Namur World Cup Race Report – Gage Hecht

Gage Hecht hopping barriers at the Namur World Cup. Photo Credits to Sport.be
Gage Hecht racing in the mud at Namur World Cup. Photo Credits to Sport.be

Namur World Cup - 2017

Yesterday was the first race of the block. Namur World Cup is always one I look forward to. Between the history of the location itself and the amazing roller coaster of a course, this is definitely a favorite of mine.

This year I had the best start I have had at this race. The start can be fairly tricky at Namur. It starts uphill on paver stones and very quickly chicanes before transitioning on to a longer dirt climb ending in a steep ramp that takes the riders to the highest point of the course. This makes the start very important in this race. After having trouble performing well in this start in years past, I was very excited to have a good one.

The rest of the race went fairly smooth. I made a big leap (somewhat literally) as this was the first race I bunny hopped barriers during a competition. I felt fairly clean for many of the other sections with the exception on a crash on the off camber section, where I went under the course netting.

I ended up finishing fifteenth. It was a goal of mine to finish in the top twenty, so this race surpassed that goal substantially. I am really looking forward to progressing throughout the rest of the trip and trying to move up in the group.  

More to come soon!

Cheers,
Gage

Crowds at Namur World Cup. Photo Credits to Sport.be
Gage Hecht mastering the slick corners during Namur World Cup. Photo Credits to Sport.be

Photo Credits to Sport.be

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