Canada and the USA have treated us kindly and we are very happy to travel home with our best-ever Elite World Cup result under our belt.
Annie and Martin, together with team Manager Paul and Mechanic Lee, flew out to join Shlomi in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada, for Round 5 of the UCI World Cup.
Shlomi was completing a solid pre-Rio training block and Annie and Martin were coming off the back of successful rides at the Hadleigh Park International so morale was high even if jet lag tried to spoil the party!
[more on Shlomi’s Canada Camp HERE]
With just one Elite female in the race for OMX, all eyes were on Annie. And she performed brilliantly! After months of illness form has been hard to find, but in MSA Annie made big progress. Seventeenth place at the end of a tough race of hills, heat, rain and rocks gave the team our best Elite World Cup result to date…and there’s certainly more to come from Annie!
Also stepping it up in MSA was Martin. Sixth place among such big talents at Hadleigh Park International was just the confidence boost Martin needed. We knew he had a ride like that in him, it just hadn’t fallen into place until then. Even with those much-needed UCI points Martin had to start from near the back of the grid in Canada and work his way through the field. Bottle-necking on the first lap cost our boys a lot of time but as soon as they could the hammer was down and the the engines were firing on all cylinders! Martin raced to a fantastic 28th place and Shlomi took a super solid 34th even after two weeks of heavy training.
With Isla winning her first Elite race and with that taking the overall British XC Series Title, it was a ‘Super Sunday’ for OMX!
[all about Isla’s win win HERE]
Following Mont Sainte Anne the team dispersed – Shlomi to Rio, Martin back home to Germany and Annie south to Windham, New York.
Annie backed up her strong ride in the World Cup with an impressive third place at the HC class Windham Pro XCT. Annie led the race up the first climb before settling into her rhythm and dropping back a little. Bronze medalist from London 2012, Georgia Gould, took up the race and went on to win in front of Hungarian Champion Barbara Benko, but Annie was closing in on them on the final lap showing that her race fitness is well on its way back.
Third place in an HC event was a fantastic way to finish the trip. Now it’s back to Europe and preparations for the final World Cup of 2016 in Vallnord, Andorra.