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World's Preparation
11 Sep, 2005

It's been a solid month of training here in Southern France for me.  With only a few races on the program, I have been giving myself a fair hiding on the erg and down in the Pyrenees.  Time is starting to pass very quickly with Road Worlds less than two weeks away.  

Two weeks ago I travelled north to Bretagne to meet up with the NZ team for the GP Plouay.  It was World Cup for the Women and Pro Men and one of the biggest amateur races in France for us.  It was good times catching up with the fellas and hanging out on the farm in a 18th century farm house Jacques had set us up in for the 4days we spent up there.  The team was Scott Little, Luke McCarthy, Troy Klink, Logan Hutchings, and Pete was also there with his team.  The race went quite well for us though we just didn't quite finish it off.  I made the first break which came, and then Troy made the main break of the race, which 5guys managed to stay away for the win with Troy coming back with 2laps to go.  Logs and I were in the mix for the bunch sprint which was down to 50 guys from the original 200.  We were swamped with about 200m to go and both rolled in, in the top 30.  We had Sarah Blake and Karl Moore with us, with Sarah doing the swany's jobs and Spud looking after our bikes.  It was great having some familiar faces helping out over here in France. 

The next day we rode another elite open an hour north of Plouay, which had a filthy little 15percent wall in it 13times not nice.  Pete and Logs rode really well here with Pete running 5th and Logs in the top 20.  It was then into the vans and cars with the girls to for the full day drive back to Limoux, what a mission.  It leaves you wrecked for a couple days so training isn't to much fun. 

Last weekend I rode a 35 TTT with my team which was great prep for the Worlds.  It was my first real hit out on my new Wilson TT bike, which felt mint. (Big ups Mike top job on the frame)   We won the TTT by 40sec so the team was happy with that, but no sure about a couple of my team mates who got shelled in the first 10km haha.  This weekend I have the last round of the DN1 Espoir French Cup, which should be a really good race and more prep for worlds.  The form is there, now I just have to convert it to results.

Just one more week in Limoux for me now, then directly home after Worlds which I am really looking forward to.  Hopefully I will time to catch up with all of you over the summer for a beer of two.  I'm looking forward to a two week break after Worlds then its back into training for the first Track World Cup in December, which will be a shock to the system in the cold of Manchester, lucky it's all indoors. 

So my final prep for world has been going really well here with a lot of spent behind the scooter with Jeff the Ref giving me a good work out.  Will be in touch and let you know how it all goes. 

Thanks for reading hope all is well in your part of the World.

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