Hi all, this is a quick experiment to see whether my setup of email-to-blog works. The Australia NTID team arrived in Wellington yesterday arvo. All the teams are staying in the same hotel in Lower Hutt, just outside Wellington. So far not much has happened- we met everyone, built our bikes, went for a quick spin and had dinner. NTID looks to be a good team, with a good spread of talents and a good bunch of chicks, ably led by team manager Ben Cook (SASI) and Paul Larkin (mechanic, token kiwi and local interpreter).
Bec 'Pride of the West' Halliday
Sarah 'Crash Test Dummy' Roy
Bron 'Legs of Steel' Ryan
Laura 'I'm Not From Sydney, Even Though I'm Blonde' Luxford
Alex 'Ranga Pride' Carle
Lisa 'Spends Too Much Time Blogging' Jacobs
Our stage today is 98km from Martinborough to Masterton. There's one Sprint and KOM up for grabs, but mostly it's about getting a feel for racing and the other riders. It looks like one of the hardest stages is stage 2 so some will be saving their legs.
We're pumped! I'll keep you posted.