This weekend however, the weather played havoc resulting in the closure of the gondola due to high winds. Plan B was put in place, and a push up race from the wooded section down would decide the winners.
With a stacked international field, the shortened course made for very close racing with 1st to 20th separated by only 3 seconds!
Ruaridh finished up 9th on the day only 1.4 seconds off the win.
"I'm pretty happy with my result to be honest. The bottom section used for the race was very flat and pedally so I knew it was going to be close racing. Last year in the World Cup my bottom section was pretty poor, so to finish only 1.4 seconds off the win against some of the best guys in the world is encouraging. I feel like I'm getting back up to pace on the bike and I'm excited to come back for the World Cup here in a few weeks time."
Reece backed up his 10th at the first round with a solid 13th place, beating some big names and continuing his impressive rookie year as an elite.
"Very happy with 13th place today. With the track effectively being a 1min 20 flat sprint, I felt like I would have a slight disadvantage as pedaling isn't my strong point. I've been struggling to find my mojo over the last few weeks and haven't been riding the way I know I can. This weekend I focused on just having fun and felt more relaxed going into my race run. To finish only 2 seconds off the win gives me confidence and I can't wait to get back and race the FULL TRACK at the World Cup.”
In the end Gee Atherton took the win with a time of 1.20.780 and Rachel Atherton won the women’s race with a 1.32.532.
Ruaridh and Recce will now focus on the Scottish round of the EWS, which takes place on the 30/31st of May.
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