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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

BC Cup #2- Turner DH, Nanaimo BC

After a few weeks of rest following BC Cup #1 I was itching to get another race under my belt. My result at Race the Ranch was not what I had hoped it to be, and so I found myself looking forward to some redemption as we headed across to Nanaimo for the second BC Cup of the year. After quickly getting settled into our campsite, we rushed over to the course and managed to get a couple laps in. The course was super fun and it was nice getting a sneak preview as to what we would be up against through the weekend. During practice on Friday I had the opportunity to do a walk through and session a bunch of lines with one of our newest CCN female riders; this was particularly helpful as it was a great way for me to analyze the course. There was just one jump I had some issues with, and at the end of the day I decided to pump through it and go with the strategy of staying on my bike.
(Photo by Greg Woods Olsen)

On race day we got an early start and I was able to get in three training runs, and as the race got under way I felt confident with all my lines. There was such a mixed bag of weather that day I decided to walk the course before I had to make my way to the start line. I was pretty happy the rain tapered off just before the elite and Jr. Categories got underway as this made for some ideal conditions for the lower half of the course. As I came through the finish line I was happy to have stayed on my bike and know that I put everything into those last few pedal strokes; I crossed my fingers and hoped that I was able to podium this time around.

As the crowed huddled around the results board I waited anxiously for the women's standings to come up, I was so stoked when I saw my name in the 2nd place slot! Despite having high aspirations for myself, coming into this, my first year racing pro/elite, I really had no idea what to expect and being able to make the jump to a podium finish after only two races was a great feeling. It certainly lit a "fire under my butt", as I want to clench that top spot. I am certain that with such an amazing team behind me, it is only a matter of time.

I am now setting my sights on the Fluid Ride Cup in Whistler, BC this coming weekend!