Source: Jamie Goldman/Santa Cruz Bicycles
Dangerous Momo picked me and Adrienne up at the airport in France and we headed straight to Roc d’ Azur. I love this event because the city is killer and the crowd is always so excited!
The first couple of days were very hard for me because we were staying up late and my jetlag was probably the worst I have ever had. I missed some of the practice because I had no energy to even get out of bed. But we spent some time at the beach and got some extra sleep the night before finals and I started to feel much better.
The day of finals was really weird because during the morning practice there was a headwind for the jumps, and during the finals there was a tailwind. The headwind was good for the first drop because you had to brake a lot going down the roll-in, but for the rest of the jumps it was hard to get speed. In practice, with the headwind, I 360’d the drop, which I was really stoked on because I haven’t spun a drop in a long time. I wasn’t planning on spinning it again until the finals, but there was a film crew that set another rider up with a helmet cam and they wanted me to do it again in front of him. That was scary even though it all went dialed.
Right before finals we had a couple of minutes to practice, and since the wind changed direction I was a little scared to spin the drop, but this time with the tailwind I tapped the brakes pretty hard and sent it and cleared way down the landing. It got a little sketchy but kept my run going. It was a good thing I tested it again in practice, because otherwise that would have ruined one of my runs for sure.
For finals I just tried to have fun and do tricks that others weren’t doing so we could put on a good show. All my runs were pretty solid, and all in all I had a blast. I’m stoked because I bagged third on the podium, plus it’s always awesome to walk away from a contest without injuries and with a stoked crowd. We got an encore and did some sick trains at the end of the comp to end her off.