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11 Jul, 2009
Hey,
So I have been hanging out with Mike in Portland OR for the past 3 weeks and it has been wicked!!  Time flies when you're having fun!
Over the weekend I headed back south to meet up with the Jazz girls in Monterey.  We had 2 days of racing. 
Day 1 = 100km = 9 laps.  It was a hard wee circuit, didnt realise there was going to be a 1 km climb every lap. But for some reason this time round that did not bother me, I actually felt really good up the climb and was confident we were going to pull off a great result. Basically every lap the field got smaller and smaller til Lauren and I were left with one Le Grande girl, and pretty much worked her over big time! Lauren got the win for the team and I got 2nd.  Pretty stoked really! 
Todays circuit was through the Army base.  Basiclaly you had to have ID and a security check to get through the gates. I had a wee giggle, when we showed up there was a line of cars and riders waiting to get checked in and we just rode straight in. A guy from another team was like, man 5 girls just rode in, and no one got screened!  Why we have to wait!!!  Shame! So anyhow the course went through the base on these random roads with "potholes" which I also refer to as craters!! If you hit one you would dissapear forever!. Before the climb there was these old burn out sheds onthe right, and a sign saying "gas chambers".... freaky.  And just to make it a bit more interesing there was a low secutiry prison, and as we were racing by the guys were outside, doing their weights andbuffing up!! Susy  recons a couple were flashing their chests and yelling for her!! hahha... the cheer squad!

Day 2 = 55min Criterium.  Coming into the race today I think we were quietly confident, well I knew we could podium for sure, after yesterdays performance!  So from about 5 min into it Steph was on the go the whole time! attacking/covering/blocking/countering...... Susy was taking flyers.... (picking up a toilet roll as a preme along the way, but not just any toilet paper, it had Sarah Palans face on it.... hehehe, well I think its funny) Anyhow, basiclaly long story short, I ended up in a break with 2 others and 2 laps to go it was down to 2 of us, and then it was just me.... crossing the line.... alone!!  I'd won!! yussss!!  Actually did a little salute.... maybe a little wobbly but it was there!! haha...
So yeah that was is a great weekend in racing and deffinitly a confidence boost for tour of Delta and Tour De white Rock coming up in Canada this weekend!!   In the past the Jazz girls have done extremely well so here's hoping we can make history repeat!!
For now I am back in Portland till tomorrow then we are off on the 7 hour drive!!  My Favourite! 
The tour has been on TV here ALL day EVERY day! Its been crazy, and its funny during the add breaks the riders and teams have adds and they like slag each other off...  I guess you gotta see them to find it funny!!
Don't forget to check out www.jazzapplecycling.com for more updates!

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