Straight from the plane to the forest, Adrian Jackson and Alex Randall have raced the Fillari Cup, a 2-day world ranking race in Finland and also the selection races for the Finnish team to the World and European MTBO Championships.
Although Adrian was felt good physically both days, Alex found it hard going after the flight and the tough middle distance race on Saturday.
The maps, which were not typical for Finnish terrain had a sparse track network with only one detailed pocket of tracks. The riding was very rough and both were glad they had their Scott dual suspension bikes.
Both Adrian and Alex were feeling tired on Saturday but managed 8th and 12th respectively. In Sunday’s race Adrian felt strong and despite a 2 minute error beat top Finn and former world champion, Mika Tervala by 33 seconds. Alex was 21st.