The first big contest of the year, the World Cup #1 in South African Pietermaritzburg
After some great results on Cyprus, I had hoped to do better than an 18th place, which ended up being my result in Pietermaritzburg. I did my best on the day, so in that way, I’m happy about my performance. There was no more in my legs. Everytime I tried to push it a little more on the climbs, I really had difficulties to get my legs going afterwards. So my strategy turned out to get as smoothly and efficiently through each lap with what I had. Funny enough, I first started to feel a little stronger towards the end of the race. The course itself was a tough one and very much “either or”. Either very physical demanding fast singletrack / climbing or very tecnical stuff with big rocks and jumps. Just what world cup courses are supposed to be like – testing your skills and physic to the limit.
This first world worldcup of the season however was a great awakener for me how high world cup level racing is. That’s why I look forward to the next one in Belgian Houffalize in the middle of April.