This week my preparation for Rio has taken the next step.  I am currently in Belgium training for a few days before I head to Cologne, Germany for the Cologne Classic where I will race with the men.  Then it is back to Belgium for the World Cup in Ostend.

This World Cup will be important as all the competitors I will meet in Rio will be here.  It will be a test to see where my preparation is sitting with regards to further down the road.  I have been  told by our head coach that this is a “no expectations” racing event, but I think we always put expectations on ourselves.  In saying that, I am in full training and just riding through these events.

However I really am looking forward to racing because I love the feel of the adrenalin of a race.  After all that is why we train so hard!  That and the coffee that usually follows a long ride!

Riding here in Belgium is an experience…a great one at that.  Riding is a religion here and I think I have seen more bikes than cars.  But that is to be expected because the infrastructure is there.  I rode just over 42km’s today all on purpose built bike lanes and paths.  It is no wonder that people don’t wear helmets, they have no cars to worry about and bikes have right of way.  But no one gets upset about it, cars and riders are polite to one another and with even bike lanes around round-a-abouts it is amazing how everything works so well!

We have a very small team here, just myself, Stuart Tripp (hand cyclist) and a coach – Tom Skulander.  It will be a great month of just concentrating on training and racing with no other parts of life pulling at us.  I’ll keep my blog up to date as to how things go over the next couple of weeks.


About the author : CarolC


  1. Joycelyn Bowles 09/05/2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Great to hear that your preparation is on track. Very interesting about the bike lanes etc. it would make the life of anyone riding bikes much safer. My daughter Jody is full into her training now for the World Adverture Race to be held in November in the Shoalhaven NSW. I worry about her safety when she does her extraordinary long rides. It sounds like we could learn a lot from the way the people of Belgium design and share their roads.

    • CarolC 10/05/2016 at 5:04 am - Reply

      Yes the lanes and pathways are amazing and for such an old area they have been able to incorporate them quite well, so there is no excuse for a country like Australia to do the same. Best of luck to your daughter Jody, will look to see how she does in November!

  2. Lyn Stacker 09/05/2016 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Hey Carol, you go girl. With you every turn if the cranks.
    Cheers Lyn

    • CarolC 10/05/2016 at 5:02 am - Reply

      Thanks Lyn!

  3. HP 11/05/2016 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Hi Carol,

    looking forward to see you and your australien Team in @Cologne classic – and later on in Dortmund.

    Very friendly greetings till friday on the TT course


    • CarolC 13/05/2016 at 4:42 am - Reply

      See you soon HP!

Leave A Comment Cancel reply

Subscribe to the Blog

Keep up with Carol - get an email whenever news is posted.

I invite you to subscribe to my blog which provides snippets from my journey and my thoughts on overcoming adversity, what motivation and commitment can do for your life and how to achieve those dreams you’ve got tucked away.

Keep up with Carol

Receive occasional emails & news from Carol direct to your inbox.