Well the first two world cups started off a little different then expected. Last year I came into the world cup season with no real pressure, I was a bit of an unknown and after the first two races I was leading the junior class. This year has been a different story all together, I’m on a full factory team with Devinci Global Racing and am supported for the full season.
I was over the moon when I was asked but at the same time I was really nervous. The first couple of local races I did weren’t my best in recent times and I was over thinking things instead of just riding and having fun like usual. It took me a little while to sort that out but I was soon back into a groove, that was until I went a broke my wrist at a national round in Thredbo. That took me back a far bit mentally as it was so close to the start of the world cup season. I was still able to train but not as I normally would, I put in a lot of hard work with little time on the bike it pissed me off a a fair bit.
Once my wrist had healed up enough to ride I had one more race in Australia before heading overseas. I was definitely not riding as aggressive as normally and I didn’t want to take risks which made me feel like I couldn’t get out of first gear the whole weekend. I still ended up with a good result but I knew I wasn’t riding as well as I know I could’ve been. …View More
Cripple on the loose! Tim Bardsley-Smith is back on it at the Hafjell World Cup, cooking up this gallery from practice and qualifying just for you. So check it out after the jump …View More
“Dumbed down”, that’s what the riders say. For a track that is renown as ‘the mans track’, it’s a little bit of a let down for some, for others its a chance to shine though. Mist and sodden surfaces greeted riders today and TBS was there to capture it all. Who looks fast and whos taking chances, check the pic’s after the jump …View More
Those five weeks have flown by and it’s World Cup time again, round three for the XCO and round four for the DH. The Andorran Hills are alive with bike chatter and downhill practice was in full swing today. Tim Bardsley – Smith was there to capture it all, check the gallery after the jump …View More
Another wild day in the field, as qualifications got underway in the downhill and once more TBS was there to capture the action. Aussies faired well overall, as they quickly adapted to the hard and fast track at Val Di Sole. Luke Ellison bounced back from his crash riddled race at Fort William and has seeded fifth in juniors whilst third place getter at the Fort, Dean Lucas, has seeded in ninth (despite having faster splits than all above him??)
In Elite Women it was once more the Rachel Atherton show, with a fat six second lead on Emmeline Ragot with Mannon Carpenter just behind, a near identical showing of last weeks top three. Tracey Hannah sits in a comfortable seventh in Elite Women, whilst Dani Beecroft and Tegan Molloy (with a over the bars) sit in third and fourth in junior Women or 37th and 38th in Elites. …View More