HOW WIL­LIE GOT THAT KA­TUSHA RIDE

Bicycling (South Africa) - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

“When I ar­rived in Spain, the fam­ily of the team di­rec­tor, Mar­cos, took me in. I thought I would just stay in their house for a week, un­til I could find an apart­ment.

“But they took a lik­ing to me, and said that be­cause I’d only be in Spain for such a short pe­riod, they would like me to stay as long as I wanted. They even fought with me when I brought my own gro­ceries home! They taught me Span­ish, and re­ally made it eas­ier to cope with every­thing.

“Af­ter three months, I’d al­ready won 16 races in Spain. But one par­tic­u­lar race I won re­ally im­pressed Mar­cos. It was the Vuelta Ci­clista a León; it fin­ished up a HC climb, and I man­aged to lose just eight sec­onds against some of the best climbers in Spain. He got on the phone im­me­di­ately – with­out my knowl­edge.

“Next thing I knew, he had opened doors that weren’t there. I am re­ally grate­ful to him for that.”

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