July is good month – a crazy month, perhaps my favorite month of the year. The last two years I’ve been lucky enough to have been in countries like Switzerland, Italy, Austria (for about 3 hours) and France. That’s right, France in July. Back in 2009, my family and I went over to follow the Tour de France around the French Alps for a week and half, finishing it off with a week in Paris. This was the first real life exposure I had to pro-racing, other than through the television and where many of my dreams were born.
Last year, in the first week of July, I jetted off to Italy, Switzerland and France for 6 weeks of mountain bike racing and training – Racer Bikes Cup’s in Switzerland, World Cups in Italy and Switzerland, and many hours of pleasure and pain in some of the most beautiful places I could ever imagine existing.
This year, I’m off to Canberra!! Not quite as exciting, beautiful or mountainous. Or warm (expected temperatures of around 5C each day where we are racing). The trip is going to be just as important as previous mid-year adventures, as it is the final opportunity to impress selectors before the announcement of the final U19 National MTB Team late next week. I’ve had some solid hit outs over the past 2 weeks and I know my form is where it needs to be, so it’s time to rest up, get the legs up, and prepare for some pain on the weekend.
In other news, I’d like to publicly state I may have wet may pants when I saw Phillippe Gilbert’s Belgian National Champions kit – pity he had to go and absolutely smash everyone on the first day and swap it for a boring old yellow one. Seriously – the most kick-ass kit for the most kick-ass big-ringer in the bunch.
Vive le Tour!! (but mainly, vive le Gilbert’s world domination)