I came 37th at a cold and wet at Val d’Isere World Cup. Perfect for the Scots!

Img00583-20120728-1708

It started badly though. In the pens before the race, the Italian Lapierre distributor came up and shook my hand violently. He was a bear of a man who didn’t spot my bandaged broken finger in his excitement. So I minced to the start line (53rd on the grid) with a throbbing wee finger as well as the usual pounding heart. I started and stayed in control this time, not my usual style where I whip off the line like I’m in a 100m sprint rather than a 30km xc race. In so doing I didn’t completely blow, a novelty for me at a World Cup. I came through at the start of the 2nd lap in 34th place and felt pretty good. It was slippery and tricky on course in places but I managed to hold my position by keeping it smooth where others were not. Then I crashed. Not badly but enough to lose a few seconds which, at this level, equates to a few places. Here I stayed in a battle with a group of chasing riders until I got pulled a lap from the end. I’d like to say I was disappointed not to finish on the same lap as the lead riders, I was in such a world of pain by then that I nearly kissed the guy who snipped my transponder off. I finished 37th. 15 places up on my start grid. No bad. Now I have a holiday with my sister in this god forsaken place. Single track everywhere and enough dramatic scenery to shake a stick at. Sunny too. Shame. Sent using BlackBerry® from Orange

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s