I’d always enjoyed racing in Mont Saint Anne and after a much improved performance in Lenzerheide I was really excited about another 3 weeks training before heading to MSA for another crack at the podium. Things didn’t quite go to plan however and I fell ill a few days after Lenzerheide which forced me to have 2 weeks of zero intensity. Once arriving in MSA I found I was able to settle into the new time zone fairly quickly and I was sleeping well which was a welcome relief. I also really enjoyed the challenging track which has a nice natural trail feel to it, reminding me of the back country trails I used to adventure on back home in New Zealand. On Friday I finally started to feel more like my usual self on the bike which was a huge confidence boost just 2 days out from the race. Things were finally start to look a bit brighter.
My call up number was 9th so I had the first choice of where to line up on the 2nd row of riders. I had a strong start and was 4th into the first switchback climb. I had no idea of just how good I would feel later in the race so I was very cautious not to push too hard early on. I found my rhythm in 6th position and focused on trying to not let the riders in front out of sight. I fought hard over the last few laps to bring back Andri Frischknecht, the Swiss Champion in front of me in 5th position eventually passing him on the final lap to ride home in 5th place.
Overall it was a great day at the office and I’m really happy with how I rode. First and foremost I need to focus on my recovery and staying healthy before the World Cup in Windham, USA next weekend. After that I will return to Europe for the final 2 races of the season, Val di Sole World Cup and the World Champs in Andorra. That’s it for now! Hopefully I can ride myself onto the podium next week in Windham!