Update from Ben
Bobby Ketchum | Tuesday, 07 June 2016
Guest blog by Ben Oliver
I have been in Europe for 3 weeks and time has gone by fast. After Landing in Prague, I did a Cat 1 race in the Czech Republic to have a blow out before the next two World Cups. I finished 12th overall and 4th in Under 23, which was a good result considering I had only been in Europe for 3 days.
Next up was the World Cup in Albstadt, Germany. I was riding well in the top 25, but fell off the pace with a few laps to go and came 31st. It was a solid result out of 150+ riders.
The La Bresse World Cup in France was one of the best World Cup courses I have ridden. It was really natural and technical. Early in the week, I was fighting a cold with a sore throat but it cleared up pretty good before the race. I had a perfect start then payed for it on the 2nd lap before moving up the field again to crack the top 20. I finished 20th and am so stoked because it isn't easy to get a top 20 in a European World Cup. But still hungry to do better. It takes a while to adjust to the racing over here so I am pretty happy with how I have performed so far. The crowds have been massive which has been awesome to be part of.
Now I am with a German family for 4 weeks of solid training building up to World Champs on July 3rd and Swiss World Cup on the 10th.