After what has been one amazing season, the last round of the 4X ProTour 2013 came to an end this weekend in Leogang, Austria. With 4/4 wins in the previous rounds of the ProTour I was coming in to this round with a slightly different out look on the race. The 4X world champs is this weekend coming and with that being my biggest aim of the year I just wanted to get through the weekend risk free, un injured ready to be 100% fit for world champs. Also knowing I had wrapped up the overall series (another major goal of mine) I knew I didn’t have to take any big risks.
As the World champs are next weekend it brought a stacked field of women out to race the ProTour so racing with such a stacked field was going to be probably the hardest race of the year. My qualifying run was good, I didn’t make any major mistake but I lacked energy and power in my legs at the end of my run. I crossed the line in 2nd place just 0.3sec behind Anneke Beerten.
My first two knock out heats I wanted to play it safe and save some energy for the final, out of the gate I gave it 100% for the first 3 straights and backed off for the rest of the run just keeping it smooth and getting to finish in the top 2 to make it through to the next heat. Luckily my game plan worked and I made it through to the final.
As the gate dropped for the final all myself, Anneke and Caroline were battling bar to bar down to the first corner, with Anneke being on the inside she swept out in front as I followed on her tail in 2nd. As we came on to the 2nd straight I swept up way to high leaving Caroline to push past leaving me in 3rd. As we dropped in to the pro straight Caroline and Anneke crashed together leaving Anneke on the floor and Caroline out front. Coming down the 4th straight I was slowly catching Caroline but just didnt quite have the speed in to the last corner to make a move. We crossed the finish line with Caroline taking the win and myself in 2nd.
I was happy with 2nd place and even more happy to take the overall series. It’s been a great year racing with everyone and I’ve loved every minute of it. This weekend is World Champs the biggest race of the year so keep checking back for updates as well as on Facebook And Twitter @katycurd.