Jul 25, 2011
Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen 2011
I had never been to Germany before, and was very impressed by the quality of the roads, the beauty of the scenery, the enthusiasm of the race fans and spectators, and the hospitality and friendliness of the people who live in the area. My father and his family are from Germany, so it was extra special for me to race the Thüringen Rundfahrt because I have wanted to visit Germany ever since I was a little girl.
I am getting used to racing in Europe again after having been away for a year. I let myself get dropped off of the back a few too many times in the descents, which I normally enjoy riding. I crashed on the second stage of the race, but luckily only mangled my elbow a bit. It just became an issue on the final stage when we had to power over a relatively long cobbled section 4 times, and when I pre-rode it, the vibrations made my arm feel like it was being bashed by a baseball bat. Our mechanic Erik helped me tape the arm up like a champ before the start, and it wasn't an issue.
There were a few very rainy days, and we ended up having to wash our own clothes in our hotel sink. Our team didn't have a big team bus with a washer and dryer. But that's just fine, it's all part of the adventure, right?
We're all back in Belgium now. We'll leave in two days for our next stop: Two World Cup races in Sweden.