The 4th round of the Cross Country World Cup in Grouse Mountain Canada could be
seen as a bit of a shake down for some of the athletes heading into the upcoming
Common Wealth games in Manchester. Kiwi Rider Kashi Leuchs pulled out a good
race to put the wood on the top ranked Common Wealth rider Canadian Roland
Many of Kashi's fans in NZ were watching the race unfold via web reports back
home and were stunned when he pulled back Green on the last lap.
See Kashi's comments below.
It was a good race for me... firstly I had a really fun week in Vancouver, and
managed to catch up with my step-sister, Amber. She also showed me around some
of the fun areas of town. The weather was great all week, so overall I was in
good spirits coming into Sundays race, which always helps!
The start was crazy, as everyone knew that after 2 short loops, we would hit the
major decent, and things would split up quickly. I was in about 10th place at
this point, but unfortunately behind Ryder Hysjedal, who left a gap to the first
group. I fought hard up the climb, and throughout the next lap to reach a clear
6th. Fillip Meirhaeghe had the lead, and then it was 4 riders together, about
30sec up the road. This group contained Susi, Bart, Roland, and Christoph
The long decent was pretty steep at places and still wet because of melting snow
(the race is held on a ski field over looking Vancouver). This was good for me,
as I was gaining atleast 10-20 sec each lap, and could recover a bit up the
steep climbs. I raced conservative until 1.5 laps, when I could see Roland was
coming off the back of the group in front.
I was amazed that coming into the last lap, I still had some power in the legs.
I passed Roland (who was totally blown!), and then with 1km left, I also passed
Christoph D. Fillip won again, Susi 2nd, Bart 3rd. It was the first time Susi
and I were on a World Cup podium together... so as you would imagine a great
team dinner followed!
We are all heading off to Telluride at the moment, where there is a DH world Cup
this weekend. Its actually going to be a huge adventure festival, with many
other sports.. so I'm hoping to catch up with some other friends from NZ, like
Nathan Faave etc... should be some fun I'm sure.