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Moving on up: The Trent Wilson Journal 2004

After being one of six iTeamNova riders who made the cut last year when his Aussie Div III team merged with RDM-Flanders to form Flanders-iTeamNova, "Willo's" earned a place in Division II with Colombia Selle Italia in 2004. Follow his progress and get a taste of Aussie humour as he lights up the road in Europe. Trent also his own web site at where you can find out even more about this Sydney rider.

A new beginning

Australia, January 5, 2004


A tradition in Australia,
Photo ©: Trent Wilson

Since I last wrote training has been going really well. The weather has been sensational for training, and over Christmas the bunches have really grown. The weather here has been hot, it means an early start to the day when your doing a long day in the saddle, but sometimes its good to have the rest of the day free when you have weather like this. I have really enjoyed the pool this summer, coming home from training and jumping straight in to cool off. The last couple of days I have struggled to get out once I'm in.

Taking a break
Photo ©: Trent Wilson

Over Christmas the training bunches have grown as many of my mates have time off work. Boxing day being one of the better days with a good group heading out to do 5 hours. Training has been going well but I definitely haven't been over doing it, riding between 700-800km a week, mostly long km's and a bit of strength endurance. I throw in a few hill reps and efforts last week to try and make this first Bay criterium a little less painful. I got a bit of a wake up call when I went into Heffron Park one Tuesday night to race and got my legs torn off, but I didn't expect anything less.

I had one mountain bike epic also just for something different. I did a 4hr mountain bike ride up in the Blue Mountains with mountain specialist Aiden Leffman and another mate Nash Kent. The day was a lot of fun apart from the bit where I stepped off at 50km/h on the dirt. I am definitely sticking to the road.

A post-ride coffee,
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Christmas was fairly quiet, just a family affair. My mate Tomas Buchecek had to return to Czech cause his visa was up, and he was very sad to leave. He did get an Aussie Christmas in before he left though. I'm off to the Bay Crits tomorrow, and a week later the Nationals. Not all that worried about the Bay crits but would really like to have a good Nationals this year. Might be a tad under done but last year I was cooked beforehand so we'll see. I'll be with Robbie McEwen and my good mate Harro in the Bay crits. Will keep you updated,