The bear mountain canada cup went pretty decently(I got 6th) . Going into the race i didn't focus on anything to work on I just wanted to sort of find my legs for the season.
The course didn't really suit me for the reasons that it was a power man's kind of course, it had no climbs over 100-150 meters, it was really slick and muddy and technical. Being a small rider with not the most powerful legs, I wasn't able to let my weight factor in on the the climbs so I was often out powered by bigger riders on the punchy climbs(on courses like the test of humanity where there are lots of longer climbs I will usually place higher than the athletes that beat me on these types of courses) .
The descents on the course were really fun, they were full of mud, roots, rocks and on the flowy bits berms and jumps. I am not THE faststest descender but I was able to hang on the the other riders while doing so.
The things that I want to work on for next time are:
-breathing slower( I breathed to fast and as a result wasn't able to focus as well)
- better tyre choice( i was running hard pack dry xc tyres and was slipping a fair bit in the mud)
-get faster on the descents (period)
All in all I had a super fun time racing and hanging out and meeting new people who ride. And with every race comes the benefit of learning what can be improved the next time.
-14 years old
Long Term Goals
-have a spot on cycling bc for xco mountain biking
-have a spot on the junior national xco team
-podium at canada cups and nationals
- top ten junior worlds and world cups
-eventually race world cups world champs and olympics and place in top 20