I never thought I would be writing this, it’s been surreal and I still have to remind myself that it’s actually happened.

On Saturday night I got an SMS from John “Do you want to ride the Giro?”

I don’t think anyone could type my reply faster.

Life thereafter was a whirlwind, organizing kit, my CSA License was outdated and I needed time off work. I had to book massages and pitch for a team interview it was all coming together and I hadn’t stopped to give it much thought, until I printed out the stage profiles and routes, and checked out the teams that were coming down. This is going to be the hardest week on a bike I could ever imagine.

It was.