Tour of Switzerland, Day 3: Stage 3
September 24, 1999, Embrach
After yesterday's climbing and exhaustion, I decided I would simply ride the
10km uphill TT. It's not my thing, I was tired, and I wanted to save
something for the remaining road races. The course was totally all uphill
with a few flatter sections. Nothing was super super steep and well felt
just the same by kilometer 10. At the end of the day, Zabarova proved
herself to be well-deserving of her yellow jersey by winning.
What has been the hardest aspect of this Swiss Tour is the travel. To the TT
we drove 2.5 hours. For the event we left at 9am and returned to the hotel
at 8pm -- all for a 30 minute time trial. It's too much this late in the
year with a World Cup on Sunday and World Championships in less than two
weeks. Each day has been like that. Many hours of travel each way.
We are staying in the same hotel so there's less packing up. This means little to
me since our team is staying in a hotel run by nasty, arrogant people. They
refused to let us use the phone because there is NO such thing as a calling
card. They smoked continually, glared at us with hairy eyeballs, never once
cleaned our rooms nor dumped the trash, and only after Maruska begged did we
get clean towels. Without communication to you all in the outside world, I
realised once again how important you are to my sanity. The travel is hard,
the tensions often high, and personalities strong. Riding as badly as I am
it was difficult not to have this communication. Thanks to everyone for your
Day 4: Final Stage
September 25, Embrach
Finally we had no travel. The race started in Embrach. It was 7 laps on
last year's World Cup course, which contained a relatively mild 3km climb.
Tired, I failed to warm-up and get a good starting position. It was raining
and I was petrified of crashing before Worlds. With no legs I couldn't make
up for all the errors I had made and got dropped right off the bat. I
finished 3 laps and went back to the hotel for a shower and nap.