World Cup #2 & #3
It’s always fun and exciting to explore new race sites and cities, and this year we had two new places we got to check out. The site for the second World Cup was in L’Argentiere, France and it’s a beautiful little town on the edge of the Alps. The water is glacier fed which makes it very cold. As for the race course it was long and open, and combined with the altitude made racing interesting. Qualifiers went well as I had a fast second run without penalties allowing me to move on to the semi-final. My semi-final run went well but I touched two of the gates which added 4 seconds to my time resulting in a 25th place finish.
We then moved on to Leipzig, Germany for World Cup #3. The site reminded me of a slalom course in the United States where we frequently train. So even though it was a new for me it felt as though I knew the river. And as it was my best finish at the World Cup races so far I would like to think that it helped. The day the races started the wind had picked up making it even tougher to stay away from the poles. I again pulled through on my second qualifier run and I was able to stay clean and finished 8th, easily putting me through to the next day of racing. It was a nice change being able to watch some of the paddlers in front me do the course and give me an idea of what might be the fastest line. Unfortunately I took 2 touches in the semi-final putting me back but I still had a fast time overall so I finished 16th.
Last week some teammates and I decided to do some training in Bratislava as we had a few weeks between races and it is always good to get comfortable with course that will be hosting the World Championships and the Olympic Qualifiers. But tomorrow I head back to Canada for a small break before preparing for our National Champions in 2 weeks. It will be nice to back home for a few days in this long racing season!