Saturday, June 14, 2008

The way home....

Photos courtesy of Mitch Friedman:

The journey begins for me to come home at last…..I have had a full on last two months it seems and now finally from Prince Edward Island I can make my way back to Germany. It is quite an arduous task….a 17 hour bus trip, 3 separate flights, then a car drive….home is still 2 days away but I am heading in the right direction.

I have had a really good solid block of racing that has been on the most part very successful. In the last month and a half with the team we have won Bern World Cup, Tour de l’Aude, 2nd in Montreal World Cup, podium places in Montreal Tour and then a clean sweep of the Tour of Prince Edward Island….1st, 2nd, 3rd on General Classification, Mountains Jersey, Sprint Jersey, 4 stage wins and numerous placings… is such a good feeling to be part of a successful team that is working well together. Nothing has come too easily, we’ve worked hard and so are very satisfied.

Personally for me, I am so glad to have survived the block. I had a good Tour de l’Aude, an okay rain-drenched Montreal World Cup, an average Montreal Tour (I came down with a tummy bug) and then a successful PEI. I finished 2nd on GC and took away the Mountains jersey. Despite the lengthy travel to this little island, the quality of the racing due to the terrain and conditions is really good. We were able to dominate which is a nice feeling after being thrown around on the roads of Europe in the spring.

I am putting the finishing touches on my final essay for uni for this semester so I can go home and really relax. I won’t know what to do with myself! I am going to have a few quite days, with a few off the bike and then begin again recharged at the end of next week. I can’t wait to be in one place for a few weeks and spend some time quality time with my loved ones in Germany….I wish I could duck home to Australia for a week or so….just need to investigate moving our big island a little closer to Europe.

Next race on the agenda is the Giro d’Italia at the beginning of July. This is a very important race for the team, being an Italian team with Italian sponsors, and we have some girls who have the ability to go for the win. Hope I am firing on all cylinders then….

Monday, June 02, 2008

Racing, racing, racing

I am in Montreal at the moment doing a block of racing. It has been a big month of racing so far with several weeks to go before I can head back 'home' to Germany and take a little rest. It has been a successful run and it has been great to be part of a team getting results, what do they say, "winners are grinners". The good run started off when Susanne won the very tough World Cup in Bern Swizterland. She showed that the form was good for more than one day by taking a commanding tour of what is considered the hardest tour on the women's calendar, the 10 day Tour de l'Aude. I had started to get some good legs, after a slow start to the season after illness and I was able to help quite a bit and really feel like part of the winning team. After very few days rest and lots of travel km's we arrived in Montreal and had the joy of racing a water-logged World Cup on Saturday. Fabiana was our girl of the day and she finished a very respectable 2nd behind current World Cup leader Judith Arndt. So all in all, May has been kind to Menikini.....fingers crossed we can continue in this fashion.

Here are some photos of Tour de l'Aude courtesy of CJ Farquarhson from