Meet this Australian power couple and reigning national champions as they discuss their second season with Trek Factory Racing. Coming off stellar 2013 World Cup seasons, both are looking to keep that momentum going through the first two World Cups. Hear their stories while training and racing as a couple.
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It feels great to have the first World Cup done and the 2014 race season officially underway. I am really happy to put last years disastrous week in South Africa behind me and have a solid race in Pietermaritzburg.
I really enjoyed the course this year, some technical sections added although the risk compared with the World Championships had definitely decreased, and plenty of climbing added making for an overall tough but fun race course.
I started with plate number 16 and was on the second row of the start grid. I didn’t have huge expectations coming into the race, I wanted to have a good race and then I could see where I would fit in and assess from there leading into the season.
I had a great start to the race, I was really calm leading into the race and throughout the warm up. I was focused but never really felt nervous until we headed over to the start boxes. I felt a lot less pressure than the World Cup last year. Last year I had put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well but at this first World Cup I had no outside expectation to do anything miraculous so I was very relaxed. …View More
Coming on the heels of a successful debut of the Trek Factory Racing World Cup team in 2013, most of the 2014 squad assembled in Sothern California for team camp, racing and general team bonding. This video attempted to captured some of the “spirit” of these great group of athletes and staff as they kick off the 2014 race season in high gear.
Not everything went to plan for Australian’s Bec Henderson and Dan McConnell at World Champs this year. McConnell was left injured after an encounter with a monkey and Henderson saw a nasty crash in final practice. Their Canadian team mate Emily Batty suffered a similarly unfortunate race as an on going sickness brought her down. Check the edit above for some rad on the bike footage and some more insight into one of the worlds toughest races.
Recap moments from the fifth round of World Cup series in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec Canada. Bec Henderson recaptured the World Cup leader’s jersey after losing it on a tie-breaker in Vallnord, Andorra. Teammates Dan McConnell rode to a podium fifth place finish, while Emily Batty scored a top-10 in her home country race.