I’ve done Worlds in Sankt Wendel six years ago and I liked the course. It’s hilly and hard because there’s not much recuperation. Of course, depending on the weather, it can be slippery, muddy or fast. But I don’t really mind what the conditions are,” said Vos.
If Vos realizes her dream to hold onto the rainbow jersey for a third consecutive year, do not expect to see it for the rest of the season. Directly after the World Championships, she goes back to the track to qualify for Manchester World Cup and World Championships.
When asked if she’d feel any regrets for skipping out on the last of the ‘cross events if she were able to retain the jersey, Vos thoughtfully responded, “I planned my race schedule myself because I think this is the best for me, so I’ve no regrets. Of course I would have liked to do more races, but I surely appreciate the few races I have been able to do.”
As for her plans for next winter, she will make her decision after track season.” —Vos Aiming For Fourth Rainbow At ‘cross Worlds | Cyclingnews.com (via womenscycling)
Today I found out about the death of two young cyclists who were out on training rides - 18-year-old British Cycling Talent Team rider Lewis Balyckyi and HTC’s Carla Swart.
Carla’s last tweet this morning had been a photo of her French Toast, with an exuberant, teasing tweet to a friend about the forthcoming ride. I don’t know why that tugged at my heart so much - the fact that one minute we can be here, normal, teasing and enjoying life, and a few hours late, be gone.
It’s hard, thinking about what Lewis and Carla’s friends and families are going through right now, to care about things like the latest revelations about Lance Armstrong, or Cav’s condition. My friend Stuart wrote a blog that covers a lot of what I’m thinking - but I’m finding it so hard to say. I love cycling, I love the sport - but it’s easy to forget how vulnerable we all are out there, and how precious riding really is.
My love and thoughts to their families, friends, team-mates, people they rode with and lived with. And for anyone reading this - be careful out there.
I’ll try to stop posting about this - but here’s information about Lewis and some tributes and things about Carla
Podium Insight - with photos Lyne took of Carla
From her HTC team-mates:
Carla was my best friend. She touched many lives and will be missed dearly.
She was 1 of most vibrant people I met+made everybody smile. She has been taken from us way to early. RIP carla.
Carla touched many peoples lives. Truly inspirational. She may be gone, but will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Carla!
I am happy to have known Carla. So many great memories. She will be missed immensely. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers
and the HTC 2011 team introduction video, with a little bit of Carla. RIP.
Today’s a sad day for cycling.