Thursday, August 12, 2010

Friendships that last a lifetime

Bike racing isn't just about bike racing, if you ask me my favorite part about bike racing I would say the friendships that I make with people! It is so easy to make a friend in this sport because you both share and relate to each other in bike racing!!!

I met Alexis Ryan in Bend, OR for nationals and I think I found my long lost sister! She and I clicked immediately! We share everything in common, we like the same things, and our birthdays are 2 days apart. The only thing is that we live across the country from each other, she lives in Ventura, CA. If you put the two of us in a room, we would never stop talking! My BEST friend!!

We were surprised that this was the only photo that we got together at Nationals.

This is Hunter a.k.a Pete, we have been training partners for a year and we live about 2 miles from each other and it is really easy to get out and ride after school with each other. We are pretty much brother and sister , oh yeah and best friends.

Riding in the country, running into an interesting sign.

This is my pen pal Skylar Schneider. She is 11 years old and lives in Wisconsin and we met during speed week when her sister, Sam Schneider, was racing in the 1/2 women we bonded during the whole week. She doesn't own a cell phone and she does not have an email, so we wright back to each other the old fashion way!

Skylar in Bend, OR when she was showing me her brothers birthday card :)
My coach introduced me to Cinthia 2 years ago at a race when we were juniors! She lives in Greenville, SC. I looked up to her because she was older than me and she helped me in races and now we are best friends, and we talk to each other in German!!

This is in Nationals during awards night, we were both very excited for silver!

Here I one of my most favorite pictures of the friends I met in Bend, OR. Inside is Sarah Haung, Kati Lawrence, Alexis Ryan, Jacqueline Denny and Skylar Schneider. Each one of us lives across the country from each other and we screamed our heads off for all of the mens races, I think it made them race faster!

We tried to break the record of fitting as many as we could in the phone box, didnt work, the real record it 22 people!
I say friends are the best part of bike racing and no matter what they will always be there for you!

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