Greeting, I hope everyone id doing well. For those of you who donít know Iím in Europe for the PSL World Cup event. Our travels in the Netherlands are going well so far. The event is being held at an indoor ski area in the town of Landgraaf. Itís kind of surreal having to bundle up indoors for snowboarding, then wear a t-shirt outside. I defiantly did not bring enough layers, the indoor ski area is much cooler than I thought it would be. We arrived a few days ago and did some freeriding at an indoor area in the town of Zoetermeer, the snow was good, but the run was pretty short. We were only able to get in about 10-12 solid turns before we were at the bottom. After a few days of riding there, we traveled to Landgraaf to train on the race slope before the World Cup. Itís really nice here and the ski area and event organizers are doing a great job at making us feel welcome. Everything we need is right here the ski slope, lodging, gym, food; you literally do not have to go outside at all. Very bazaar considering we are involved in an outdoor sport, but who knows with global warming and climate change maybe this is simply cutting edgeÖ..I hope not I like powder too much.
The hill here is pretty flat, but is long enough for the race to be legit, todayís training course had 21 turns in it and was about 23 seconds for the men and 27 seconds for the ladies, which is close to what most PSL races are outdoors. This is the 6th year that Landgraaf has hosted the World Cup and they really do seem to enjoy having us here. This year they have add two good sized rollers in the course to give a little extra excitement and add some challenge to the riders.
Racing in Europe is quite different than racing in North America. The community is very supportive to have us in their town, they are here watching us train, asking us questions and actually know who the riders are. There is also live TV for the finals broadcasted by Eurosport.
One more day of training then we race, wish us luck.