It’s only been three weeks since I handed in my final papers and graduated from Whitman but those finals days already seem like ages ago. Looking through my photos from the past weeks, I found some from the house. I lived at the watershed for a long time, 2.5 years so it was hard to let it go; however, the setup I have enjoyed at the team house over the past weeks really couldn’t get any better. I’ve been living with 4 of my 6 teammates at the team manager’s house in Vancouver, Washington. Dave and Norrene really work hard to help us perform the best we can on the road and the support is unbelievable, from bike work to cooking meals. Of course we try to help out as much as possible and as a result the team camaraderie is great. Training together is also wicked, Mike and Roman have been showing Taylor and I around Portland (just across the bridge) and we’ve found some pretty sweet roads. The Germantown area is the focus of the majority of our training as it provides 2-3.5 hour loops with sustained climbs of 7-9%.
Although it rained every day in the lead up to the hood tour, I couldn’t have cared less. I was too busy having fun enjoying my new kit, new bikes, new teammates and a hell of a lot of new roads.
When in doubt, ride.
Near Death Experience
(blew 10 metres from bottom to 3 km descent)