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London

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Waldek, Katerina, Georgia, and Tom Westminister Abbey with the house of Commons in the Background Tower Bridge Monday we packed up the van and drove to London. We had met a BBC World correspondent in Dalby doing a story on Absalon and after drawing us a very convoluted map of London and places to see, figured he'd just take us on a biking tour. So within 3 hrs of arriving in London we had had two cappuccinos, lost Katerina, found Katerina, had ridden over London bridge, tower bridge, and around Buckingham palace, Westminister Abbey and the House of Commons. Pretty exhausted at this point we went to Ping Pong for dinner where we got to try some great dumplings, soups and rice wraps. We over nighted outside London and then drove onto a train to go through the eurotunnel to France and then on to Belgium. It was a long day of travel with a failing rental van, but we made it and the sun is shining! Now in Houffalize we had our first ride on the new course. It's pretty cli

Dalby World Cup

Dalby was awesome. The course was super fun and I'm feeling great on my bike. If only I could learn to start and not go from 3rd to 33rd in the first 30 seconds! Katerina had an amazing start and Georgia and I moved up together to the top 10 by lap 2. I crashed pretty good and then caught back up to Georgia who had joined Katerina by lap 3. From there on out we formed the Luna train. It was super nice to have team mates to ride with and we stayed together till about 3 minutes to go when Georgia put in a surge and Katerina went with it. I tried, but I had used all my surges early on and there was nothing left. I could see a rider behind me and was trying to push hard to the finish to nab the last podium spot, but it wasn't to be and I got out sprinted on the finishing stretch, finishing sixth. Katerina out sprinted Georgia for 3rd and Luna grabbed the top team spot. A pretty solid day, but a bit disappointing for me as I felt with a better start I had the legs to do b
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This foal was born on the farm our last night in Dalby Sunny day at the venue our cottage grounds! The El pacas would follow you around if you went into the fields. I guess the do a good job of keeping the foxes away from the sheep too

Eruptive travel plans

Yes I made it to Dalby! With Iceland's Volcano erupting last week things weren't looking good for many people getting to Dalby Forest in England for the first World cup of the year. My journey began monday as one of the 27 international flights that were allowed to land in Germany that day. The flight that was scheduled to leave 30 min before mine was canceled, and although they checked me in to the flight they would only check me as far as Frankfurt, not Manchester and wouldn't actually confirm my flight. Waiting at the airport the flight got pushed back an hour and it wasn't till we were actually flying south of Iceland and the skies were beautifully clear that I was confident we would actually land in Europe. Tuesday was a lot of hanging out at the airport. Luckily for my sanity I found wireless and coffee and was able to keep an eye on Manchester airport and German airspace to see if either would open soon. Nope. I grabbed a hotel and took my bike for a spin

Racing and travelling has begun!

Last weekend I joined the Luna team for Sea Otter. The weather was awesome and this year they gave us a new course rather than the 0ld 2 x 19mile loop. The old loop definitely had some nice scenery and trail, but the new course offered more interesting racing and a sub 2.5hr race. If it had rained it would have been hellish (read: soggy grass), but it the dry, although not fast, it was challenging. The week was pretty chill with lots of seaside rides and the racing was lung and leg busting as I blew the cob webs out. ST: A crappy start in the short track meant chasing the lead for several laps, but I thankfully bridged up eventually and then felt completely justifeied in sitting in for a couple laps. This was made easier by willow sliding out in front of Lene and I on a mucky climb. Georgia got off the front and I yelled for her to go for it. We both later shared our mutual feeling of "aw crap this is too early in the race to go off the front!". But Georgia pulled

So I guess it is time for another update.

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Resist Corporate Coffee...Amy and I do our part to support the local guy in Seaside... Ahh the sacrifices Chris and Zak getting ready for Breakfast at Mama's in Mill Valley Wouldn't be a trip to San fran without a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. We actually had sun at this photo shoot! Ethan took lots of people pics which hopefully I'll share later Our photo camp started off with casual shots at Picolo's coffee shop in Sausalito. Good idea Dave I'm now healthy and already on my second trip,first team camp and then Luna Summit, but have yet to have tested my form in a big race. I'm hanging out in Seaside California with my new team mate Amy Dombrowski. Seaside and Monterey are pretty awesome with bike paths all along the coast line where you can check out otters bathing on rocks,oh yeah and it is sunny now! This past weekend was the Luna Summit, where 130 women from Luna local teams all over the USA come to learn more about the Luna program, lear