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Imogen Buick prepares for World Cup round three in the Czech Republic

Imogen Buick prepares for World Cup round three in the Czech Republic

To think that this time in just one day I will be at our hotel in Brno, Czech Republic, brings a big smile to my face. I’m flying out from Stansted on Wednesday morning with team support (aka big sister Anna) and team-mate Erica. We’re bound to be an excitable trio!

From what I’ve heard (which, if I’m honest, isn’t a great deal) the course at Nova Mesto is pretty tough: steep, but not as technical as Houffalize. Regardless of the course, however, and with the whole World Cup situation still pretty new to me, all I plan to do is embrace the experience, race hard and see what I can do.

Racing the eliminator on Friday night was great fun last time and hopefully I will qualify again! It’s exhilarating, fast and furious racing and definitely gets you excited for the cross-country the next day.

On Saturday I’m aiming to place in the top 75 per cent of the junior girls, which is better than I did in Belgium but hopefully not too unrealistic. I’m prepared to give it everything I’ve got so we shall see…

Having got one World Cup under my belt, and a good result at the nationals in Dalby, I’m ready and raring to go. Maybe this time riding with the best mountain bikers in the world won’t be such a shock to the system!

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