The first EWS race of the season in the Tweed Valley is done. In addition to factory riders Miranda Miller and Caleb Holonko, we also had Kona Super Grassroots rider Alexis Roukens in attendance racing in the U21 category and flying the flag for Belgium.

“I had a blast out there racing for the first time in the U21 Pro Category. I can say that the level is super high. The tracks were fast and tight with endless corners, I absolutely loved them. I managed to finish 31st with a bad Pro Stage and no chain on stage five. Step by step I improved my times throughout the day, I hope to continue this way. I’m so happy to get back to speed and I’m hungry for more racing.

Now I need to finish my exams and ride all the Morzine steeps to get the speed up for Crans Montana in September!

Stage 1: (pro stage): I tried to stay clean and smooth on the bike, but my type of riding needs to be more aggressive to go fast!

Stage 2: Good beginning of day two on a sick track with lots of supporters

Stage 3: Really tight and fast, so much fun.

Stage 4: Technical and fast, I did my best time on this one!

Stage 5: Lost my chain after a couple of turns. I was feeling super fast in the woods but then I lost some precious seconds in the last part where you had to sprint.

Stage 6: The same stage as the Pro stage, I had a way better run, 13 seconds faster than the first day.

Above Photos: Sven Martin