Becky Cook in action earlier this year.
THERE was agony and ecstasy for IW trials rider Becky Cook last weekend, as she lost her lead in the final rounds of the Women’s World Trials’ Championship, but won the Trial des Nations a day later for Great Britain.
Becky, of Brook, held a slender two-point lead going into the final rounds of the individual trials championships in France, with Spain’s Laia Sanz and fellow Brit Emma Bristow on her tail.
But a disastrous final round, where she came tenth overall, only earned her enough points for third in the final championship standings, with Sanz taking a record 13th world title, and Bristow staying in second.
Despite the disappointment, Cook recovered brilliantly to join Bristow and Joanne Coles to steer Great Britain to victory in the FIM Women’s Trial des Nations in La Chatre, France.
They overcame the winners of the three previous years, Spain, to regain the title they last won in 2009.
Cook and her team-mates tackled the exact course used for the individual competition the day before, plus three additional sections.
Heavy and persistent overnight rain did little to penetrate the dry and dusty ground and made no difference to the going.
The difference of the levels of the different countries was illustrated as Great Britain finished with a total of just 16 marks, while Ireland finished on 255.