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First world cup done and dusted. I’ve not had the best start running up to the begining of the season with a 2 major injuries one after the other. Before heading out to the Belgium I had been having treatment everyday with Team Breakthrough trying to repair the damage in my left shoulder to the AC joint. Two weeks off the bike because of my shoulder left me feeling way off the pace but I tried to put this behind me and just concentrate on the race. Unfortunately my shoulder still wasn’t up to scratch so I knew I just had to take it steady for the duration of practise.
Practise began Thursday evening and the track was mega dusty which meant all the inside lines were super loose. The track was fairly tame with no major technical sections or big jumps, just fast and loose so you couldn’t afford to make any mistakes in qualifying or racing as times were so close. All practise I was struggling with the fastest inside lines as I just didn’t have the strength in my shoulder yet to hold the lines which didn’t matter much for qualifying but come racing I was left with the outside lines. This paid off in my first heat as I managed to avoid the carnage between Steffi Marth and Neza Knez in the 2nd corner and cruised past them in to second position allowing me to qualify for the next heat.
My next heat didn’t go as well as I lost a lot of time taking the outside line on the first corner and just simply couldn’t catch them up, placing me into the small final. I didn’t have the best gate in the small final but just managed to sneak into 3rd place around the first corner but couldn’t quite make the move up to 2nd place no matter how hard I tried. So I ended up 7th place overall which I was pretty happy with, It’s a steady start to the season but it’s a few points on the score sheet and I can hopefully improve on this result at Maribor in 2 weeks time.

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