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October 1st, 2020

2020 World Cup XCO #1, Nove Mesto, Czech Republic

Ross Bell

Cross Country #1

I hadn’t had the best start in Nove Mesto the previous couple of years so I was keen to make sure I had a good start this year. I probably cost a bit of energy early on battling hard for positions during the start loop and paid for this over the first couple of laps.

Through the middle part of the race I was back in the 20’s but not too far down on time.

Ross Bell
Ross Bell

I was starting to come right however and felt very good over the last 3 laps, picking off riders one by one to come home strong and win the sprint to finish in 7th place. The times were so tight at the top and I was only 15 secs off the podium in the end and less than 1min down on the winner.

I was happy to be back in the top 10 at a World Cup but reminded of just how cut throat and competitive World Cup racing is. Every second of the race is a fight for position, you can’t put a foot wrong at any moment or you will pay for it big time. If you aren’t going forward through the pack you’re going backwards. There’s no room for complacency! But that’s what makes it so much more rewarding when you do achieve a good World Cup result, you know you had to work for it.

Ross Bell
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