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http://www.taiwankom.org/en/ is their website if you want to read more about it.
There is also an organization that does training camps - road, mtb, and cyclocross - as well as bike tours there in Taiwan. Website is www.crankpunk.com
Since my experience there in Taiwan was soooo overwhelming, here are a couple of links where you can read all about it. Here is a version in Dutch: http://start-box.be/christine-vardaros-blikt-terug-op-onvergetelijke-ervaring-in-taiwan/
And in English, with lots of photos, here: http://pelotonpost.com/component/k2/item/1345-2015-taiwan-kom-challenge
Going into the Taiwan race, i first competed in a few cyclocross races...as it is cross season! :-)
Kermiscross Ardooie (Belgium) was the first on my list. I had a very slow start since i was completely not used to going that deep so many times in a 45 minute period. But my last two laps were great which gave me hope.
Next up was Valkenburg World Cup in Holland. I remained optimistic up until two minutes into the
|Valkenburg World Cup, |
foto: Luc Wilms
Next up was a back-to-back weekend of Kruibeke CX (Belgium) and Grand-Prix de la Commune de Contern (Luxembourg.) In Kruibeke, I was unsure that my back would hold out since it has been very bad lately but it turned out that this was a non-factor. Instead what took me out was chain-suck - THREE TIMES in fact! The third time when it happened I was simply too far from the pits to run my bike, so I stopped. The crank had to be removed to get the chain free - something I couldn't do on the fly unfortunately, as much as I tried.
In Contern, I found a course that was totally my thing. And in following with my season luck so far,
|Kruibeke CX, foto: Jo Groenevinger|
If I didn't have to fly out to Taiwan very early the next morning, I would have tried some intervention for my back to get me through the Taiwan race. Unfortunately I traveled to Taiwan on a bunch of pain pills and a prayer - that I would make it to the finish.
Since returning to Belgium from Taiwan I have been to the hospital to have a facet-denervation done
|Valkenburg World Cup,|
foto: Bianca van Nyen
Thanks for reading! xxx