Let me introduce myself. I am Nicole's (Girlrider) Mom. I will post updates when she phones me and advises their results. They will be in France Tuesday, August 21 and will begin racing on August 27. GOOD LUCK, USA LADIES.:)
I just spoke to Nicole (Girlrider). She, her helmet and her luggage have now joined her in France. Actually, her helmet did not arrive at her home before they left for the airport so she met the air freight at another town (Silverthorne, CO) on the way to the airport and retrieved it. Her luggage did not leave Paris on their flight but after a five hour wait, it did arrive and away they went in their somewhat small rental car to their somewhat small accomodations (typical for Europe). The container with motorcycles and equipment has not yet arrived but they hope it will tomorrow (Friday) because the motorcycles are impounded on Saturday and they will not longer be able to fine tune them. The saga will continue with my next update.
When looking at the results, you want to look at the columns: Pénalité, Temps, Ecart.
Pénalité = The amount of penalty points accumulated by being late (or early) to a check. 1 point for every minute late (or early). This will be added to the total points accumulated in each terrain test and grass track. It looks like Nicole accumulated 27 penalty points.
Temps = The total amount of time it took to get through all of the special tests.
Ecart = The total amount of time behind the leader in the class. You will notice the leader of the class will have a score of 0:00
It looks like Amanda *may* have houred out since her penalty points are more than 1 hour. She may ride Day 2 on protest, but we'll see after day 3.
I just spoke to Nicole. (1:10 MDT) She says the course is a lot of roads and even the trails are wide. There are a lot of steep downhills, slippery grass and roots and some other unique characteristics like riding up some steps at the beginning of the race. The course also goes through town which means dealing with local traffic. It cannot be compared to what we typically ride here in the West (USA). The course is two loops, a total of 197 miles. She took some spills but was not hurt. She was about 15 minutes late and then her bike had to be readied for tomorrow before impound. The course will be the same tomorrow.
AMANDA did well. She is some behind Nicole.
SUZIE had a serious accident and is in the hospital with internal bleeding. No one saw the accident so she is the only one who knew what happened. Her husband is with her. Please say a prayer for her quick recovery.
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Congrats to Nicole and Amanda. I can't wait for more updates.
My prayers are with Suzy. I've spoken to her a few times through e-mail, and been at a few of the same races but have never met her. I know she is an awesome rider. I hate to hear about her being hurt and hope she recovers quickly.
Also on the results, the scores below the riders name:
i.e. 6:49.57 (473) : 6:25.00 (473) : 7:20.80 (491) : 7:15.74 (491)
These are times for each special test, the number in the parenthesis is the position out of all of the riders.
Test 1 = 6:49.57 (Place = 473)
Test 2 = 6:25.00 (Place = 473)
Is there any news on Suzy? How she's doing and how long she will be in the hospital? I would love to send her a card. It must be pretty awful being in the hospital that far from home. At least her husband is with her. If there is an address where she can be reached, please let me know. Thanks! :)
NICOLE just came from a visit with Suzy at the hospital. She is out of intensive care but still is being fed with a tube and will probably be in the hospital for 10 days. She was going down one of the steep hills (which a lot of the people walk their bikes down), clipped a pole and landed on the handlebar. This caused the tissue to bleed but did not damage any organs. She was airlifted to the hospital. There was and American Doctor with the riders who went to the hospital also and advised they scope and not do surgery which was best for Suzy.
Nicole will visit her every day at the hospital and will deliver messages if you will leave them here with your name and I will convey them to Nicole when we speak on the phone.:)
Nicole did better today but after all it was a repeat of yesterdays course. However, for all you motocross riders she says that part SUCKS.:p She does have a lot of fans. They seem to love the women riders. She has to autograph what ever they have handy.
For Lisa & Carrie, she is sweating. :think (Girls don't sweat)
Thanks for the update. I keep checking here all day to see the latest update. Tell Nicole we're all pulling for her and she's doing great. How was Amanda's day?
Also, if Nicole doesn't mind, please have her tell Suzy that Neely Franklin (from SERA) sends get well wishes and prayers her way. I hope she is feeling better soon. When she's up to it, we'll get together for a ride. Not that I could keep up, but we'll get together anyway.
I hope Suzy gets well soon. :( I'm sad to hear that she had such a bad crash.
Congrats to Nicole and Amanda! Keep up the good work and have fun!!! That is so awesome that they got the chance to go over there and race. It's even better that the people there are supporting them AND asking for autographs!!!
Please convey our message of "Get Well Soon". From all your NATRA family! (She belongs to our club and has been a member since day one!) Paul Traufler
We have talked with Suzy's father (we works about 5 miles from me) and he said she is going to be fine, it is hard to think of Suzy laying around in a bed as she is on the go all the time. Just wait until next year!