Sima's Blog

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

European Trip'in

Crowds at the finish of Fleche Wallone

Team presentation at Fleche Wallone

I've been in Europe racing with the US National team for the last week. The other girls here are Tina and Sarah (from Colavita-Cooking Light), Meredith Miller (Lipton), Rebecca and Shannon Koch. Jim Miller is our excellent director and we have Walla Wolfgang as our mechanic and Benny Ma is our Swanny. It's been a great group, couldn't ask for anything more.

We flew into Belgium last week and raced the Fleche Walone. This is one of the Spring Classics, and the men's race starts before us and ends after our race. I can't believe I am here racing in Europe in one of the biggest one day bike races in the whole universe.

Ouch is a good way to describe my first race. I'd been warned about how hard it is to move around in the European peleton, but that was a great understatement. The field was 145 women, and from the start we would punch it, then all of a sudden someone would decide to grab a hand full of brakes....yikes! Come to a stand still, avoid collision, then game on again. I was so scared the whole race. Tina finally stopped telling me to relax, as she saw the panic sctricken look on my face not diminishing.

It was great to watch the crowds on the steep climb up the Huy, and the men's finish.

Our next world cup is in Switzerland, the Tour de Berne on Sunday April 23rd, then we head south to the Czech Republic and Poland for the Tour of Gracia. I am really looking forward to racing the Tour de Berne and getting another chance to play in the european peleton.

USA Cycling Van, styled out by Walla our Mechanic.


Blogger TC said...

Yeah! Go get 'em. You guys rock; it's your day!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Doug Berner said...

You mean that look on your face was PANIC! I thought it was total concentration and devotion to the task at hand. Good recap for us statesiders.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous mahmoud said...

I am proudly reading your Europe cicling events . Have fun.
Did I mentioned that we got your boxfull of presents.
love u

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sima!
We are so excited for you and this chapter in your racing career! Enjoy it, and take it for all it's worth!
The Peterson's

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep up the good work, you "pro racist", you!

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Sima, I hope your last race went well!

6:01 AM  

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