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September 15th, 2022

2022 World Cup#9, Val di Sole, Italy

After a pretty rough outing at the World Champs in Les Gets, I was determined to put in a better showing for the last big race of the year. I’d been feeling a bit flat when I pushed hard since COVID, and the Basel Swiss Cup so made sure to have a really easy week after the World Champs. I had okay legs in the short track but not the best luck getting tangled up in some chaos at the start. I didn’t have the legs to make the top 24 so had to settle for a fourth row start for the XCO.

Ross Bell
Ross Bell

My plan for the XCO was to try and be steady throughout the race as I knew my body wasn’t able to push too deep anyway. My Max HR in the last couple of weeks had been 8-10 beats lower than normal, a sign that I was fatigued and a bit flat and it was no different in Val di Sole.

My position hovered around the low to mid 30’s for most of the race but I was able to move up a few places which a faster last lap and pass some fading riders to finish in 26th.

Ross Bell
Ross Bell

It was not my dream end to the season having to deal with COVID and fatigue but I was proud of the way I kept at it. I’m very happy to have a well-earned break and turn my attention to next season! Hopefully it will be an injury and illness free 2023 and I can have some consistent top results once again.


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