Happy 2012

As 2011 comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the year that has been.

There have been highs and lows, but looking back I realise that all the challenges I encountered along the way, just made the successes so much more enjoyable and rewarding. I have learnt many lessons. I have grown as an athlete and a person. I have been blessed in so many ways and I have so much to be thankful for!

Here are some of my favourite moments in 2011:

Bira-stage1bMy first European podium, I won the queen of the mountains jersey and finished 6th overall at Emakumeen Bira Tour in Spain.

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Daily training rides with hubby, Carl, in beautiful Italy.

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Pasio family holiday in Italy; enjoying dinner at a street festival in a quaint Tuscan village.

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My mom, Frances, visited me at my home in Castronno, Italy.

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Winning the queen of the mountains jersey and coming 2nd overall at Tour de Ardeche and having my Dad, Johan, there to support.

307665_10150286248566507_541606506_8275665_468805000_n-2Wearing the green and gold for the first time; representing South Africa at the UCI World Championships 2011 in Copenhagen, Demark.

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Travelling to Eritrea to represent South Africa at the African Continental Championships.

What a wonderful and happy year 2011 has been. A special thanks to my amazing family, friends, sponsors and supporters for the love and support in 2011!

Wishing everyone a very happy 2012!

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