The first leg of the Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup presented in Maribor, Slovenia, late last week, did not allow Saguenean Rachel Pageau to do justice. This is only a partial reward for the 23-year-old, who is already looking forward to the next leg in Fort William, Scotland, June 1-2.
“I felt good on the course. It was a fast course full of technical elements and jumps. Unfortunately, just before qualifying, it began to rain and the track became super slippery. I fell in my (downhill) qualifying, thus preventing me from placing in the top-15, “she relates via Messenger.
Despite this drop, the student in kinesiology at Laval University finished 22nd in qualifying with a time of 4mn14.780, 44.574 seconds from the first position. However, to reach the final, she had to qualify among the top 15. She has gained valuable experience for the next steps.
The young woman gave a good fright happily inconsequential the week before. “There was a European Cup the week before the World Cup where I had a pretty big fall. I left in a stretcher and ambulance, but finally, I did not suffer any injuries. I took a few quiet days to recover from the impact on my back and head, “concluded the dynamic biker who will be back in Quebec to finish his university session before returning to Europe to resume the competition.