We Did It!

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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!!

Nicole
 

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That's great! I really looked forward to your daily updates, congrats on a job well done. :)
 

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I knew you could do it! :) :)

Congratulations on the award, and welcome back!
 

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That's great! I think it's really fantastic what you accomplished. I eagerly awaited each days update (Thanks to Nicole's mom :)) They made me feel like I was actually a part of it. Congrats on not only going but finishing all six days. This was a huge accomplishment. I've never been more proud. :)

Congratulations on the award! You both deserved it!
 

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My hats off to you ladies. I don't think there is a better trophy than a skunk helmet.
 

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<Ticker tape flying through the air at this time>

Congratulations and Welcome home! I'm so proud of you ladies for hanging in there and doing so well! I can't imagine how grueling it must have been in real life. What a wonderful accomplishment filled with memories that will last forever.

Cheers to each of you! Hip-Hip-Hooray!

<Ticker tape still flying through the air everywhere!>
 

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I haven't had much time to read DRN lately, but one thread was
definitely being watched from over here - thank you Bert & Nicole.

Congratulations to Amanda & Nicole for the well-earned award, and
fantastic result :) You gals certainly rock.

How is Suzy doing? That must have been such a major bummer for all of
you, especially her, but the main thing is she's okay.