The team made the decision to head to Dalby Forest a few days out as a final preparation race before the World Cup in Albstadt. After getting sick in Cairns a few weeks prior and after the long journey to Europe I wasn’t sure how I would fare in the race. We arrived in Dalby Forest the evening before the race and I found the time to do 2 laps on the course. The next day the race didn’t start until 3:20 pm so we had a bit of time to chill out and get ready in the morning.
All the top British riders were there racing alongside with Marco and myself. I felt reasonably good on the first lap matching it with Grant Ferguson and Marco for a lap and a half before I had to back off the pace a bit. Looking over my shoulder there were a few others not too far behind and I knew it would be inevitable with 4 laps left that they would catch me. I sat up for a quick breather before jumping on the wheel of the first chaser, ex Commonwealth Games winner Liam Killeen for a few laps. He was definitely stronger than me but I rode smart and played to my strengths. I had to dig very deep to stay in the contest and the last lap was a good battle. In the end I managed to out sprint him to take 3rd place. I was satisfied with my position and knew that I rode the perfect race with what my body gave me on the day. However, I knew I had to improve a lot more before the World Cup the following Sunday if I wanted a chance at a good result. I had a great time in Dalby Forest on a really fun track and met some great people. Hopefully I get the chance to go back again one day!