Liv: What was your favorite stage/ moment from the race?
Rae: My favourite stage was the second stage. It had bermed corners the whole way down then opened up at the end where there was a huge cheering crowd. I have never ridden corners like that anywhere, so unique to the UK, so grippy, so nicely built and just so, so many of them.
The crowds were incredible. So many people were there to watch, there were masses of people on every stage. On one of the stages when we were lining up to start you could hear the crowd cheering at bottom with the sound was echoing up the valley.
Liv: How did you feel about your performance after the race?
Rae: It was the largest women’s field we have had since Covid, and depth of talent is so strong at the moment. I’m happy to start the season off inside the top 10. As an athlete, you are always analyzing and looking for better but overall I’m stoked, I had a great day and did some really good riding. I’m fired up for the rest of the season.
Liv: What's next?
Rae: We’re heading to Europe, slowly making our way to Petzen for the second EWS round in two weeks.