and i even had a lot of fun racing it. Unfortunately when you take that much time off the bike doing nothing but waiting to heal your fitness suffers. My start was relatively OK but then i spent the rest of the day drifting back through the field. But even so, I had one of the largest - AND LOUDEST cheering sections!!!! I LOVE FANS!!! They can really make a tough day feel a little better. And their cheers came in especially handy after I heard the announcer name me as one of the lucky random racers for doping control.
Oh, and the post-race Vanderkitten party at the mobilehome was a HIT! There must have been about 30 friends and family rotating through our trailer. We ate and drank until the traffic dissipated. From our mobilehome, we were able to watch the crowd around Sven Nys' mobilehome. Sven showed up about 1 hour after the race and people were still there in the dark patiently awaiting his arrival.
Anyway, rest, rest, rest is in order so i must go now. Photos to come shortly!
On a side note, I heard that fellow USA racer Barb Howe was sent immediately to hospital from the race with a possible torn achilles tendon. I hope this is not the case and that i just misunderstood what people were saying in Flemish.