Had a great weekend away in Verona. It all started with an early start Friday at Stansted, travelled there with Ryan and Lauren Stack and met up with Paul and Beth Shriever for a quick breakfast before we boarded our flight. Practice went well Friday and we were all excited about what the weekend would bring. Ryan has been on an MSC training plan since July and after a winter of solid training both Ryan and myself couldn't wait to see how he got on. Ryan looked strong all day Saturday making the final Saturday, but didn't get the top 3 we had been aiming for... However Sunday was a different matter, holeshoting from gate 7 and finishing with a strong 2nd place.
We knew things were going to be tough for Beth as this is was her first race as an Elite, we had goals to reach in which Beth excelled on both days. She had a strong 4th in the main Saturday so we were obviously over the moon! Unfortunately she didn't make the main Sunday but was brave enough to pick an inside gate between two of the strongest girls on the circuit rather than take an easy outside option in the semi.
I have also been working with some guys from Denmark over the winter. It was great to meet up and get a chance to watch them race. Good work from Emil Paulsen and Magnus Nielsen, great attitudes and lots of improvements over the weekend!
It was great to see some really strong results from British riders and we had a great finish to a successful weekend having dinner in the local restaurant with the GB team.
Back home now for two days, Beth has a track session Tuesday and some sprints Wednesday, then we are off to Paris for the first rounds of this years World Cup Super X... Bring it on!