Saturday, August 8, 2009

European Vacation

Brandy was invited to run a couple races in Switzerland. Her first race was Thyon-Dixence, which despite poor weather went well. Brandy took third finishing barely missing 2nd place. Angela Mudge (Great Britain, former world champ) took the win looking very solid. Brandy ran (I hiked) the course a couple days prior after we finally received our luggage (only 2 days late). It is a beatiful course with some good climbing and staggered downs finishing on the middle of the Dixence Dam.

Currently, we are staying in Zinal waiting for the start of the famous Sierre-Zinal race. We are told this is the most prestigious mountain race in the world. We have been treated very well so far. This will be very competitive in both the men's and women's fields. Anna Pichrtova is back to defend her title and many other big names as well. We have been staying with Rickey Gates all week and it has been great hearing his stories from his Grand Prix races. Otherwise, it is raining today and hopefully clearing tomorrow (race day). I'm glad I hiked up to a hut yesterday and took some amazing video of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. We fly out early Monday morning back to reality.

- Matt

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