It is 8 July 2016, and its one day before the start of a Nations Cup in Luxembourg. A two hour flight from Spain to Brussels and then a 3 hour drive to Luxembourg was on the books. Not feeling too well the last couple of days with a tummy bug just not wanting to let go.
Was feeling much better the morning of the race and as it goes with Junior racing the start was fast and got myself into a break. Unfortunately I had to call it a day. Not how I wanted to start my first race in South African colours representing my country. It was real special lining up with fellow teammates in the green and gold.
After the Nations Cup we traveled back to Geleen in the Neterlands. Feeling much better I started training again. I really enjoyed the stay and conversations with my team as I have not been able to have a proper conversation while staying in Spain. On one of my training rides I met up with a Belgium rider Jean Biermans, two time winner of the 36One MTB challenge in my home town Oudtshoorn. Was just what I needed as he shared some wonderful stories with me as well as much needed motivation for the next race. See Jeans Instagam post here.
So on the 13 July I lined up for the next race in Opwijk, Belgium, a criterium of 72 Km. Was happy with my performance after my illness and even managed to be in a break for nearly half of the race. The 26th position was not what I hoped for but this was my second race in my South African Colours and my teammate was able to secure a 2nd place.
So that was my short stay in the Netherlands coming to an end and heading back to my home away from home, Spain. Super motivated for my next adventure I leave behind the South African Junior Team. Must thank Cycling SA for this opportunity and Barry Austin managing us and guiding us towards being better cyclists. Proudly South African, living my dream.