Mini Downhill

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Another successful weekend, I love racing the Mini Downhill events as they are super chilled out and just great fun to ride. With so many new riders and racers entered in to the races it’s far from serious and all about having fun, exactly what riding your bike should be about.

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Its so great to see the women’s field stacked with competition yet again and with current Enduro World champ Tracy Moseley entered I knew the competition was going to be though. Tracy is a good friend of mine and has helped me out as a rider since day one so it was great to be able to start racing against her once again.

I was feeling good during practice and managed to get a good few practice runs in thanks to Fly-Up uplift service. The track its self was fairly simple so there wasn’t to much to learn it was just a case of trying to push myself to get up to speed and trying to keep it smooth for a good time. For my first race run I really pushed hard, I had a good run, smooth and mistake free and got to the bottom with a time of 58.54 to put me in 1st place just half a second ahead of Tracy. For the second run I tried to push it a little too hard, I was making small mistakes all the way down just trying to go that little bit to fast. I crossed the line with a time of 58.27, so although it didn’t feel like it, it was just a little faster than my first run. Before I knew it though Tracy had came down with a time of 57.70 to take the win.

It was great to get back racing Tracy again and to be pushed to that level of competition. I was more than happy to come 2nd with times so tight and its now giving me that extra boost of motivation heading into race season.

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Group Coaching dates

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Group coaching dates in February:
3 hour group Enduro coaching: Sunday 16th February
£60 per person
Course will cover everything from
Body position to control and maximise your riding
Advanced Line choice
Advanced cornering technique
Riding steep terrain
Energy management
Jumps and drops at speed

3 Hour Intermediate downhill coaching course: 19th February
£60 per person
Course will cover everything from
Body position
Cornering technique
line selection
Root sections
Fast descents
Pumping through trails

The course will be at the Forest of Dean
Courses start at 10am
Please contact me via katy@katycurd.com for any questions and to book your place

End of season video

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2013 has been a great year for me, with full support from Rose Vaujany Team I was able to focus 100% on racing and I made sure I gave it everything. I had 3 goals coming in to the season, to take the win at Fort William, win the overall 4X Pro Tour Series and Win World Champs and although World Champs didn’t go quite to plan I can honestly say I gave it everything and 2013 has been the best year of racing ive had so far.

Since the end of season ive been making the most of not training! Ive been riding as much as possible, making the most of all the riding around my new home in the Forest of Dean and more importantly planning more riding for 2014. With 2013 coming to an end im looking forward to a change of focus in 2014. After having 2 years off I will be switching back to racing downhill. New challenges, new goals and new adventures a wait.

Thank you to everyone who has made 2013 possible for me and see you all next year.

End of season video

Trails Video

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Had a blast filming this with Manon Carpenter and Joey Gough. We all rode our individual disciplines alone and finally all got together to film the trails section and it was by far one of the best days riding ive ever had. These two girls know how to ride a bike!
Check out the new video edit filmed by Martin Zielinski.

http://www.pinkbike.com/video/344302

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World Champs

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The big race of the year. This year coming in to Worlds I was more confident, focused and ready for it than ever before.

20130927-114705 AM.jpgI always knew it was going to be the hardest race of my life so far but I’ve put everything in to this race so whatever the outcome I’ve done everything I could to get those rainbow stripes.

The biggest part of the race I knew was going to be qualifying, with inside gate pick on this track you really do have a big advantage. I qualified 3rd with what honestly had to be my worst qualifying run all year. Of course I wasn’t happy but I knew it wasn’t over, it was all to play for come race day.

The morning of race day I was trying to do anything to keep my mind off racing, so many thoughts running through my head. Just before racing Joost sat me down and to try calm me down, every word he said had so much meaning to it and he really did fill me with confidence. We were both here for a reason and that was to win that race. All or nothing.

Practice and racing seemed to fly by, before I knew it i had raced quarters and semi finals and I was jumping off the uplift ready finals. The only thing running through my mind in the uplift was jumping the lower pro line. None of the girls had jumped it in racing or practice so it was always going to be a do or die move! I jumped off the uplift and grabbed Will and asked him if he could ring the boys at the bottom to ask about the head wind on the pro line. Will has looked after me at every World Champs and knows exactly what to say to say to keep me calm and focused.

They called me up to the gate, i still hadn’t heard back from Will so was still in doubt. I sat in the gate and all I heard was Will shout ‘yes, send it’. The gate dropped and i gave it everything but Caroline and Anneke hit the first corner out in front. I swung wide in to the pro line to try build some speed. I was sat in third but knew i could make the move to second, I held back a bit and as we hit the bridge I gave it everything, I took off the first jump just behind Anneke and as I landed I cranked as hard as possible. I made it in to 2nd and before I knew it i was up in the air again flying over a jump I’d never hit before and wasnt even sure if I’d make it! Luckily I had enough speed to make it to the landing but it just wasnt enough to catch Caroline. Chasing through the rocks I knew it just wasnt enough, game over. I crossed the line in 2nd, with Caroline crowned the new World Champion. I felted so deflated that it was over, that was it but now looking back I know i gave it 110%, I really couldn’t of pushed any harder and I’m happy with how I rode. It really has been an amazing year and I’m already excited for next season. New challenges and new adventures.World Champs Video

4X ProTour Leogang

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.

