Brits on tour!
I’ve never been to Euro champs before but with it being 2 weeks before worlds it was going to be good preparation. Euro’s this year was held at Szczawno zdroj, Poland. The place holds some good memories for me as earlier in the year I won my first 4X ProTour here and now it was time to try again for Euro Champs.
It felt like more of a holiday than a race. Travelling out with a good bunch of mates and well respected riders, banter all the way and just a chilled out relaxed trip.
Official practise didn’t start until Friday evening but it wan open course all week so we were free to ride all day everyday. The track was looking prime, so we didnt waste anytime in getting riding. It definitely rode as well as it looked, fast, loose, unpredictable, just good fun! Tying to save my energy I spent the first day of practice just messing around with the rest of the GB team, drifting corners, sending jumps and more importantly manual contests!
Saturday it was time to get down to business, it was a long day of practice, qualifying and racing all in one day. I was feeling real good in practice, more to the point just loving riding, the track was so much fun I almost forgot I was there to race! For qualifying I gave it everything and it turned out well, I had a good solid run and crossed the line in first place.
I was sat watching the guys race and just getting more and more pumped to ride! Although it looked like one of the hardest races to race I couldn’t wait to get back out there. After a fairly long wait since quali’s I found it hard to focus coming in to my first heat. I had a shocking gate but managed to claw it back and got through to the final.
Nervous but excited, sat on the gate for the final looking down at the crowd just waiting and watching. I knew all I had to do was get a good gate and I’d be in for a good result. The gate dropped and I had the best gate of my life! I was out in front and led to the first corner. I could feel and hear the other girls on my tail but just stayed focused and had a real good run. As I hit the last jump I was already smiling, I crossed the line first and claimed the title of European Champ! So so happy and even more it has giving me the confidence I need to go in to Worlds with.
It was such a good week with some awesome mates and some good laughs, I now just can’t wait till Worlds, Bring on World Champs.