This weekend, I had been down to Bluff - the southern most town in the world. It's a pretty weird feeling being half way across the world, in the future (13hrs ahead of UK) and now as far south as one could go without freezing your bits off !!
Torrential rain during the week had ruined the track and main bulk of the track was in the open, with jumps and all made of sand. After waiting for a long while in the morning to let the keen beans clear the puddles So after a few runs it had rutted up and begun to look more like a motocross track. It was tough to get the speed to do the jumps ! The top section was rather challenging. It was all in the woods and quite slippery with hidden roots and rocks everywhere, including deep ruts that were forming. I had made the mistake of only bringing dry tyres with me (all I have at this moment in time), which were more like slicks and found myself skating down, as inelegant as I could possibly have been. So after 3 runs I called it a day.
Come race day, the track had dried up loads and I was able to get some solid runs down. I got the first shuttle to the top and was eager to get cracking. Practice went pretty well, but I was definitely feeling rather nervous for the race. I had only been riding my DH bike for the last 4 weeks and wasn't feeling like I was up to race pace yet.
In Seeding (where you are ranked for the main race) it all went to pot ! Two turns in I had a massive crash - got sent straight over the handlebars and airbourne, to finally land on a fallen tree and slammed my hip into the trunk and rolled down into a ditch - I was in so much pain !! I got myself back up with the assistance of the marshal and carried on with the rest of the run.
Immediately I got some ice on it and rested up and was borderline ready to call it a day ! But I pulled myself together and got up the hill.
The race run went pretty well, and managed to keep everything smooth and tidy. Came down with a time of 3:29, in 1st place, 13 seconds ahead of 2nd place.
Also got on NZ national news !! (link here)