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2011 Season's Reflections

black background foel shotThe 2011 season went very well and I now feel fully adapted to world cup racing. My aim for the world cups this year (2011) was primarily to qualify for all of them, and then to finish inside the top 40 in the finals. I qualified for three out of the four I attended, which on reflection is great. At my final world cup race of the season I qualified 12th with a run that was purely aimed at achieving qualification. I felt like I could go faster but wondered if I would have the strength to hold on due to the lack of training during the build up to the event. I decided to go for it come race day and see how high up the result sheet I would get if my body could keep up with the speed my head knew was possible. I had a crash and still achieved my best result of the season with 39th place. I took a lot from the experience and throughstanding in blue kit it I have realised that with the proper training, focus and dedication, all of which I can achieve in 2012, I will be able to push forward into the top 20.

Crankworx in Whistler, Canada, was again very successful for me improving my personal bests in both downhill races. In the Garbanzo DH I achieved my first ever podium place at this event with 3rd, and in the Canadian Open DH I placed 8th which was my first visit to the top 10 in this event.

I’ve also had my fair share of media attention this season. I've been working with videographer George Milner to produce a number of short online videos which have been big hits on sites including Dirt TV and Vital MTB. One of our videos was the 16th most popular video to ever feature on mpora. George will be making an online movie over the winter named 'Boundless' and I will fill a major riding roll which will bring lots of attention to all off my associated sponsors. I have a number of internet blogs and write one for every sponsor, and for 2012 I will launch a website which will be kept very up-to-date.