was a 33km single lap race in Switzerland, which I placed 7th in elite women. It was a stunning ride, with cowbells as the music as we raced past farms and paddocks. I then traveled to Czech Republic and met up with some of the 4Ever Bikes NZ racing team (that has just launched and I really excited to be a part of) to stay with for the first two world cup races.
Nove Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic was the first world cup. It was a really fun but tough track, with steep climbs, lots of roots, and some techy rock gardens. This was my first world cup I’d been to and was so exciting to be in the atmosphere of the event. I even got a hello from Pauline Ferrand-Prevot! My actual race itself was an experience, the crowds were deafening (I’m pretty sure it took me a good 24hrs to get my hearing back). The other girls were also super fast. I found myself near the back of the pack, but I did have a consistent race. It was rather disappointing, but this is my first year racing on the world stage and I had no idea what to expect!
We then traveled to Albstadt in Germany for the next world cup a week later. It was a completely different course; if I thought Nove Mesto was steep, Albstadt was even steeper, up AND down. It was a very technical course with some very fun sections in it, from rocks to drops and jumps. My race here went better, in terms of my legs were going faster and I was able to pass more riders in the last half of the race. However I had a collision with a few other riders in the start loop, which bent my derailleur and I lost my easiest gear (which I desperately needed!), and I had two dropped chains in high speed sections. I finished a few places better than last week, but I know I could’ve had a better placing if I didn’t have those mechanicals. However, that’s what happens in racing and I am keeping the training up to hopefully improve in the Andorra and Swiss world cups in a few weeks.
I’ve got a couple of Swiss Bike Cup races too before then, so those will be good to get more race experience under the belt! Big thank you to everyone who helped me get over here, the support both in Europe and back home has been amazing. For those who aren’t following it already, I have a Facebook page called Charlotte Rayner Mountain Bike Athlete where I let everyone know how I’m going with training and racing!
Has now arrived in Les Gets with the MTB National Performance Hub Team for his world cup campaign.
His upcoming races are:
14-18 June Crankworx Les Gets, France
21-25 June Crankworx Innsbruck, Austria
0 Jun -2 July UCI World Cup Vallnord, Andorra
7-9 July UCI World Cup Lenzerheide, Switzerland
http://7-9 July UCI World Cup Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Leaves NZ to ride in the following races:
8-9 July Saalbach Hinterglemm Austria – Specialised Rookies Cup
14-16 July Ilmenau Germany – IXS German DH Cup
21-23 July Spicak Czech Republic – European DH Cup
11-20 August Whistler – Crankworx
World Champs Selection
The Cycling NZ MTB team (both XC and DH) will be announced next week, Wed 15th June and will detail the riders chosen to represent NZ in the World Champs later in the year. There are 3 PCBC riders on the long list, Jessica Manchester, Josh Oxenham and Charlotte Rayner, so fingers crossed for their selection to the NZ Cycling MTB Team.
Good luck to all the riders – what an amazing experience for you all!