California greetings lead the way to 2010

Mike and I just arrived in Sonoma County where we trained and launched our 2009 race season last March. It's pretty satisfying to feel the full circle, returning to this familiar place for another round. Mike and I are busy planning another ambitious mountain bike season that will be on par with those in recent years. But first, we are taking time to reflect on the one that just passed and be grateful for all the opportunities we have had and the amazing people we have met along the way.

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MTB "super-couple", former US National cross country champion Mary McConneloug and Mike Broderick live together, train together, travel together and race together. They also share this diary on Cyclingnews.

Follow their adventures as they race the World Cup cross country circuit and take on other adventures. Enjoy the unique, professional racing style of these two accomplished racers and world travelers.

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