Gunn-Rita diary: Last day in Stavanger

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå riding

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå riding (Image credit: Bettina Ravanelli)

On Thursday morning we bid a final farewell to our apartment in Stavanger. Next time we come home again, we'll be moving straight into our new house designed by KleppHus. We have packed our suitcases for half a year.

And here we are at Maser, close by Montebelluna in Treviso, in the north of Italy. We'll be living and training here for the rest of the month in familiar surroundings. We left Stavanger early Thursday morning and were fetched at the airport in Zurich. Oliver from Team Multivan Merida fetched us and drove us to Brescia, north of Milan, and a short half hour's drive from Verona.

Our plan was to start the cycling season on Saturday morning in the Italian Cup. I was out cycling 'round the course on Friday, a rough and demanding track circling around the castle in the town of Brescia, but my body felt weak and not up to it. So Kenneth and I made a joint decision to not take part in the race on Saturday morning. We're not taking any chances with my health these days. I was naturally looking forward to competing again, but it wouldn't have been a good experience anyway when my body clearly wasn't up to it.

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