Argentina is always a culture shock making me appreciate the little things in the world and especially New Zealand. Practise came and went and with the track not changing since last year it made for a relatively easy practise working on the weaknesses I had from the previous year. Qualification racing came and went sitting in 12th going into day two finals day. Finals day I really struggled to put it together down the hill just getting cut off each lap and struggling to work my way through the pack and getting pushed off the last straight blowing my points out ending my day in 1/8ths.
It was then onto the burn of a travel to Medellin Colombia for a few days to trial out the World Championships track. After all the story’s of how steep it was and how gnarly it was, I was expecting to have to get really turnt up and get the job done but upon a few little changes and tweaks here and there of the track, it was relatively easy to get used to and complete everything. The city s amazing, the people are great and the coffee…WOW! This place will make for a good event come May.
I then headed to Manchester England to get ready for the next world cup. This track being the most physically and mentally demanding on the circuit made for some good sessions on the track building up and in practise. We landed at 8am in Manchester and with 3 hours sleep, had a session on the track and got everything jumped and completed. First official practise came around and it was straight to racing. My weekend ended in qualification motos unfortunately for this race due to battling for the lead into turn 1 with 2 others going down luckily only coming away with grazes. This race seen more crashes than I have ever seen at one event reminding me why BMX is in my opinion one of the craziest sports around!
I have just recently landed here in Aigle Switzerland to a hot sunny day, the mountains full if snow and ready to get out and shred one of the best tracks in the world. Papendal in 3 weeks…..lets go!