Dirk Finders, our German U23 insider checks in this month from his new Belgian team, some darn chilly races, and a new level of competition where he’s not kicking everyone’s butt… yet.
Bella Velo girl Christine Vardaros has had a busy winter – joining Team USA for the ‘Cross Worlds in Holland, and then moving to Belgium to join her new LOTTO-BELISOL Team for ’06. Luckily she hasn’t forgotten us little folks, as she checks from life in the Big League...
It’s funny when it happens to other people… Greg Reain checks in with his new year’s tales of last minute global travel, Heathrow adventures, his 4 days of Christmas enjoying the German yuletide tradition of pubs and discos, FIATs versus the autobahn, and exploring a later career as a travel agent.
The last time we last heard from Rook Campbell, she was still adjusting: both to the pace of the euro-women’s pro speeds, to life in Europe, and to her Italian team. Things got worse - but she’s bounced back with a new team, new digs in Florence, and some cool postcards of this festive season in Italy.
So the off-season has finished and I am back to training again. The weather here in Texas has been quite good and it has been good for getting back into the swing of training again. This winter I am taking it a bit easier for the start of training as I had a bit of a self-imposed rest when I had a 3 inch plate removed from my left collarbone in the middle of November.
It’s now the eve of my departure for the Verge New England cyclocross series races in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and I’m trying to simultaneously do my laundry, eat some food and ram two frames and ten wheels into my 1990 Honda Accord for the seven hour drive south.