After an extensive search for a replacement for Linda, the team has selected Whitey Uirab of Natab 2. When not cycling, Whitey is a farmer tending his goats. The team gave him a formal test, looking at his ability to ride fast for short periods, and then took him for a long ride to see how his endurance levels are. They are happy that he will be able to fill Linda’s shoes. Whitey did agree that the added demands of racing will mean that he will have to cut back on smoking a bit. Which is good on all accounts.
Linda has to go into hospital for an operation. Wishing her good luck. Looks like Linda will have to withdraw! The team is very despondent.