The last 2 weeks have been enjoyable, sad, exciting and tiring all in one. I flew back home from racing in Rockford and pin pointed a lot of areas I needed to scrub up on and fine tune before heading into my last race out in south park, Pennsylvania. Rockford felt like a smack in the face not making mains there as i knew i was capable of. Training over these past 2 weeks has finally seen some much needed gains mentally and physically smashing gates and track sessions with the world’s fastest dudes down in Chula Vista, San Diego. Also getting back into the full swing of things in the gym with my back and being able to lift some decent amount of weight with force instead of what felt like baby weights with the rehab stuff.
I flew out to Rockford on Thursday and had to rise and shine at a
burner of a time of 4am.and no surprises we arrived to the east coast in typical
east coast fashion.... thunder storms.
Turned up to the track with the team for practise and the sky’s where clear. Thee best track I have ridden since being out here! Nice flat first straight to lay down some horse and from the first turn on, the track was all downhill from there, felt like I was hitting 6th gear tapped! Definitely would be in my top 10 tracks ridden.
Day 1 of racing came around I went through motos qualifying into quarters easily. Quarters came and I got thee worst gate of the day by a long shot but got very lucky with a rider going down in the last turn and qualifying through with the 4th spot into the semi finals. Semis came and I punched out pretty solid sitting in second to the second jump until my skills kicked in and bounced out of the triple letting a few riders go by. That was my day done with a 5th not making it through
and having to watch the finals on the side lines.
Day 2 woke up bright and too early for racing. Practise went well and started to feel like my old self again like I did when I first turned up out here 3 months ago. Everything started clicking and motos went well qualifying through easily, finally finding the much needed consistency which I had been chasing since Rockford! Quarters came around and the sky’s started to darken. I got lane 4 and got the best gate of the day and holeshoted to the triple but Corban got over it just a little cleaner then me and had inside and got under me into the first turn where i stayed for the rest of the lap qualifying out of quarters in second. Straight after going over the line, it pissed down! So the uci and aba decided to deem the track unsafe for us to ride at our level and post the results on quarter final lap times. Probably the best decision I’ve seen these guys make as amateurs where washing out down the straights due to the mud. This seeded myself in 5th pace overall which i took home some much needed money heading back to New Zealand.
I’m really going to miss this place and hopefully everything going
right, it will be my second home in the near future. Best place to train, live
and breathe for this sport so hopefully ill be back in September to carry on
chasing the dream which is slowly getting a hell of a lot
A big thank you shout out to my homie Marc Willers for the support and
place to live and train with the world’s best. Without you mate none of this
would have been possible! Also a big thank you to the team at Crupi bicycles for
the support whilst being out here racing in California. Box Components for
keeping my bike stiff as hell and letting the horse do its work! The guys at Taranaki Elite Athlete Foundation and Bikenz for the continuous support. Also to all the
people over here I’ve had the pleasure of meeting on the way in training and out
at the races. Hopefully see you all soon in a few months!!!
Time to keep chasing and prepping for worlds in two weeks. Time to
catch a flight...over and out