2014 UCI BMX Supercross world cup - Papendal, Netherlands



This past weekend saw a historic moment in BMX with the first UCI BMX Supercross World Cup heldduring storms.

In the past the World Cup circuit has been quite lucky with the rain however mother nature was not so kind in Holland with multiple days of rain and bad weather.

The show went on and proved to be very challenging for all the riders dealing with the elements, time delays, high winds, muddy track and a slippery start gate.

Off the back of a very successful start to the year for me winning the first World Cup round in Manchester, the Oceania Championships & Australian National Championships all within the space of 23 days. I came into the Holland World Cup feeling a little flat from the tight turn around from AUS to Europe to AUS & back to Europe.

I won the time trail event on Saturday seeding me as fastest qualifier coming into racing and putting me ontop of the podium.

Sundays racing was a challenge start to finish.

Dealing with the elements and trying to save some gas in the tank for the final. I did not feel like myself out there. In the final I had a great start getting out in front over the first jump and moving across on the Olympic Champion Mariana Pajon putting her out of podium contention. Sitting in 3rd position around the track I was lining up my speed to rail around the last corner and made a mistake by leaving the inside open on the last corner where Stefany Hernendez came up the inside of me and we fought to the line with an anxiously awaited photo finish for 3rd and 4th positions.

Seeing my name come up as 4th position I was disappointed in myself for leaving the inside open on thatlast corner and it costing me a spot on the podium.

Walking away from this race with lessons learnt, a positive attitude and hungry to be fresh and ready for the next World Cup.

I remain ahead in points holding onto the #1 red plate & leading the World Cup series coming into the 3rd stop of the World Cup circuit in Berlin.