After Norway we headed to Vara, Sweden to spend a few days before the Sweden World Cup. We are just under 60k by bike to our next hotel so we are going to make this transfer by bike it’ll be nice to be on the bike instead of sitting in the car.
We ran into some unexpected obstacles along the way. A couple dirt roads in the rain and one road closure because of flooding (it seems to always be raining here so no surprise) that forced to ride on the highway for about 7k.
Safe and dry in our hotel now.
Well the Prologue did not stay dry. At least it rains here all the time so in theory the roads shouldn’t be as slick 🙂 At least that’s what I told my self. But I still found my self sprinting out of every turn to get back up to speed.
Jo and I just before the start of stage 1 of Ladies Tour of Norway.
I arrived in Europe last Sunday. Spent a few days in Belgium to get used to the time change then spent two days in the car to get to Norway for our first race of the fall European season.
We start a 3 day stage race with a prologue this evening. The course is just under 3k and is relatively flat and technical. We are hoping it stays dry but it’s not likely as it seems to rain every afternoon up here.
July has been a month of getting back into the groove of things. It started off in Canada racing a UCI race where my team took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. As upset as we were to not win the team really needed to get as many UCI points as we could to participate in the Worlds TTT this year. So even though we lost the day was a success.
After Canada I headed with the team to Oregon for Cascades Cycling Classic. This race could not have gone much better. We won the team GC, five stage wins and I wore the yellow jersey the entire week. My team rode great to support me through out the week. The most exciting part of the week personally was to win the four kilometer Wothy Brewing Prolouge by ten seconds after barely making my start.
Like most TT’s I was at the start just over ten minutes before my start. When I arrived at the start it was much more crowded than usual. There were about 50 men in line to get their bikes pre-checked on the jig (this ruler looking contraption the officials use to check that your bike meets the UCI standards.) The women had a separate line to have there bikes checked for their start where we were lined up in order of start times. Normally you have your bike checked about ten minutes before your start and then you “patiently” wait for your start time just behind the start gate. But this time they were trying to shuffle as many men through pre-check while checking our bikes for our starts. It was two minutes before my start and I was next in line the official told me he was going to check one of the men’s bikes first. Luckily one of my teammates was there giving me advice from her run on the course and she spoke up with me that my bike needed to be checked it was too close to my start. I wasn’t stressed because it had passed all year. But when it went on the jig I was told the bar extensions needed to come in a centimeter. My mechanic and director were right there to help me with the issue. While my mechanic Eric Maresjo fixed my bars while my director Ed Beamon kept me calm. We gave the bike back to the official to check the measurements and it passed this time. I looked at the clock it was fourteen seconds until my start. I straddled the bike my director pushed me to the start as I clipped in I came to a stop on the line and the official was counting down 5..4..3…. I looked down I was in my small ring on a down hill start. I thought oh well here we go. I did go, and really well too. I crushed the prologue and was the only female to go under five minutes, beating half of the Pro men’s field!!
I wrapped up July by heading to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for a team pursuit camp. It’s my first time to do any kind of specific track work and my first time at the Olympic Training Center. It’s been great getting one on one instruction on the track and getting to know other passionate female cyclists that have dreams as big as mine.
Pretty soon I am off to Europe for more UCI racing and I can’t wait!