I’m really glad that the winter is over, really thrilled that the new season is on their way.
I packed my new bike an all my brand new equipment and took off to the first big race, the World Cup in Houffalize/Belgium. It is really exciting too see all my friends and opponents again after a long offseason, to exchange the newest gossip, ride some bike and of course have a lot of fun.
At the first day of practice I didn’t perform really well, cause I was a little nervous. I am already through this whole procedure a dozen times, but the first race of the season is always something special.
The next day I felt a lot better and was ready for the first qualifying heat. But at the starting gate I got a little nervous again, which influenced my performance. I didn’t ride aggressive enough and I also crashed in the middle of the track… I knew there that I probably had no chance to qualify for the race. Finally I finished 17th in the qualifying, just one rank short for making it to the next round. Though luck, I was really mad at myself cause I was really excited about the start of the season.
The next day I calmed down a little bit and got my mind right again. If something bad like this happens, you really can’t worry about that to much and you have to go on to the next challenge.
Of course I watched the race live and rooted for Flo. I was standing at the start area, where I could watch the race thanks to a mini TV. Flo was riding really good, but had a little though luck in the 2nd heat, where he crashed. He was riding really well and finished on the 24th place, which is a good result for the first race of the season.
The race weekend was going over really fast, with some high and some low points, but I have to say that I’m not really worried about that, cause I know that I can do better. I enjoyed the time with my friends and look forward to the next event – the World Cup in Maribor / Slovenia.
P.S.: Thanks to Tom Hauke and Michi Kull for the pictures!