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Leamington Spa, British 4X

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I cant quite believe the season is over already, the last round of the British 4X was held this weekend at Leamington Spa and what a race it was to finish on. All year at every round we have been pushing for more and more women to come race 4X and Leamington saw a record number of 18 girs racing. It was great to see so many new faces and it made racing real close and exciting to watch.

The weekend for me went real well, using this race as preparation for Worlds in a couple of months i was pushing hard and really trying to perfect everything. I had some close racing in my motos but managed to keep it controlled and smooth winning every round placing me through to quarter finals.

Quarter and semi finals again were tough battles making me push hard until the line, i managed to take the win for both heats placing me through to the finals. For the finals i got the snap and led down the first straight, in to the first corner i pushed as hard as ever trying to build as much speed as possible to stay in front. Leading in to the last technical straight i kept it controlled but pushing hard for speed. I managed to keep the led and cross the line out in front taking the win and even better wrapping up the series overall win as well.

Every round of the Britsh 4X this year has been mega fun to race and has been my best season to date. Its been amazing to see so many new faces racing and i already cant wait until next year.

JBC 4X Pro Tour

There was so much hype leading up to JBC, with world number 1 4X rider Tomas Slavic building the track it was bound to be a good one. After seeing all the helmet cameras and teaser videos leading up to the race I was really looking forward to riding there. After arriving and walking the track you could see how much effort had been put in to not only the track but the entire event.

Just walking the track i was getting excited, big pro lines, wooded sections, rock gardens, wall ride, everything that could be thrown in to the track was! First day of practice i was excited but also nervous, the track was big and fast and i knew one small mistake could end pretty badly.

After a couple of hours practice on the track the nerves were still there but i was smiling from ear to ear! The track was insane, one pedal of the start hill and you didnt need to pedal again until half way down the track. Ive never ridden a track where slowing down was the issue not trying to get up to speed!

Friday night was qualifying and if im honest i really didnt feel ready for it, i was struggling to decide which lines rode fastest and felt a little unprepared for it. As the gate dropped i had a good first straight but took a wide line in to chicken line which set me back on time. As i got in to the woods i hit my line but un-clipped on the exit losing even more time. from here i lost my focus completely ridding my lines but just couldnt let go off the brakes. I crossed the line 0.5 seconds behind Celine Gros placing me 2nd.

For the finals i was feeling 10 times better, i felt comfortable on track and was ready for racing. For my semi finals i had a good run, i got in to the first corner out in front and lead from there until the line placing me in the finals. With 2nd gate pick i knew i had to get a good gate to try edge in front by the first corner. The gate dropped and i was bar to bar with Celine until the first jump. As we landed i just edged in front a shot in to the first corner out in front. I dropped in to the chicken line hearing the other girls right close behind. As we came in to the woods multiple lines were taken by every rider but i managed to keep the lead and headed in to the rock garden. As i wet inside through the rocks i could hear Celine to my left taking the outside line to try gain some speed. I jumped out the rock still just in front and headed in to the last couple of corners. Heavily on the brakes to try and hit my line i rode the double on the last corner and pedalled to the final road gap. As i landed i crossed the finish line in the lead to take the win for the 4th round of the Pro Tour. With this being my 4th win of the series i managed to wrap up the overall series with still one round to spare. This being a big goal of mine i was over the moon and it was time to celebrate Czech style!

Forest of Dean Mini Downhill

What to do with a spare weekend at home, race of course! I havn’t raced downhill this year and after just receiving my new Rose beefcake downhill bike I thought I better give it a shot. The track was great, short but had a mixture of everything, flat corners, off camber roots, tight technical sections and a good amount of jumps to finish.

After a big old storm over night we were left with a wet, greasy track in the morning which made thing interesting and in my opinion more fun! I was switching between flats and clips all morning as it was quite a pedal power track but in the wet I was having some good foot out moments!

My first race run I opted for flats, off the start line I felt sluggish but soon picked up speed in the top corners. I felt quick through the top section and dropped in to the woods, I was surprised at how much it had dried out so tried to much it a little harder but think I tried a little to much and came off line! Trying to compose myself again I dropped in to the last section of jumps and tried to keep it smooth until the finish. I crossed the line in first place but knowing I had a lot more to give.

My second run I changed back to clip pedals as with a clean-ish run in the bag I could really push for a fast run. Out of the start I felt 10 times better with clips on, hit in to the first couple of corners but as I exited the last corner I lost the front wheel on a root and binned it in to the floor! Knowing I couldn’t get a faster time than my first run anymore I cruised it to the finish.

Luckily my first run time was enough to hold the win just in front of young gun Megan Wherry and 3rd position Lindsay Hanley. I had a great day racing on the big bike again, a lot practice to be done before I’m back up to speed but it for sure put a smile on my face and that’s what it’s all about!