Hot off the presses!!! Hold the front page!!! Well….. the back page anyhow…. or just, like any page somewhere near the back there, where there’s a bit of a space….
Ahem….. I have been selected to ride on the Cycling Leinster Team for ‘Ras na mBan’! Quite a nice surprise, and I like blue too. And what team mates….. Caroline, Niamh and Orla Mc were all on the Leinster Squad last year, and Charlotte was on the Orwell Team with me last time around; they are all lovely (really!), they are all upbeat, and they all finished higher than me on the GC in 2011, and I am thrilled to be cycling on the same team as them this year, whoooo hooooo!!!
I must make special mention of Mags, our Reserve team member. Mags and I have ridden a lot of roads together in the 2 years I’ve known her. While this will be her first year to race Ras na mBan, she came down to cheer us on one day last year and I will never forget seeing, and hearing herself and Trish at the side of the road on that grim climb not far from Sneem. God we were suffering, well I was anyhow, and Mags & Trish hollering at us on every lap really kept me going.
And a team is not a team without those quiet shadowy souls in the background, the people who keep the chains oiled, and the bottles filled, and the heads clear…. Tom and Aidan. Aidan and Tom. Guys, you have no idea what you have signed up for….dreams are made of this…… and so are some nightmares. Probably.
Aside: It was not really news for me to hear that I am The Wildcard selection on this team, I am not really sure where this leaves me, or what anyone expects of me. I do know that we all have to race the same roads, no matter who we are or what team we are on…… and I also know that no one expects more of me than I expect of myself.
And I know that I am a wild card indeed.