"Doing our homework for the first race got us all so nervous. The second I found out I was coming over for ‘Block 1’ I started asking others what racing in Europe is like. The consensus is that, ‘it’s (insert curse word) hard” . Hard to the extent that people who don’t normally curse are dropping f-bombs. Mike Sayers, one of the directors in the USA cycling program, said “The biggest thing is the aggression and and intelligence of riders you face, you’ll be shocked at how aggressive they are. Plus they’re all fast and strong.” Jade recalled her experience last year, “The race is all out, all the time. Last year I only drank a ½ bottle the entire race since there was never a moment that lulled and allowed me the opportunity to eat”."