Report from the team coach
Sunday, 21 August 2011
the training areas has proven a bit of an adventure at times, with sketchy
information provided [and freqently leaving reading glasses elsewhere - that bit was a bit of editorial interpretation]. The new mapping
symbol of orange stripe on yellow, indicating the only way to ride across open
ground, has proven a bit dubious to identify on the ground.
to riding on small tracks through people’s backyards has been interesting. Steve didn’t know what to say to the guy
chopping wood with his axe, nor Marc to those having a picnic! Many of the yellow areas are planted with
corn, while figs and peaches also abound.
controller, Antje Bornhak (Germany) has volunteered 6 weeks to this one event.
Aussie WOC foot O competitor, Maurice Ongainia, is the national controller.
shops close down for 2-4 weeks in August, so the locals can enjoy summer. This includes bike shops, with only 2 of 6 or
so in the vicinity being open. We also
struck a public holiday soon after our arrival meaning that the supermarkets
were closed for 2 days. We learnt this
about 2 hours before they closed, and as we self cater, we had a very hurried
major shopping expedition. Three
“teams” were sent off with a list of goodies to find and the results were often
a mystery as Italian labelling is not always what one would think. The junior boys only realised that they had
to weigh and price fruit and vege when they reached the check-out and had to do
a return to base.
organisers are big on ceremony with 26 pages of welcome in the event booklet
and 115 people listed on the committee of honour! I don’t know how I will have time to coach
the team! Today “team officials” are
expected to attend a stone laying ceremony in the heat of the day, and then
there are the almost daily 12km Nordic walks to undertake, not to mention the
golf event (with prizes) on the rest day, as well as the 3 hr tour of historic
villas! Then the night before the final
event we have a concert on offer. I
could be busy, or not!
established last year the juniors are keeping the elites entertained, wether it
be their girlfriend liasing, breaking of gear, vocab bloomers etc. The sight of them wearing the compulsory
swimming hats at our training accommodation was not flattering. Marc Gluskie has been eating heaps but
claims to have lost 5 kilograms! We have
supporters in Rob, Jen and Hannah Goddard and David and Julie Firman all ready
to cheer on our riders. The ice vests
(if we can find some ice!) will be in heavy demand, as the temperatures for
race week evidently are set to break all time Italian records, being at least
38degrees every day. Bring it on.