At the end of May when it was made official that I was going to Rio I thought “It’s still 3 months away”, well those months have flown by and I wonder where the time has gone.

The Australian Para Cycling Team for Rio is now based in Montichiari, Italy where we are having our pre-departure camp.  We have taken over the Hotel Faro in this small town and I am sure that the locals are wondering what is up when they see a trike, handcycle, tandem and 2 wheels riding out of the hotel parking lot!  But everyone here at the hotel and surrounding area have been very welcoming and trying out their english on us.

Sunrise in Montichiari

                   Sunrise in Montichiari

It is now very real that we are on the final stages of preparation for the Paralympics.  In less than a month the opening ceremonies will occur and one week later I will be racing my first race!  It is getting really exciting, but in saying that I still have a lot of training to do.  After the last couple of weeks at home with real life issues it is really nice to be in a warm climate with nothing to worry about except for eating, sleeping and training!

Last night we even had a visit from Olympian Brad McGee, who had just got off a plane from Rio where he was with the Australian Road team.  He was able to impart some valuable information about the games village and the city itself!  It was great to get the excitement of going started with his descriptions of village life and he left us with one great thought, he said “Enjoy every moment and every meter.”  What a great way to think about what we are going to experience.

Brad McGee addressing our team

Brad McGee addressing our team

I’ll be posting from here for the next few weeks and hope to be able to describe the excitement in the lead up to Rio!

Ciao for now!!




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  1. Joycelyn Bowles 14/08/2016 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Will certainly be cheering for you and the team. You are amazing!!!

    • CarolC 15/08/2016 at 4:34 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Joycelyn!

  2. LYN STACKER 14/08/2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Hey Carol,
    Not long now. All the very best to you and the Team. Looking forward to your updates in the coming weeks.
    Cheers Lyn

    • CarolC 15/08/2016 at 4:34 am - Reply

      Thanks Lyn, I hope to provide an insight into the last weeks of preparation!

  3. Gabi Zimmermann 14/08/2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Dear Carol, thank you for taking part of your great experiences in the next weeks. Best wishes for Rio and really enjoy it. Gabi from Dortmund

    • CarolC 15/08/2016 at 4:33 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Gabi!

  4. Joycelyn Bowles 15/08/2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Hi Carol just saw an awesome advertisement for the Para Olympics. It was like nothing I have ever seen before, all set to music. It showed the extra ordinary ability and tenacity you all have. Can’t wait to see it again. Cheers Joycelyn xx

    • CarolC 16/08/2016 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Yes it is amazing, I’ve seen the video on Facebook. Glad they are starting to show promo’s for the Paralympics!

  5. Helene 16/08/2016 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Hi Carol,Thanks for taking us with you on this amazing ride! Ride safe & enjoy the journe! Good luck to all the team in Rio!! Give Kyle a hug from me 🙂 🙂

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