Sunday, January 8, 2012

California, Part Two.

Panoramic view of the Home Depot Center Velodrome in Carson, CA.

After laying in bed for 4 weeks with a fractured pelvis following the Astana World Cup, I was finally back on two wheels come the beginning of December and anxious to regain my lost fitness. Due to a greatly reduced range of motion and an inability to weight bear on my left side, the first few training sessions (and I use the word "training" very loosely) revolved more around getting on and off the bike safely, as opposed to actually riding it. However, I stretched, iced, and did physio exercises day in and day out, and was soon riding comfortably for 3+ hours.

Three days ago,  I cashed in a one-way ticket to Los Angeles courtesy of the CCA, and relocated to sunny Redondo Beach for the next training phase. I am excited to be back on track (literally and figuratively!) and hope that my recovery keeps progressing and my fitness soon follows!

-Gillian Carleton

More photos after the jump.

Follow this winding road through Palos Verdes Estates for some of the best riding in the area.

Race Clean + Oak Bay Bicycles. Casual sponsor logo placement?

Beautiful sunset from Redondo Beach.


  1. Any plans on how long you will be gone?

  2. thinking of you and wishing you well. B & D

  3. Thanks for wearing the socks. Its important for people, elite riders especially, to take a stand on this. Good luck in your comeback.

  4. Thanks for the encouragement and well-wishes! My goal is to make the team for Worlds in April, so if everything goes well, I should be in Cali at least until then!

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