Thursday, August 30, 2007

14 Weeks Later

It's hard to believe it's only been 14 weeks, it seems like the Incidente was years ago to me. I feel completely healed physically from the accident. But emotionally I am still very disappointed to have missed the 2007 Motogiro. Lorraine has recovered well physically too. After much therapy, her neck is completely healed and her hearing is almost normal, she just suffers from rare tinnitus now and it continues to improve every month. It's still been a bit hard to admit to myself that I missed the event. I still haven't been able to convince myself to find time to unpack my box of gear in the garage. I'm tempted to leave it all packed for next year!
I've looked through all the photos of the race that others have posted on the web, and I have spoken to a few of the competitors. They all say Sicilia was wonderful and the organization of the event was very good. As usual the special tests have gotten harder, they seem to make the event a bit tougher every year! I looked through the results and it appears that only 14 riders (of 75 in the vintage class) finished the 5 day event on the same minute as the leaders! It must have been very tough. If you are curious, you can find the complete results here.
The organizers announced that the 2008 event will be in Sardegna (Sardenia)! I'm really looking forward to that. It's just my hope that all the great Italian racers come again. I think it's much harder for the Italians to make it to the island events as it is a longer and more expensive trip for them. I heard Giuliano Maoggi and Remo Venturi made it to Sicilia, I really hope they can make it to Sardegna with their comrades in 2008.
I want to thank one more time all my friends for their support for my Sicilia effort. While we were unsuccessful with the Motogiro, we did make a great donation to the Lance Armstrong Foundation! And that is something to be happy about!