Norway?s only woman cyclist in the Beijing Olympics, Anita Valen de Vries, 39, became the target of ‘flashers’ during her night-time training in Belgium recently. She told of men exposing themselves as she rode by.
The story was reported on Norsk Rikskringkasting (Norwegian TV) and in the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet.
It so worried her husband, former Dutch pro Gerrit de Vries that he provided her with an ‘alarm gun’. Although the couple live in Holland, she was training near Spa in Belgium, where the unpleasantness took place.
The night time training was intended to get her body clock adjusted to the switch in time zones prior to flying to China.
At 39, she is Norway?s most celebrated woman cyclist, with 14 national titles to her name. Her international successes include a stage win in the Tour Feminin, third in the 2004 world road championship and top placings in the world cup road races.
Before setting off for the Beijing Olympics, she said on her website: ?I will do my very best to make you proud, as the only Norwegian girl there.?