On Monday the qualifications took place for the boarder-cross event of the World Championships in La Molina. the warm up to the two qualification runs went rather well for me and so I went into the starts with more confidence that I thought I would have after the training runs which were pretty scary for me. Nevertheless the pressure from such a big event definitely got to me at the start! On the first qualification run everything was going well until after the third turn where I got into a technical section where it is pretty quick with two rollers and then a big jump. I went of the jump and was leaning a little too far forward and crashed out doing a front flip on landing. This ended my run.
On my second run I still had my crash a little bit in my head and just wanted to get down to the bottom of the course to get a respectable result, and in the end I wasn’t as fast as I could have been and finished 55th 4 and a half seconds behind the fastest.
My brother finishing 6th after the qualifications was really cool and I went up to watch him and the rest of the field on tuesday which was impressive watching them hurtle themselves down that course four people at a time. Will finished 13th and Pierre Vaultier the winner of the World Cups 5th. Unluckily at the same time we got a call that my sister Charlotte had just hurt herself, broken her pelvis, ending her season.
I am really happy to have competed in this event though, as it was a much bigger course than any other that I have yet encountered in the European Cup I have been doing up-till now and the opponents were considerably better! Racing against the best in the world is an amazing experience! I feel that I have gained a lot of experience and confidence that I will hopefully be able to carry onwards to the University Championships in Turkey next weekend and for the rest of the season!