Pampilhosa da Serra, Portugal Cup 2 - 23 March 2015
The 2015 race season started for me and my new team, One Vision Global Racing, last weekend. I was at the Portugal Cup race in Pampilhosa, a double points UCI race with a stacked field of world cup elite riders in attendance. A top 10 would have been a really good result! I really enjoyed practice and my Trek Session 9.9 was feeling amazing. Going into qualifying I was feeling pretty nervous having spent virtually all of 2014 with injuries, and as a result not able to race to my potential for a while. I was excited to see how I was going now I was fully fit, but also worried about whether I’d be where I wanted to be on the results sheet. I put down a good qualifying run, nothing special, and knowing I could go faster in the race run. To my surprise I was 2nd with a 2.26.9, behind Josh Bryceland in 1st with a 2.23, with a whole bunch of top 20 world cup riders behind me. It was a great feeling to know I’m back on track after last year was such a right-off with my shoulder injury. I was really relaxed going for my race run and as a result I had a storming run. I went through the finish and I knew I’d gone faster than my qualifying which was my main aim. The question was what had everyone else done. I’d gone over two seconds faster and at the end was in 3rd on a 2.24.7, only 0.01 off Marcus Pekoll in 2nd and 1.1 off Josh Bryceland in 1st. To say my season has started well is an understatement! Big thanks to all of One Vision Global Racing’s sponsors and roll on the next race.