Howdy from Pennsylvania!

So the adventure begins, after 27hrs of travelling, with approximately 5hrs of sleep = Lizzie the space cadet!

I've had 2 days to morph back into my normal self, staying in a small town called Kutztown in Pennsylvania. My host Bob is a passionate man that loves all things cycling. He's a secondary maths teacher and coach, so we have a lot of common ground, which made the 2hr commute from the airport less painful. We now have 10 people staying in his house, so its just like my days of backpacking around the world, sharing communal space, privacy is out of the question and eye masks and headphones are a must! I have met 3 teammates thus far, Miranda Griffiths (aussie), Kate Chilcott (kiwi) and Amy Charity (yank). Jono (aussie) the team manager, arrived last night in the Vanderkitten team van, so my first ride on the US roads will be today. For the next 6 weeks we will be travelling in the van across the country, racing most weekends. Our first stop is Philly this Sunday 1st June, one of the largest UCI races in America. Wish me luck and game on!

Lizzie

Making friends in Kutztown. Almost ran over this lil guy!

Making friends in Kutztown. Almost ran over this lil guy!

Me and My first Host Bob, absolute champ!

Me and My first Host Bob, absolute champ!

Testing out the new bike

Testing out the new bike

Loving my new kit, but especially my suitcase with an 'in-built' seat!

Loving my new kit, but especially my suitcase with an 'in-built' seat!