I’m stuck at Heathrow (missed my connection), so here are a few more photos from Team Specialized-Lululemon camp. I will miss the girls. And riding in Portugal. And I learned two things:
Planking competitions. More exciting than you expect.
Portugal. Colder than you think.
Just a few snaps from the first few days at Specialized-Lululemon Team Camp. Such a great bunch of girls! Spirits are high, even with today’s rainy weather.
I have to say, my spirit was a little crushed when I opened my bike box today, though. Customs held it up, then somehow managed to not put the parts box back in. No computer, no cages, no front skewer and worst of all, no pedals. Peanut Butter is in Portugal with somewhere to go and noway to get there. Trying to hunt down some spare parts now to salvage the situation.
Just ate a glazed donut and a bagel, followed by a chocolate milk chaser. I’m believe I’m now officially ready to head to Team Specialized-lululemon team camp in Portugal on Sunday.
Her biggest victory came in April, when Stevens became the first American woman to win the Fleche Wallone in Belgium. After 75 miles of racing, it was just Stevens and the defending champion, Marianne Vos, battling it out wheel-to-wheel, on the steep climb to the finish. In that moment, she says, the roar of the crowd faded away.
“I didn’t hear anything. It just went, like, it was my first real experience of extreme tunnel vision,” Stevens says. “All I could focus on, I was just telling myself, ‘This is now, this is when you do it’ — and just going, digging deeper than I’ve ever dug. I saw her wheel, and then I realized I was coming around it, and then I saw the finish line. And it was the most, yeah, the most exhilarating feeling and experience I’ve ever had.”
HUY, BELGIUM - APRIL 18: Evelyn Stevens of USA and Team Specialized Lululemon celebrates victory during the women’s race of La Fleche Wallonne on April 18, 2012 in Huy, Belgium. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
CYCLING Australia has issued Chloe Hosking a punishment of sorts - a suspended $200 fine - for calling the head of the sport’s world governing body “a dick”.
“We took into account the fact that the women, and in particular Chloe, earn bugger all from the sport. And if in fact we imposed an immediate $200 fine that would be a very severe penalty.
“For the blokes a $200 fine would be a slap on the wrist. And if the guys earning the big bucks did something similar they could expect a much more savage outcome, but Chloe would be on 10,000Euros or something a year, she has to pay for all her own accommodation, all her own living expenses.
“Chloe was very contrite and we said to her ‘we respect your right to savagely criticise the attitude of the UCI and things that Pat McQuaid has done and said, but you can’t attack the messenger. You can attack the message, and we respect her right to do that, but calling someone a dick or a dickhead just doesn’t elevate the discussion at all and she knew that.’”
This is probably my favourite story this week! Remember Specialized-lululemon cyclist Chloe Hosking called UCI President Pat McQuaid “a bit of a dick” because of his comments about women cyclists at the Worlds? Well, Cycling Australia have decided her punishment… in a way that not only has some uniquely Australian phrasing, but also recognises that she was making valid points. I love the Aussies! This put a huge grin on my face - well, apart from the last paragraph, but you can’t have everything - have a read, it’s a lot of fun