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My 4th World Championship event didn’t end up as I had dreamed. After finding my form again at the Commonwealth Games I had high hopes for the World Champs but I didn’t have the legs I needed to be truly competitive on the day. I had a great start entering the single track first which allowed me some clear trail and breathing space for a few minutes. After one lap I was starting to feel pretty smashed and had to back off to prevent blowing up completely. I was able to find my rhythm riding in around 5th position. The riders at the pointy end of the race kept chopping and changing and with one lap to go I was still fighting for the 5th spot.

The American Howard Grotts flew past me on the last lap and he eventually came home in 3rd position. I couldn’t hold his wheel and finally crossed the line in 6th position. Not the rainbow stripes I had dreamed of but I left everything out on the track so can be satisfied knowing that I made the most of what the body could give on the day. Very motivated for next season and to put my bad luck from the past 2 years behind me! For now it’s time to relax and hit the reset button. A huge thanks to my family, supporters, and my main sponsors; Cannondale, Oakley, SKY Next and also BikeNZ for all the support they have provided and giving me such a great platform to go forward off. Looking forward to proving what I’m capable of next season! Bring it.

  Cooper

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