This is my journal following the Canadian Women's National Team as they compete in Europe during their Spring campaign. I am the team mechanic, driver and general support staff.
Three years ago the National Team made a commitment to build a European base to give Canadian riders a home away from home, and a place to learn the ropes of racing in Europe. The CCA rented a house in Tilt-Winge, Belgium that has plenty of room for athletes, staff and equipment. Located in the heart of Belgium with good access to the airport and an endless supply of top-quality races, the house also has a long history as a base for many top riders, such as Mark Cavendish.
The Women's team landed in Brussels on March 27th and started their European campaign with the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), a 127km race through the fields of Flanders, over the hills and cobbles of many famous roads and battlegrounds. On the 30th we did a race reconnaissance to get our bearings on the twisty, confusing roads of Flanders. The riders rode all the climbs and cobbled sections of the course. Our impression was that the course is very challenging, both technically and physically, but that's to be expected, as this is a World Cup event. The day ended at a fantastic B&B where we were served dinner, and will be spending the next couple of days while the girl’s race.
We're off to a great start, because Joelle Numainville finished third at the Tour of Flanders. Can I remind you this is a World Cup race? Since this a build-up trip for the Olympics, this is a fantastic beginning! Congratulations Joelle!!!!
Stay tuned for more trip reports, as I will update and add photos when possible. For the time being, check out more trip photos here.