British XC MTB National Series, Round 2, Wasing Park – Race Report by Caoimhe May

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The race weekend started on Saturday with an easy practice lap to check out the course.  At each A and B option I had a look to see what I needed to do get over it safely.  One of the first A lines we came to was a gap jump.  I was particularly cautious about this one as, in round 1, I face planted on a gap jump before!  After a good look I decided to go for it.  I cleared it smoothly and moved on with the rest of the course.  I was pleased to manage all but one of the A lines, which left me confident for my race.

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On the Sunday morning we woke up nice and early in order to fit in my warm up before my race start at 9am!  It came to the call up and I was gridded on the front line, giving me a good starting position.  The start whistle was blown and off we went. I managed to get a good start leaving me right up with the leading 3 riders for a quarter of a lap.  Once they pulled ahead I was on my own in 4th for the rest of the race.  All went well and I finished in 4th place, leaving me very pleased with both my ride and my result.  Since Round 1 I’d moved up two places in the results.  The weekend couldn’t have gone much better!