The 2017 Lost Mills race.
After a 125km race in Ibiza it was time to drive down to one of the biggest events of my season and that was the 2017 international Lost Mills race.
With only a couple of days of rest we started racing on Thursday with the inflatable 12,6 sprints then a couple of hours later with the 14 ft hardboard sprints.
In the inflatable sprints I was placed 4th, then hours later came the 14 ft hardboard race and what a disaster that was, with changing sides and losing seconds in the 200meter sprint I got a disappointing 17th place, it was definitely I learning process and something to keep in mind for my next training sessions.
After a full day of 200 meter sprints it was time to get some rest for the Friday’s 10 km inflatable 14 ft race.
The 10 km 14ft inflatable race started at 1pm, the board what I used was the standard mistral 14 ft by 28 inch board, but clearly other people came here prepared for the inflatable race, with custom made boards from 14 ft by 22 inch to 24 inch, we were clearly going to have a hard race to stay with them.
Starting the race with the top pack feeling strong, I was behind fellow team rider from tahiti Bruno who took an amazing 4th place and not to forget Steeve who took 3rd. In the end fighting and trying to keep up with the top guys I came in 7th. It was defiantly a very tiring race keeping up a high pace and still keeping up with the pack with there custom inflatable boards.
After a hard 10km race, it was straight to bed for me after pushing my limits and was time to prepare my self for the most important race of the week.
Waking up early after going to bed at 8:30 pm, it was time to get ready to race on the 14 ft hard boards.
Race started at 1 pm and what a start that was.
Starting the race with the Tahitians who were leading the pack with an incredible high pace, I really thought I could keep up till the end but I was just losing that extra experience and strength that they clearly had, with fighting and pushing myself to keep up, I lost the pack at the 2nd round and lost all my energy. With a hungry pack behind me catching places, it was a struggle to keep a high pace by myself. In the end they caught me in the last 2 km and it was going to be a sprint finish.
Coming in to the last buoy I was sprinting for my life with the very little energy I had left and came in 9th, I was glad to finish in the top 10.
Congrats to my team mate steeve for taking the win with the 14 ft vortex XL and to Bruno for his 4th place.
Mistral clearly dominated the 2017 Lost mills sup race with their well designed 14 ft boards by Steve West.
It was an amazing event and I'm really Looking forward to coming back next year.
Now on the way back to Holland and prepare my self again for the last 4 international races of the euro-tour.