Greetings from the land of the obese! I am currently basking in the North Carolina heat, typing this in the sun is proving to be a bit tricky, it’s like trying to find the snitch with my cursor! So sorry to hear the weather is gross back home and a stage of the tour of Britain even had to be cancelled as a result (what a joke). Well lucky for me there is no sign of ‘fall’ here, I am lapping up all the sun I can get.
I have been here for nearly 3 weeks now racing with Colavita pro women’s team. It’s been great, they are such a friendly bunch and I have learned so much from racing alongside the number 1 team out here in the States. I have done 5 crits so far, the Chris Thater Memorial in Binghampton NY and the Gateway Cup in St Louis (a 4 day race). I was quite apprehensive at the prospect of coming over here and trying to impress by just riding crits. After all, my technical prowess leaves a lot to be desired for. But I am getting better, and the crits aren’t too crazy; 4 lefties over about a mile and nice wide roads usually! I have learned so much about team tactics, the team put a lot of their success down to the fact that they are 100% committed to working for each other. It is a really nice environment to be in where at the end of the day they don’t mind who from the team wins. Everyone plays their part within the team and does a great jabbbbbbb (I am trying not to pick up on this American lingo!!)
The team won the Chris Thater Memorial. I didn’t feel like I was able to do much to contribute to that victory still being on UK time. We also won ¾ races in St Louis, I managed to bag a podium spot too! No booze for me on the podium though being under age over here! The atmosphere at the races is awesome (said in an American accent); street party’s all over the place. It was seriously hot though, like racing in a sauna with a breeze like some one blowing a hair dryer on you!The prize money makes a mockery of Europe. The final race in Boston I am doing with the team has $40,000 at stake! Primes over here are worth the exertion at around $500, you aren’t busting a gut for a pair of socks or a £10 voucher like back in the UK. I would really love to race the 2012 season over here, but we shall see.
I helped play my part in improving the state of America’s economy yesterday by going a bit crazy spending prize money in a shopping mall. I am going to have to get another bag to bring back all my new stash. I am currently in Asheville, kindly being put up by Rachel and Adrian from Colavita. Asheville is a very cool hippy town. Randomly found out a friend of mine from my tennis/ athletics days who I hadn’t seen for 6 years is studying at Asheville Uni, so it was cool to catch up with her. Training around here is great, awesome scenery and lots of mountains; with bears and beavers just casually lurking on the roads.
One downfall of being a brit abroad is the mozzys. They love my blood; I look like I have some kind of tropical disease! They have run out of places to bite me so are biting me on top of existing bites. So so itchy aghh!! I get home on the 28th September, missing a chunk of freshers week! Luckily I will be back in time for the toga party… trying to make myself more excited about the prospect of uni! Although I am looking forward to staying put for more than a few weeks and not living out of a suitcase!
Ciao for now xx