2013 was a year to remember. It was my third year racing on the world cup circuit and brought along with it many learning experiences.
The season started of in Bathurst, Australia for the Newton’s Nation IDF world cup race. This, being the first race of the year, was a chance to see which riders had improved and gave a preview of what was to come. After practice and qualifying was the first competition of the event, the Top Ten Shootout. In this event the top ten qualifiers take one final run to see who can get the fastest time on the hill. I took 1st in that event. On race day I came in 5th. That gave me the confidence boost I needed for the rest of the season.
My next race was a world cup down in San Diego titled Angie’s Curves. It was by far the most difficult race I have competed in. The track was fast, technical and ate up wheels. I could not dial in my setup and went out first round leaving me left to think about what I could do next time to make my setup work for me.
Over the next four races in Canada, USA, France, and Czech Republic, I dealt with dirty racing, poor event organization, and crashes, causing my raking and chances of finishing in the top 5 to plummet. All those things are fairly common in racing so I took it as an opportunity to learn what I could’ve done differently and used it to help improve the organization of races.
My last segment of the 2013 IDF world cup series brought me down to South America. The first race took place in Bogota, Colombia. It was an extremely difficult race, but I ended up taking 1st. This marked my first world cup win of the 2013 season. After filming for two weeks, I made my way to Belo Horizonte, Brazil for the last world cup of the year. It was a new race and Brazilians had a clear home field advantage having trained on the track. I had a difficult second heat and went out in the first corner. It was tight racing and sometimes things just don’t go your way.
After two years of being ranked 4th in the world cup series, 2013 was a sign that things are changing. I will take this as an opportunity to change up the way I train and come back stronger next year.