Tuesday, May 5, 2009
After a few days staying here at the Hof ter Komman in Oudenaarde, we are planning to depart tomorrow for Brittany, France for the Trophee Centre-Morbihan. It's a UCI 2.1 stage race that brings in strong teams from all over the world. Nate Brown took home the win last year, so we are going into the race with targets over our backs. After our successful race on Sunday we took it somewhat easy on Monday for about an hour and a half semi-recovery ride before lounging around the hotel playing some basketball and occasionally some badminton. Today we woke up at the usual time of around 9 to eat a breakfast of champions of vanilla yogurt and corn flakes (yumm) before going on our different ways to ride. Stuart, Anders, and Gavin set out on a four hour ride with last year’s team member, Simon Lambert-Lemay. Nate and I chose to go our own way for a 2 and a half hour ride. We set out for the canal and traveled to what we thought was the end before turning off and somehow finding ourselves in Gent. When we found the town center we started to hunt for the closest frites place and upon arrival we left as soon as we stepped inside because Nate got the "eebie jeebies". After looking at a map, we decided to head over to Brakel, a town about ten kilometers outside of the town where the hotel is. We somehow got off course and found ourselves en route to Oudenaarde (our home town). We ended the ride at about 2:15 and waited around the house for the rest of the team to come home. When everyone had showered up we left the hotel to meet up with Cyclocross Pro, Jonathan Page, silver medalist at the 2007 Cyclocross World Championships, at an Italian restaurant in town. After dinner we got some Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream, which Anders was extremely excited about as Ben & Jerrys is made in his home town, before heading back home. Well, that’s it for now as I'm about to head off to bed. I'm not sure if I'll have internet at the hotel in France, but hopefully I do. If not I'll try and figure something out to keep everyone posted on how I do. Thanks for reading!!