Right in the start of 2017 I had a feeling my riding needs to be more alive and I felt I wasn’t being challenged enough in my little environment. Though I was training harder with new coach and a confirmed extension of my contract with Scott I struggled to create an environment that pushed me and made me grow.
Just as I was about to leave the next day I got the news of the passing of an old riding friend, Ajay.
During that week I had a long XC ride to some waterfalls just outside the beautiful bandung city and that really bought the flow back for me.
On race day, we had seeding in the morning and race in the afternoon and I seeded 5th (podium spot for DH) this got me excited and nervous at the same time. Unfortunately rain came down and I struggled riding some sections confidently and lost some time to finish 7th. I lost a chance of a podium but this was my first ever top 10 and I walked away with 6 Uci points. I know I could’ve done better but this result surely motivated me.