World Cup Sprint Distance Qualification
Mr Speaker, Parliament House, Wellington.
A clean start as I got into the map. I wasn't certain on the route choice to 2, but I didn't hesitate and went with a safe option. I couldn't see the flag at 8. It was behind a parked car, but this was no more than 2 or 3 seconds lost. The climb to 9 was tough, but I tried to stay in control and leave something in my legs for the tricky northern section.
My worst mistake was on the way to 10, turning up some stairs 5m before the gate I was aiming for. The next section was clean and I made up time and passed my one minute man by the map exchange.
I had little time to look at the options to 16, so I took the safe route left where I had already been. To 17 I used the right hand ramp again as I knew it and could run fast. I then saw that the rest of the course was quite easy and put my head down and pushed hard to the end. I was happy to finish off the course strongly and accurately.
My race was quite good, but I was not fast enough. The top elites are all very fast and just don't make mistakes, even in this tricky sprint terrain. The hilly course didn't do me any favours, and I lost a bit on the qualifiers on the hills.