Once again I’m typing while flying. This time I’m somewhere over the southern Pacific in a Boeing 777, headed for touchdown in Sydney where I catch one last flight to Cairns, QLD for the World Cup opener (watch it live here). I’m just past the mid-way point in my five-weekend racing block and time is starting to fly (it’s like I’m missing a day or something. oh wait, that happens when you fly to Australia!).
TJ, Maja, and I are cruising down I-10 headed home from the first race of the year as I type. We’ve been making this trip to California ever since we first started chasing the national cross-country circuit in 2006.
It's strange to sit down and write an update from last weekend's final US Cup race in Colorado Springs, CO after my first day of training on the World Cup course in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. A part of successfully racing back-to-back race weekends is becoming adept at switching gears after a race and immediately start preparing for the next event.
When I won the Whiskey Off-Road last year, it felt like a bit of an upset and I even surprised myself. This year, I worked on internalizing the idea that I was the rider to beat.
The podium this past weekend was an especially meaningful one as it was the first time I have won an actual medal while racing for our USA National Team. And it's the first time I've ever won a tree.
This year, the race played out in a really exciting way for the women at the front. I was once again a dangler and got to witness some key moves and moments, which was really exciting.
There is nothing more assuring than lining up at a start line and knowing that you've done your homework, and done it well. I felt that and it was awesome.
I was motivated to figure out how to race one of the biggest cyclocross weekends in the country in my hometown of Boulder, CO; and ultimately, teaming up with Stan's NoTubes is what made it possible.