A long day of racing in Cortina

After the European Cups in Puy St Vincent, Charlotte was in Cortina, talie this weekend for 2 more European Cups.

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Arrived in Cortina on Thursday after a long drive with snow most of the way. Friday was supposed to be the training day but due to the heavy snowfall over night and the high winds, training was canceled.

 

 

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Saturday was the first race of the weekend. A long day ahead of us with training and qualification in the morning and then finals in the evening. Happy to discover a good course with some nice bank turns witch looked fun. Even though the snow was slow,  I had fun in training and was looking forward to racing.

After a good time in my first qualification, happy to finish second after the 2 qualification runs. After that it was time to have a bit of time to rest before the finals starting at 6pm.
Some great heats witch were tight at the start meaning the starts were very important, very good training for me.
Winning my quarterfinal and semifinal, I was into the final against 2 Italians Michela and Rafaella and British rider Zoe. After a good start, I was second into the first bank and waiting for a little space to overtake Michela. In the fourth bank turn took the inside of the Italian and overtook her and stayed in front until the finish.
A great win for me, really happy with my riding after a long day of riding finishing at 8pm. And well done to Zoe who finished 3rd. Good race for Pierre Vaultier who won the mens race.
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Sunday’s race got canceled due to strong wind.
Well done to Chloe Trespeuch and Nathan Birrien for their medals in the University Games in Spain.
Now a couple of days rest at home, off to Germany next weekend for 2 more European Cups before starting the world Cup circuit beginning of March in Squaw Valley, USA.
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