Ontario Cup #1

It was a beautiful day on Saturday April the 31st. It was pre-ride day at the first Ontario Cup Race of the season. Throughout the day there were many people riding the course which was in great shape. I pre-rode the course at 1:30 with my coach Andrew Watson and we worked on a few key points and got it dialed in. The technical features of the course included rock gardens, drops and rock/log overs, which were challenging but really fun.  At the end of the day I did 3 laps of the course and was feeling ready for race day.
We went and stayed at a relatives place and had a great supper of whole wheat pasta and Alfredo sauce, can't get a better dinner then that before a race.
We got up early on Sunday (Race Day) and headed off to the venue. My mother was racing at 10:00 am so we got her all set up and on the race course, she had a great race. The weather was nothing like the day before, it was raining and only 6 degrees. At 12:30 I got ready and did a warm up to get ready for my 1:30 race start. At the time of my race it had warmed up a bit so the temperature wasn't to bad. I am in the junior expert division so we started right behind the elite men. The race start was fast and the first climb was tough. During the first 2 laps I paced myself since it was a 4 lap race and my coach had a race plan for me. I was very happy with how I rode all of the technical features and with the rain in the morning it helped to make loose sections on the course tack up, which made it way faster. The last two laps I gave it my all and at the end of the race I placed 6th. I was very happy with my performance and I could definitely tell that my training this past winter has made me a better athlete.
I am really looking forward to Ontario Cup #2 at Duntroon, Ontario. 

Check back soon to see my review on the new Boost Fork from Lauf. 

Posted by: Nick Emsley


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