It's official – CR4C for 2011

Well, this has been a long time in the works, but I finally have a team announcement for the 2011 season.  I just signed on with the French DN1 team CR4C Roanne.  As the name suggests, the team is from Roanne, which is located near the center of France, just west of the Alpes. 

My schedule is looking really challenging, while allowing time for recovery and learning.  We will be doing primarily elite national level races, which is basically the highest level of amateur racing.  To top of the schedule there is a series called the Coupe de France, which will be important races for the team, as well as the odd division 2 pro races. 

So basically after Christmas I hop on a plane to France, and I’ll be there for most of the year, with a trip home to Canada for Nationals in June.  I’ll be living in an appartment with one teammate, and I guess the roads in Roanne are top notch for training.  Everything seems like it’s going to be a really good setup, and everyone I have spoken to have had nothing but good to say about the program this team runs.  Needless to say I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity.

Before I go, I definitely need to thank everyone who helped me to sort everything out for next year.  I’ve certainly had a whole team of people behind me for the last few months, and without them my life would have been a whole lot tougher!

Since when has training been this tough???

So it’s been about a week and a half now since I started riding again, and I’m still seeing improvements every day.  The knee is now completely pain free when I’m riding, and almost has 100% range of motion off the bike too.  It was quite depressing on my first few rides how out of shape I felt, but it seems to be coming back quickly.  I’m nowhere near race fit just yet, but I have a while before I need to be there.  To see the silver lining of this whole ordeal, I think it will delay peak fitness for me until a bit later than usual, which is a good thing because for the last few years I always seem to be flying early on.

So other things I’ve noticed from riding again:  my metabolism has probably quadrupled going from burning next to no calories in a day, to cranking out 3 or 4 hour rides.  I’ll eat until I’m stuffed, then half an hour later I’m starving again!  That sure beats eating breakfast and then feeling full until the afternoon though!  I think the only negative aspect to being back on the bike is just getting the body used to riding so much again.  My neck and shoulders are wicked sore, and I’ve never seen such a bad saddle sore in my life!!  I need to find me a serious chamois cream sponsor!

Ok, now for a little teaser.  I have a team all sorted out for next year, and some of you already know about it, but I’m keeping the official announcement silent for a little while, as there are still a few things to work out.  I’m really excited about it, and it should be coming soon!