Except for Rachel's plane delay in which she sat on the tarmac at JFK for four hours, she, Tom and Dave arrived the next day without a hitch and have joined us at an Airbnb apartment on the outskirts of Prague. We're all adjusting to the stagnant heat and lack of air conditioning. Cold showers are the current preferred cool down method. All bikes arrived safely and Jeff already took a short spin last night along a lovely river path.
Just like prior years, it's already been a fun "cross contamination" of adventure racing, mountain bike and orienteering stories. Jeff and Rachel raced together earlier this year with David Ashley, who competed for Team USA in Estonia two years ago, and know of Peter, Joe Brautigam and Tom , Justin and Dave's WEDALI racing team as well. The Adventure Racing/MTBO ties run deep.
After a morning team spin we'll be picking up Nathan (who just earned his 5th degree black belt earlier this week -- by lying on a bed of nails and having someone break a cement block on his abdomen!?), Sarah and Peter and heading off to training camp to get some solid practice in before the following week's races begin. A game of van packing Tetris is in store.
Here are a few pictures of Jeff, Abra and Sue's Prague adventures from yesterday, including a tandem penny farthing bike found in the Jewish Quarter.