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18 May 2015: Kerry's First Ever World Cup Race - Nove Mesto

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So today I raced Nove Mesto World cup.... Opening round of the world cup season and my first ever (which coincided nicely with Sabine Spitz (Olympic medalist) 100th world cup) and oh my word, what an experience.

I really need to emphasise experience as that is exactly what I came out here to gain and that is exactly what I did. I have learnt heaps in the last 3 days and process wise, this has been incredible!

I was 69th on a grid of 83 which basically translates as pretty near the back! The course was ace, bloody hard going and it had rained overnight so it felt super sluggish but really cool. I knew the start was going to be critical... However I had a bit of a booboo, slipped my pedal when clipping in and was dead last coming out of the arena... whoops! I did not expect to be in that position and really underestimated how difficult it would be to move up... but it's 80 more girls just like me, hungry to progress, improve and conquer themselves so of course it would be hard. This is world class level competitors and lots of them.... scary! So moving up was hard as the 1st lap has a lot of riders coming off bikes and not getting through technical features which means if you're at the back you're off your bike too, you really lose minutes at the start because of this but I knew this would happen so I had to be OK with it. I also felt pretty blinking rough... I have been so nervous about this I barely slept and I'm pretty sure I wasted way to much energy the last few days rather than save it for the race (rookie mistake I know but all learning, haha) so it really felt hard today. I had one bad crash through the rock garden and got my foot stuck in a crack and couldn't get it out... disaster! It's now throbbing painfully which tells me I really was running on pure adrenaline today! I was so worked up in the race too I literally could not remember how to engage my suspension by pressing the button or releasing it resulting in a few juttery moments. That has never happened but it is another lesson for me in finding a way to control my nerves.

So for fear of painting a negative picture of my race, it was anything but! I learnt heaps about racing, how to start well, the nuances of the racers, I learnt I need to control my nerves better (which will probably come now the 1st world cup is out of the way), I learnt I need to come out to a World cup more than 2 days before to give myself time to recce properly and recover well, I learnt I bloody love a challenge, I learnt that mentally I can cope well when things aren't quite going how I would like them to and most of all I learnt that I love to mountain bike and race.

When I first started racing the British series I barely scraped into the top 10 and it always felt hard but gradually I learnt how to race and I have progressed so now I podium more often than not. I'm confident that with more World Cup experience, the same thing will happen and gradually I will start moving up the ranks too. It takes time, patience amd practice.

One person I couldn't have done this without is Kenny from Rock and Road... I'm so chuffed he was here helping and supporting me... We have come a long way as a team and I'm proud to say that we probably were the smallest team here today but what we lacked in size we more than made up for in enthusiasm, excitement and our love of cycling.

Sorry for the ramble!

PS... I broke even today, didn't lose any places and didn't gain any places...finished exactly 69th! Definitely a reflection of how I raced today but by no means a reflection of what is to come ��

Sorry for the crummy pictures... I had a big race to ride!

Kerry Macphee

 

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Kerry Macphee
Kerry Macphee
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Kirsty Macphee
Kirsty Macphee
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John Neil Mitchell
John Neil Mitchell
MTB

Paul Smith
Paul Smith
MTB

Donald MacRury
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