Kendelle Hodges: Rider Diary 1

Kendelle Hodges: Rider Diary 1

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I have heard about the endless sunshine on the Californian coast. However today sitting at the local coffee shop in Newport Beach the sun is hidden well behind bleak grey skies with nothing but rain falling all day! Making this a perfect opportunity to sit inside warm and dry reflecting on the year so far. I have not ever written a “blog entry” however January of 2017 has a lot that I could write about so I’m going to start.

One week after the Nationals was my departure to the United States for the season ahead.  Not knowing when I would be home next or entirely what the year ahead holds for me I spent this week with family and friends riding for fun and making the most of the summer weather at the beach.

The blue skies and summer evenings were short lived upon touch down in Phoenix Arizona for the Colavita-Bianchi team camp. Most noticeably was the lack of daylight at 5pm. It was definitely winter in the northern hemisphere and out came the leg warmers and long sleeve Jackets. Despite the drop in temperature there was a warm buzz as our team came together for the first time. It was a jam-packed week of activities getting to know the 2017 team of staff, sponsors and riders.

With a few weeks until our first race together I took the time to visit my brother who lives here in California. The potential for good weather and training was an added bonus. It has been nice to be able to spend time with family in my first few weeks abroad.

Next stop is our first race together as a full team, Omloop Het Nieuswsbland in Gent, Belgium.

Until next time,

Let the good times roll.