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Podcast: Haley Smith on her best mountain bike World Cup finish

The cross country racer reflects on her third-place at Nové Mesto in the Czech Republic. Also, find out how to hack your local roads to maximize your training rides

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At the Nové Mesto World Cup, Haley Smith crossed the line in third place. It marks her best result at mountain bike World Cup. She reflects on race at one of her favourite courses. “When you feel good on a course, you find that flow zone a lot easier,” she says. “At Nové Mesto, it feels like mountain biking in Victoria. It’s physical and technical, but it’s also fun.” She also talks about her struggles with mental health. Smith looks ahead to the rest of the season, and the wedding she and fiancé Andrew L’Esperance, also of the Norco Factory Team, are planning.

In Full Send/No Send, Dan Walker and Matthew Pioro discuss Geoff Kabush’s social media shots at the men’s podium finishers at Dirty Kanza. They wrap up the Giro d’Italia and look at tire choice. Can you have too much of a good thing?

Coach Peter Glassford has tips for getting the most out of your local roads and paths for your training rides.

Send in your ideas for Full Send/No Send and Ask a Coach to podcast@cyclingmagazine.ca

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