This Week Has Been All About Training with a Slight Touch of Racing

Quick update for this week.

off the front

The weather around here (Netherlands this week) has been a little rough this week; making things pretty sloppy. The thing is, when it rains around here it causes flooding across entire roads, which by the time you get back from a training ride, your bikes are pretty much toast.

We’ve been training hard, doing 4 1/2 hour rides almost daily in the mountains, which I totally love.

Where we are staying right now, is a town called Sittard which is one of the coolest towns.

About: Sittard is a city in the Dutch province of Limburg, which is the southernmost province of the Netherlands. On the east Sittard borders on Germany. It has some 48,400 inhabitants. Sittard is part of the municipality of Sittard-Geleen.

The shopping here in Sittard and the basic set up of the town is really cool. You almost can’t help meeting new people daily and learning all about their lives. They are very open and friendly people.

It’s pretty cool how easy it is to go in and out of the Country and to do a training ride where you end up riding across a border to say Italy as an example and back home.

The training rides are always full of scenery. We train a lot on bike paths around here which have lots of turns and really cool things to look at like super old buildings and castles. Check out the video below. Its of one of our training rides and shows you what we get to see on a daily basis.

We have a pretty solid system when it comes to training and racing. We are either training long hours or we are racing Kermesses right now as we prepare for our next Nations Cup race.

One of the best things about being here is when we finish a training ride or race, or really every day, ride or not; Robert who is our soigneur who works on our legs. It’s awesome for recovery.

Yesterday was pretty cool. The Netherlands played Spain in the World Cup Tournament and the whole town here pretty much shut down. They take their sports here very seriously.

Netherlands Soccer Match
You can see how the whole town shuts down and they watch the game as a Country united for the glory of sport. Even cooler was the fact that they ended up beating Spain which you would have thought they won the Super Bowl, only they are a little more civilized over here (no riots). It’s really cool!sign in

Well, I’m off to the races here in Belgium today. Ciao!

Connor Brown

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