Here is Team Hard’s first write up , it is a round up of Tre’s recent trip to St Etienne.
Take it away Tre.
So, heading into St Etienne I was pretty confident, feeling good about the solid training I had done before hand and wanting to race a European race as the only race I did abroad in 2013 was Chula Vista world cup and that didn’t go to well.
Friday practise went well, the track was running really well considering it’s a tight indoor track. I had everything covered pretty quickly, but it came down to pedalling over the first jump at full speed, which I knew I had to do if I wanted to be competing for a podium position.
Race day number one was the French open which we had over 100 riders, if you made it to the final that day you would have had to do 8 laps. I managed to win all my three motos which set me up to the 1/16ths with gate one, which I also won.
In the 1/8th finals I had Edzus Tremanes on the inside and Simon Douchene in gate 3 I was in lane two, I didn’t get a strong gate and was bumping elbows with Simon when we hit the first jump and crashed, that gave me an early end to the night of racing.
On Sunday I was really happy that racing started early as I was itching to get back out there and race, I managed to deal with the crash and put it behind me with the help and a couple kind words from my family, friends and the coaches. Lining up for the motos I had Joris Daudet; I knew it wasn’t going to be a stroll in the park, so I was just concentrating on myself. I finished the motos I had Joris Daudet; I knew it wasn’t going to be a stroll in the park, so I was just concentrating on myself. I finished the motos with a 3rd, 1st and a 2nd. There wasn’t as many riders on the Sunday so it went straight to the 1/8th where I came up against Sylvain Aundre, I finished 2nd in that and went into the quarters. I managed to win my quarter, which set me up with a lane one pick for the semi.
Lining up for the semi in gate one I knew I had to back myself up and be confident as I had my fellow team mate Kyle Evans in two, who was going well all weekend and then the other 6 strong riders on the outside of him. I got a strong gate and hole shotted into the first turn taking it quite tight, to hold my line. Going into the second turn Joris came flying past on the outside and I fell back into second holding on and finishing 2nd in the semi this gave me fourth pick for the final.
I felt pleased with myself that I made my first European final, but I knew it wasn’t over yet, ‘one more lap to go’ I told myself. When setting up in gate three I knew I had to have a a really strong start to have any chance of winning or even making the podium. My gate wasn’t the strongest of gates but Vincent who was on the outside of me got a stunner of a gate and as you do, moved over on me that was pretty much my shot for a podium gone. But I didn’t give up kept going and fought to the line.
Kyle who was winning into the second turn got caught up with the French man Joris and unfortunately came out worse putting me into 7th I made a move on the last turn and held onto it finishing 6th.
I took many positives away from the trip that I can hold on to and also things I can work on to improve in the future. Over all I was pleased, that was a good start for 2014.
Finale Elite 1 Hommes BMX Indoor de St-Etienne… by bmx2day