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23 Jul, 2005
Hi Everyone again! Thought i'd give you all a brief update of my take on the Superweek International Cycling Challenge here in Wisconsin after Susy's great report on the N.Z women's development team here, that have certainly made themselves present in this gruelling 9 straight days of racing! I am here with 2 other of my FUJI team mates, and with one race left to go, i can definetly say i am on my last legs.The sun and heat has been weighing down on us like a brick almost everyday in the 60km+ crits, with 2 100km road races thrown in for good measure! We have had a fairly good week between the 3 of us.My job for most of this series has been to lead out our fast women Sarah for the preme sprints, sprint jersey points, and to chase down breaks.. and we've make some decent money between us working as a team lately.With 80 plus women coming to the line most days, my legs have been on fire trying to position myself towards the front for my team, the flatter, more open coarses being to my advantage from my track background.My best personnal result so far has been 11th on day 4, but i was delighted with my leadout effort for Sarah on day one to get her the 3rd place/podium finish, and a $100 preme during that race! Day 2 was a dissapointing day for us FUJI girls however.With 200m to go, we had all 3 of us positioned in the top 10 women, perfect! Sarah tried to dodge through a hole on the last corner to leadout the finish for the win, and tried to take it too fast, her wheel slipping out from underneath her, taking me and a couple of other riders out with her..we are still gutted about that 6 days later but i guess that is bike racing! Anyway, this afternoon is the last race of the series, a flat and technical coarse where postioning can make or break your race.So far i am happy with my team and our ability to work together, it seems to have taken us awhile to figure each other out in the races, but our team work is definetly on the uprise! Our next big race will be the Bank Of America Criterium in Charlotte, North Carolina with has a HUGE prize purse for the women! I will keep you updated, and good luck to the N.Z Development Squad on their way to Canada to race as i write. Till next time, Rosy Mccall
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