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MOUNTAIN BIKING: World crown is elusive for biker Katy
KATY Curd admits that she was disappointed not to round off a memorable season by topping the podium at this month’s UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.
The 24-year-old, from Box, topped the standings in the 4X ProTour, winning the British round at Fort William, Scotland, in June, but was unable to sign off with world championship gold as she finished second in the 4x event in Leogang, Austria.
Curd, who rides for the international Rose Vaujany Gravity Team, was unable to stop Australian star Caroline Buchanan from winning in Austria but concedes she had her sights set on a perfect finish to her season.
“I was going out there aiming to become world champ – no-one trains for second place,” said Curd.
“I’ve just had such an amazing year and I’m really happy with it but I’m back just a little bit deflated, rather than annoyed.
“My chain snapped in qualification last year and I didn’t even get to the final so stuff hasn’t gone so well for me at the world championships before.
“I messed up my qualifying run, which was pretty much everything that counted – if you get first in there, then you get the inside gate, which really mattered on that track.
“I made a pretty gutsy move down on the last straight and hit one of the pro lines to sneak into second but Caroline was way too far in front by this point.
“She totally deserves it because she’s had such an amazing year and she is an amazing athlete.
“I had three goals this year: to win Fort William, win the overall series and the world champs. I got two, so there’s still one to go next year.”
Curd was nominated for sports personality of the year at this week’s Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Awards, held at County Hall in Trowbridge.
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