Quick update… It’s been too long!

Apologies for the recent infrequent posts, I’ve been “flat out like a lizard drinking” so to speak… I’ve managed to fill all of my spare time either working, riding, writing or eating – how lucky am I?

A lot has happened since my last update – I won’t go into huge detail, but the gist of it is here:

Cycling Tips Ella Weekly Column
I hope you have all been enjoying my weekly columns on Cycling Tips Ella? I have really enjoyed sharing my love of cycling with you all. I really can’t believe that it all started here, on my simple little blog! I really can’t wait to see where this all takes me!
If you have any ideas or suggestions on what topics I could cover on Ella – shoot me through an email verita.stewart@gmail.com – I’m more than happy to try and cover what you want to read!

Australian National Team Selection Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport
I was lucky enough to be chosen to attend the infamous Aussie Team selection camp this year, I penned some words on my experience that can be found on the Ella Cycling Tips website here. It was like Survivor All (cycling) Stars. I’ve got lots to learn and improve on for next year, that’s for sure.

Mersey Valley Tour
This turned out to be a snotty fizz for me. I was looking forward to a solid three days of racing in some of the toughest NRS terrain going. Mersey Valley Tour is HILLY, just the way I like it. I have to say that it is rather disappointing to train for months for a race, only to succumb to a chest infection and have to pull out. Annoying not only for me, but for the team who then had to push on through with only 4 riders. All I managed was the ITT, which after was when I started to travel down the slippery slide of sickness. The girls put up a good fight in my absence, Jenelle came through with 3rd on GC and 3rd on stage 3… So we couldn’t be happier! I’m looking forward to Battle on the Border in just over a weeks time, my feet are getting itchy for racing!

The Bike Lane
When Matt Keenan contacted me about me featuring on the new The Bike Lane, I nearly fell off my chair in disbelief! I’m absolutely honored that I can again, share my love of cycling – this time on TV, a platform that I have no experience in. It has been a learning curve for me, speaking into the camera, writing scripts and being totally out of my comfort zone. You know what, I’m loving it! I really can’t wait to do more of this sort of thing!
Tune in 5pm on Sundays on SBS – 6 episodes starting the 24th of May. You can view the preview here.
U.S racing trip
Yep, that’s right… The credit card is maxed out and I’m off the the U.S on the 6th of June to race a couple of races – Tulsa Tough and Tour of America’s Dairylands. I’m racing with a team called Stans NoTubes p/b VeloClassic racing, they are a domestic elite team based out of NYC. I’m so grateful that they have been kind enough to include me on their roster for these two races, as well as house me and take me on awesome road trips… I really can’t wait! It is going to be so fun.

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Dirty Gran Fondo
The best Gran Fondo of the year! Four of my friends donned our CX bikes and got dirty last weekend on 90km of fire trails! The best thing? The feed zones, full of delicous cheesymite scrolls, cookies, baked goods, and coffee! Check out the website here. I think Candy Crux will be retiring this year, i NEED disc brakes!

Whats next?
Next up for me is Battle on the Border, then the week later – I’m off to the U.S to start my adventure for a month. In the meantime, make sure you tune in to The Bike Lane this Sunday on SBS and look out for my weekly column on Cycling Tips Ella. There is so much going on in my life at the moment that I’m finding it hard to keep up with myself. Melbourne hasn’t been forgiving weather wise – I’ve been sick, stuck on the trainer indoors. I’m slowly waiting for the clouds to part.

Don’t forget that you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @lowercasev and on Strava Verita Strewart.

Until next time… V

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