WE DID IT!!!
I am so proud of every one of our friends: Natali Van Loggerenberg, Davy Muller, Jim Pait, Kevin Hickey, Val Renn...well done!!!
What a journey these past 9 days has been. Not to mention all the preparation that got us here!
Today is a very special day. Not only have we finished all the racing days of joBerg2c (tomorrow's times don't count), but we are remembering that exactly one year ago today, John survived a brush with death while finishing up a training ride at Lusail circuit around 8PM when he was struck head-on by a motor scooter while cycling downhill.
Today felt like a normal day on the bike! It was an awesome day for J&J Racing, and we think we have improved our position again. Will post the results later, but we moved up in our starting batch this morning because of yesterday's time, and we were passing a lot of people out there today.
The days are dragging by (for me). By the end of today's stage, I would have cycled through fire if it meant it would be over! It took us 7h48m to complete 98kms. We climbed over 1900m - almost as much as yesterday but about 30km less distance to do it in. So a very tough day. There was one massive climb and many many other less massive but no less painful climbs all day long. Every time you thought you were getting a downhill, a new uphill appeared.
This pic is taken at the start line.
Thank you for all your comments on FaceBook!! So happy you are enjoying the race reports. I'm enjoying writing them and hearing from so many of you.
Can't really believe I am writing that I finished this stage!
Photo: It was a day for our local bike shop sponsors - Carbon Wheels and Rasen Adventure.
Stage 4 of joBerg2C is done!
We started in batches this morning after a 6km ride to the start. The views were breathtaking, and it was cold but not teeth-chattering cold like yesterday.
Image: A quick low-key celebration in the tent before heading to the showers
Very happy to say that we finished and without any tears despite a long day and a huge climb. But it all led up to an exhilarating downhill with tons of jumps and spectacular vistas!! The landscape here is just breathtaking. We had planned to take more photos, but it is just too hard to stop when we are so focused on getting me to the finish line! If you want to see highlights, there are really cool videos posted each day on the JoBerg2c FB page.
We all finished the second day, but I'm not gonna lie: it was the most painful day I have ever experienced.
We made it!!! It was a dirty, dusty day. 116 kilometers were hard-earned today and we hope we've used up all our bad luck!
Feeling ready to go after our coach Szymon rang me up to give me a final 1:1 pep talk before the race. He was in the car with his lovely family in Poland and they were all wishing me luck and cheering me on (well, the baby was crying for a cookie, but I'll take any noise as encouragement at this point).
His final words of advice? Don't go too hard in the first couple of days - it will come back to bite you later. Eat and stay hydrated. And, of course, have fun and enjoy the ride.