It’s always a challenge to write a report on a race that just doesn’t go well. In the past, a large gap in my web updates usually indicated that I just wasn’t performing quite how I’d like and not in a great mental spot.
It's strange to sit down and write an update from last weekend's final US Cup race in Colorado Springs, CO after my first day of training on the World Cup course in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. A part of successfully racing back-to-back race weekends is becoming adept at switching gears after a race and immediately start preparing for the next event.
When I won the Whiskey Off-Road last year, it felt like a bit of an upset and I even surprised myself. This year, I worked on internalizing the idea that I was the rider to beat.
For the 3rd round of the US Cup, we were back on the dusty slopes of Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA. The course hardly resembled the first version only a few weeks prior--it was far better despite a chewed up track with plenty of loose corners, braking bumps and enough rocks to carefully consider tire selection. This was an HC level event, which means there are enough UCI points up for grab to attract some top-international racers.
There is nothing more assuring than lining up at a start line and knowing that you've done your homework, and done it well. I felt that and it was awesome.
Chloe Woodruff and Kaylee Blevins have paired up on the brand new Team Stan's NoTubes-Niner for 2015.