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Mexico Training Camp.
20 Mar, 2005

Mexico Training Camp.

Dirty old Mexico!   The NZ Track Team has been in Aguascalientes, Mexico almost two weeks now and it has been an interesting time at that. 

Training has been really good and everyone has been going really hard plus the fact the city is at 1900 meters make for a lot of deep breathing!!  The track is an open air 333 meter concrete and was used for Word Cups the last three years. 

On our training rides on the road we have seen some rather interesting sights starting off with dead stuff!   We have seen Cats, Dogs, Cows, Rats and something with a long tail I couldn’t identify!

There is also another aspect of training in Mexico we don’t get much in NZ and that is Dog sprints!   There is more dogs here then anywhere else I have been and some of them like to chase cyclists.   No one wants to be bitten by a dog full stop but a scrawny hungry looking Mexican dog really gets my flight or fight reflexes going!  So far no one has come close to a nip but we have had lots of “sprints”.  

There is lots of cool sights and the weather has been excellent except for a bit of wind that has made the track efforts a bit interesting.  

The people here are quite friendly but few speak English.   The average wage is apparently about 300 Pesos which is about 30 US so there is also a lot of poverty but you still see Mercedes and BMW’s driving around.    The local Taxi drivers have also started to band together and bumped up the prices when we use them.  In some cases they are 100% more but it is still very cheap transport.

The Team Pursuit has been training really well and did a trial a few days back and pumped out 4.15.0 which was three seconds faster then the World Cup was won in last year.   All good and hopefully a good gauge for what’s to come.

I am looking forward to leaving Mexico as it is starting to crack me a bit.  It will be good not having to watch out for the food and water in the US and I look forward to dumb stuff like being able to wash my Teeth under tap water!

Ok thanks for reading.

HG 

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