Last week-end, I took part in the 2nd round of the World Cup in Vöcklabruck, in Austria.
The first challenge of this World Cup: the quarter finals on Saturday, at midday. I start the race well in shape with a first lap at 8 penalties. Already at this stage of the competition, the results are tight between riders and everything could be possible. I am confident on the bike. I realize a better second lap with only 4 points, which makes a total of 12 penalties altogether. I took the second place of these 1/4 finals, qualified for the semi-finals the following day.
On Sunday, still on a very positive mindset, I start the competition on harder obstacles and very long sections. I make several max-penalties and suceed to make a section with 3 penalties. I struggle with a lack of rythm and commitment on these aerial sections. I ended 23rd of the World Cup. Even if I could hope for better, my goal this week-end was to have fun again on the bike and enjoying the sections, with the right mindset. Which I did, and I’m happy with it.
Next event will be the “London Trials Battle”. A new concept of trials in the middle of London City.
Im glad to annonce that I’m the new… vice-swiss champion 2016 !
The Swiss Championship took part Saturday 16 July in Delémont. I started really good in the competition aiming to stay close to Lucien Leiser as much as I can. Unfortunately, the vice-world champion in title was too strong at the end. Im really happy about my performance and my feelings on the bike. I was comfortably established ahead the 3rd rider Johan Buchwalder. All the work done earlier in the year has finally paid off and my motivation is better and better every day.
Next competition: 30-31 July for the World Cup in Vöcklabruck, Austria.
After my one-month trip in Spain during February, I’ve been able to ride at a good level only around mid-April. I’ve worked a lot on the technical movement and on general physical preparation.
So my 2016 season started last week-end with the first World Cup in Krakow, Poland. My goal there was to have some good feelings back, in competition this time. Result: 22nd place.
That 22nd place was not what I expected. But far from the numbers or ranks, the goal I had together with my trainer Blaise Brocard was to simply go back after my operation and experience positive feelings. Krakow was for me the very first competition this year with the stress and uncertainties which come with it. I had no competitions since last summer with an injury. I had a great pleasure competing in that World Cup despite the little disappointment for the final result. The level is very high and every point is more and more important and I did some mistakes that costed me a lot. I know my preparation is good and with a few adjustements, I’ll be able to express at my best level pretty soon.
I’m already looking forward to inform you of my next Swiss Cup in Tramelan, on June 19th.
I arrived the 1st of February in Spain with my trials rider friend Loïc Vuillème who came with me for two weeks and did the journey with the car. After eight hours and a half I arrived the evening and meet my friend Jonas Kristiansen with whom I’ll share the flat for a month.
The flat is located in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, a little town a few kilometers away from Barcelona. Here, there are a lot of natural and artifical terrains and bikeparks really close to where we live. The weather is great, sunny and the temperature is about 15-20 degrees every day.
After my shoulder surgery in October, I have to be careful to ride too hard the first days while taking back my technical level and getting a good feeling back on the bike.
After a week and a half, the goal is reached but I have to listen to my body carefully. The sensations are coming back quickly and my technique is getting better every single day but my shoulder get tired really easily. From yesterday, I feel exhausted due to the many trials trainings I’m not used to do anymore. I’ll then have a few days rest before gaining intensity for the second part of February.