Following the festivities of last weekend it was back to business in the BPost Bank Trophy series. This years series is decided by overall time and its certainly added a new dimension to the way we race. This series is 8 races long with the last two coming on sand based courses. If Im ever to have a chance of winning the series I need a big lead going into the last races. Cant and Sand go together like well Sand and Cant I guess. I had around a minute and half coming into this event, my weakest of the series on paper.
I dont think Ive ever been on the podium at this race, or even close, but to be honest I had no eyes on the overall result at all at the start of the season. Ive found myself there despite a couple of pretty average events. Before this race Id won one round and Cant had won two. But now Im in this position Id been a plonker not give the overall my best shot.
So the race: Good start, lost the lead in the corner on lap 2, focused on my own race, had to fight for every second, finished 3rd. Lost a minute overall, gained time on 3rd, still leading.
So that was about it really. Cant, in her home town, won in the sprint and really put the pressure on. Its her 3rd win in the series and Id assumed that based on last years points classification shed now be leading. But, having worked it out, Id be ahead still by just 2 points. It all makes for a very exciting last round. Im hopeful I can do well and Im sure it will be a good race.
Next weekend I have 2 events and have a chance to get back to the World Number 3 spot with a win. Then its off to Oostmalle for the final round of the series, and more importantly the post-race cookie party hosted by Christine Vardaros.
1 Sanne Cant
2 Marianne Vos
3 Helen Wyman
4 Nikki Harris
5 – Loes Sels
6 Sophie de Boer
7 Yara Kasterlijn
8 Ellen Van Loy
9 Pavla Havlikova
10 Githa Michiels