It’s been a busy month on the road for Anthony Dean starting with the 1st World Cup of the year in Manchester, England. Then, flying straight from there down under to Brisbane, Australia for the Australian National Championships. Racing on a slick course after 2 days of continuous rain, Anthony went down in the final while sitting in 2nd place behind World Champion, Sam Willoughby who also crashed out due to a wet last turn, which claimed all top 3 riders in the final. From there, Anthony hopped back on a plane again and headed back to Europe for the 2nd round of the UCI World Cup in Papendal, Holland which was held this past weekend.
Even though the travel and racing were wearing on him and he felt extremely tired, Anthony fought hard all weekend long placing 1st and 2nd up to the Final Sunday afternoon and put himself on the gate with a shot for the win with 7 others of the World’s best riders. After another solid lap it was looking like Anthony was set for a place on the Podium until a small mistake led to being passed and pushed back to 4th place over the finish line. Still, a solid ride with some good World Cup and Olympic qualification points so a good weekend all-in all.
Anthony now heads to Belgium with the Australian National Team for a Training Camp on this Summer’s World Championship track in Zolder before heading back to San Diego at the weekend for some much needed rest and recovery time.
Dani George was also in Holland for the World Cup and looking to put in another good showing after making the final in Manchester.
Unfortunately, a bad start for her in the semi final and even though it was a hard charge though the pack she could not quite get in the 4th transfer spot and ended up 5th place and just out of the Final but we know she’s a fighter and will be back.
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Photo credit: Jerry Landrum.