Letters From Abroad – Results Roll In

Editor’s Note: Peter Horn is an American racing with the Geox-Fuji Test Team, the amateur development team of Geox-TMC. As Geox-Fuji Test Team’s captain, he’s looking to lead the team to victories in Belgium and around Europe, and help break the team’s riders into the Professional ranks.

25 April 2011 – Oostkamp, Belgium

First, the racing for this week: I finished 10th in GP Stad Roeselare on Sunday, and teammate Paavo Paajanen was 3rd in GP Affligem (both 1.12, Belgium). In the final kilometers, Paavo made it into a small break and he was 3rd in the sprint. I was in the breaks all day at Roeselare- first in the hill zone, over the Kemmelberg and other climbs – then in the middle of the race, and finally in the decisive split of 20 that raced for the win in the local laps. I was pretty strong all day but was disappointed to not have quite enough to make it into the last break of 6 riders. I finished in a chasing group and ended up 10th.

The team rides better together every week and consequently, we get better and better results. But the closer you are to winning, the less satisfying every other result becomes. So the group is more motivated than ever and we’re ready to bring home the bacon.

Now for some other news. I just bought a car last week, a 2001 VW Passat TDI wagon. It’s the first time I’ve had a car of my own in Belgium and I feel like I’m 16 all over again. Today I had to take it for a drive just for fun – good power with the diesel engine and it feels right at home on the farm roads and cobbles. I’ll use it this week to go back to Hotel Edelweiss. Gertjan De Vos and I are going to train there, in the Ardennes for three days, in preparation for Triptyque Ardennais (2.12, Belgium).

Today is Paavo’s birthday, so we’ll go celebrate this evening and have a drink in Brugge. Not too much though, as we all have a lot of training to do this week, before the stage races start for us in May. However Bernard, our manager, says that Monday is a great day to go out because all the cute hairdressers have Mondays off; so they go out Mondays but not other days of the week. I have a feeling this applied more to Bernard’s glory days than to the present time. Salons in Belgium are closed on Mondays, but I’m not sure the hairdressers are all good looking and I’m not sure that Monday is the day they go out. In any case, we’ll take a look around.

I’ll keep it a little shorter this week since my computer is down and I’m writing this on my iPhone’s miniature keyboard. Just the Song of the Week: “It’s Raining Men” – any version by any artist. There’s no song I’ve heard more than this one at Belgian races and on local radio stations.

Talk to you soon,

Peter

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