- Sep 1, 2000
Thanks to everyone for your support! We needed every bit of support we could get. I was amazed to see how many spectators were cheering for us. We never went more than 5 miles in a 190 mile race without seeing a spectator. People from these little villages were happy to come out and cheer us on. I can't believe we actually did it. It was kind of a blurr but something I will remember forever. On Sunday night the team had a final dinner in France and they handed out awards. Team USA got an award from the International Committee for the best team effort since we didn't get our container until the last minute and we still placed 6th overall in the Trophy division. We last received it in 1972. The AMA also handed out the Valency (Sp?) award. This was started about 5 years ago and goes to the rider who show the most perseverance in overcoming adversity during the 6 days and finishes. And this years winner is....Nicole Bradford and Amanda Mastin!!!! It is a huge trophy that has our name on it which we will share for the year and then return it for next year. We were very excited. I will try to post more about the experience later but I am trying to catch up at work right now. Thanks again for all your support!!