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.
Leading up to this weekend’s UCI World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, four members of the team are poised to represent their respective nations and Trek in this key international competition. Toeing the start line will be: Emily Batty representing Canada; Russell Finsterwald for the USA; and Bec Henderson and Dan McConnell for Australia.
The cross-country competition commences on Friday with the under-23 women’s and men’s races, in which both Bec Henderson and Russell Finsterwald will race for their final year of U-23 eligibility. Bec comes into the race as a podium favorite:
“I am very excited to get to South Africa Worlds. I love the course,” said Henderson. “It’s super fast and flows nicely with some big technical features but can also turn to a crazy course when the rain comes down. I feel like I am fit and ready to go and can’t complain about any of my training over the last month.“ …View More
The fourth stop of the World Cup circuit visited the province of Andorra, a small country located in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. The last time racers visited this mountainous region was 2008. With the event scheduled to be contested at nearly 2000 meters (6500 feet), this high altitude race would have some bearing on the racers’ abilities and strategies in the thinner air.
Still wearing the World Cup leader’s jersey, Bec Henderson knew she was going to have to fight hard to defend it from her strongest competitor who was only 20 points behind. With a four lap race schedule, the under23 women charged from the gun onto the ski slope. Bec lead the field for the first few kilometers before being passed and gapped on the long fire road climb. For the remaining laps, Bec and several riders chased in hopes of closing the 30-second gap. …View More