17th September: A lie-in to allow recovery time followed by more coffee and awesome porrridge + (Banana/ Peanut Butter & Yoghurt) - a great start to the day. Boat preparation followed with Jonnie Schofield arriving by train from Biarritz just in time for Lunch. An afternoon of video analysis and general catching - up.
Calum Gingell, Victoria Murray and Wills Fotheringham are arriving tomorrow - Biarritz to Pau by SNCF - a great service right next to the race course. Flat water training session Tomorrow and the first day's race training on Tuesday - with Neil Stamps arriving on Tuesday evening. Carl Foody a casualty of Ryan Air's sudden rush of conscience - 50 flights cancelled so their people can take holidays.... Carl is now arriving on Thursday
16th September: An early start from Ashford with Ryan Hunt and Hannah Brown heading to the P&O Ferries to Calais and the long caffeine, flapjack and pasta - fuelled drive straight round Paris, down to Bordeaux and then to Pau - back to the accomodation the team were using a couple of weeks ago for race training. arrived just before 11 pm - unloaded the Landrover and done. Great facilities - lots of space for trailers and covered space for boat repairs.
15th September: So after long months of training the first of our paddlers are now on their way to Pau for the world championships.
It was an early start as Peter picked up Ryan Hunt and the trailer at 5am prior to meeting Hannah Brown at hpp at 6.30am for yet another early morning training session.
Followed by a day of reloading the Land Rover to get everything in and strapping numerous boats on, the three left Nottingham at 4pm for the long drive to Pau.
Big thanks to Peter for offering to take an early group out and to Ryan and Hannah who have spent most of the week at Hpp sorting out food, boats and kit between training sessions. The logistics of paddlers, boats and kit going out from different places at different times is not easy.
Next stop Folkestone prior to meeting up with Jonny Schofield in Pau at the weekend.Latest Pau Bulletin on https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/ Wildwater Racing for Fun more info on the official website https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-championships/pau-2017