Sunday, April 03, 2011

Race season Kick off

Racing in 2011 got off to a great start with a win at the first US xc cup.  Going into your first race you’re never sure quite what to expect.  You can feel good in training, but if you train solo most of the time it’s hard to know just what feeling good in training will me when you have a number plate on.

The short track the following day wasn’t quite as great.  I felt good, had good legs, but just not the ability to change pace yet that you need for that kind of event.  Former Luna teammate Chloe Forsman took a well deserved sprint win over the group of 5 of us that got away from the bunch early into the race.


At 5:45 that night we were in our sweet new sprinter van and headed for team camp in the San Francisco area.  We pulled in at 1 am, got some sleep and then were up early to head to Napa to visit Gary and Kit Erickson (ClifBar owners) at their latest inspiration Velo Vino.  Combining their passion for cycling with their developing winery the offer wine tasting and Cycling tours in the St Helena's area.  Their boutique is great.  You can enjoy wine and espresso while munching on Clif and Luna Bars between rides.


Velo Vinoin Napa Valley
Gary Erickson preps some espresso

A group of us did a spectacular ride back from Petaluma to Sausalito going over the ridge of mt. Tamalpais.  Beautiful!   We’ve been getting beautiful weather for camp and visits from velonews and sponsors camelbak and fox as we get our new bikes dialled in and check out the latest Luna products.

Always a highlight is getting in to ClifBar for Breakfast with the staff and packing goody boxes to send home.   Eating has definitely been a significant part of the camp experience, but then we do ride for a food company!

On Friday Luna Summit Began.  160 women from Luna local teams across the USA arrived to get run, swim and bike clinics, play,eat, and learn about Luna and the breast cancer fund.  What a fun, energetic crew! 
Marin County, 10 min ride from our hotel

It has been a busy and fun filled week and no time to go home for a rest before Luna tackles the Sea Otter, our first World cup in South Africa and then divide ourselves between Mellow johnny’s and the Whiskey 50.  Thanks to everyone, sponsors, Lunas who made this last week so fun and full.

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