"— Rochelle Gilmore (@RochelleGilmore)January 21, 2014
Giorgia Bronzini is auctioning her Bay Crits yellow jersey, in aid of the Amy Gillett Foundation - bid here
But for me what stood out the most was the way it all operated, in a couple of different aspects.
How Giorgia was so much happier after day 2, where she actually got beaten and ran 2nd, compared to the first day where she won. She looked to the team effort, and that we all just worked so much better together that second day, that everyone had better legs and that we all put our hearts in it, to do it according to our plan. We didn’t manage to come home with the win that day, but Giorgia was able to see more value in the team’s efforts, and how everyone and the team had improved, and that to me shows how much of a TEAM this is!
Secondly the management sees you as an individual, and where you’re at; looking to get the best out of what’s possible for you at that moment. As I said, neither had I been racing any of the earlier summer races here, nor been doing any track action, so I was far off flying this week. However, I kept getting encouraging feedback, and the fact that they actually acknowledged that I put my best effort in for what I could was great. That is very important skill to have working with athletes and gives me a whole boost of motivation to do it all again and better, for the next races and the coming season!
And lastly, we really showed our team work because we even managed the biggest test of all… 10 girls going to the supermarket to shop for a week’s supplies. We managed without the slightest argument or chaos! We even got a very sensible list going! I think the only one who suffered was the poor lady at the checkout when we wheeled up 4 overloaded shopping trollies. Or perhaps the one swiping the card to pay for it all…
I have never had such good food, or as many laughs in a week before, and I cannot wait to meet the rest of my new teammates and get on to another race again, 2014 here we come!"