The course is absolutely stunning, hard and testing in places but this is a course designed to test the worlds best after all. It was used for the recent UCI World Cup back in April so I was a little apprehensive before the start as it was super technical.
We did a pre race ride on the course and checked a few sections out that were more demanding, there is a lot of climbing at Dalby but also lots of technical downhill so it was a great chance for me to see what I have to face in the upcoming NPS race in July. The course was very wet as we had rain overnight so this made the rocky sections very slippery.
I lined up for the start a little nervous as I wasnít overly confident on how well I would ride the sections named Worry Gill and Medusas Drop but as soon as the flag dropped I put all my worries behind me and got on with the task of racing. I actually found that the course was really good to race and my skills have improved with every race so there was no need to worry and Iím now looking forward to the NPS at Dalby. I need to get a good result there to keep my 3rd place overall in the series.
This week I have the Horizon Fitness Grand Prix race at Stoke on Trent so it will be interesting to see if my strength on the road is good and then at the weekend I am riding as a guest in a mixed team for the Hope Technology MTB team for Mountain Mayhem which is a 24 hour endurance race, hopefully we can take the £4000 prize for the first mixed team home with us!!