Sunday, 21 May 2017
As an old lady I'm only allowed to do the shorter (!) ride of 133.8km and a squillion,000 m of climbing ..last year I took >6 hours which included 2 punctures..I'm hoping to do something similar this year but without the punctures!
to add insult to injury the final 400m is technical, on cobbles and with a 150m very nasty heave up to the finish line....
so I've started once again to ride the climbs around where I live and this is what I saw on the way to the top of one the other day
only in Aus!
Thursday, 20 April 2017
May 30th Fly out of Melbourne
May 31st Arrive Paris, pick up the car and drive to Calais
June 1st Tunnel to UK, drive north to Peterborough
June 2nd Recce TT course, visit village and house where I grew up
|old..1772 .....looks good but freezing in winter!|
June 3rd Tour of Cambridgeshire TT
|There's one really nasty hill ...briefly--13-15%|
June 4th Back to Calais
June 5th Drive to Sankt Johann in Tirol
June 6th Recover
|Just reminding myself!!|
**The road race was first and I got away from my small group on a hill and proceeded to time trial all the way home..probably solo for 35km.
Approaching the Crit finish..but where was the chequered flag??
** It took over an hour of spinning for my legs to feel alive before the Crit. For us, on last when it was getting colder and windier, it was only for 25 minutes + 2 laps. We were a mixed age group and I got away with the 2 from the younger class after about 2 laps. An attack by one of the others made me realise I needed to dictate the pace a bit more which I did along with Marg. Then the 2 younger ones stopped working and I went away. The officials thought I was the lapped rider rather than the leader so the above pix is of me about to cross the line for the win and wondering where the chequered flag had got to!!
I had put down to race the club team time trial next Sunday but thankfully the team fell through...I'm not sure I would have been much use!
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
On Tuesday we did a quick return trip to Feltre to pick up some Zipp 202 wheels Alex had ordered online. He’d seen them at a really good price, thought about it for a day and then when he returned to the page found them reduced even further!
As we knew the area from last year the next days we were out and about putting in flat kms. For me play time was over and I now had to address speed and cadence issues in my training…ugh, sob! The rides were about 50, then 70 then 100km long.
|boats like these were strung together to make a floating bridge after the permanent ones had been destroyed|
|I wasn't sure if this was a memorial or just a cross|
On Friday we picked up my sister from Treviso airport and on Saturday we decamped to Feltre.
Thursday, 21 July 2016
At only 57km long and with about 2000m climb, this GF sorta looked tempting and since I hadn’t done the RR when I was here for the World Masters Championships it was a sort of “must do” race.
One thing is clear…a good climber I am not. Perhaps if I lost 10kg of fat I might have a chance but long draggy climbs are definitely not my forte. Short one yes, long ones…ugh!
The organisation was ok although starting pens sorted by when you entered rather than age groups was a bit weird and the graphic of which pens were where was wrong anyway. The goody bag was ace..stuffed with…goodies! and there were 5 or 6 refreshment stands on my route, more on the long one. Each was excellently staffed by volunteers, providing opened bottles of water, coke or mineral water and food.
Well…..I finished and this is one GF I wont be returning to. If nothing else I have learned that a 21km climb is well beyond my comfort zone. I can manage it doing the Stelvio due to the stupendous views that mitigate the pain and, truth be told, the boredom but without that distraction 10-14 km is my limit. What’s worse is that in a GF there is always someone who is actually much stronger but for 1 reason or another is behind you and who when passing you makes it look so damn easy! I suspect people pushing wheelchairs would have passed me at one point! However I was determined NOT to stop at any point and didn’t.
How’s this for a great indicator of the climb courtesy of Veloviewer.com
Alex did the long course but stopped 10km from the top..he then ate his way through all the goodies at a refreshment stop and turned for home…he was happy with his effort.
The next day was transit to Treviso day…staying where we did last year and best yet… Treviso is slap bang in the middle of the flattest bit of terrain ever.
Friday, 15 July 2016
|Many many pink jerseys There was so much to see..it was quite overwhelming|
Then off to see the stones…debris left from the melting glacier…appparently they are all over the place, but we only got to see 2 more public ones:
Then off to Trento to our newest apartment….small with very very good internet connection and some TV channels in English..if you like CSI and Law and Order!!!!
Our next ride was with Maria Zander with her husband Wolfgang in the backup van. It was s’posed to be a 50km ride, but the weather meant it ended up as a 13km climb up the Mendola pass:
|Obligatory passo pix|
|just hanging around!|
Having eaten out 3 days on a row, it was time to get back to our usual pasta and tuna mix….. and the following day planned a ride to some lakes:
|50 km adventure|
|Photo opportunity near the first lake|
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Our host rolled up 5 minutes after we called and showed us where to park (not in the garage that came with the house for some unspecified reason) and then opened up the palace that was to be our home for 2 days. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms a TV in a mezzanine/mansard loft type thing and a huge sitting/dining/kitchen area. There is of course always a downside..no washing machine and no internet and no aircon which was a shame as the weather was humid+++ and watching the TdF on the TV in the top storey was a bit sweaty.
|The view from our sitting room/kitchen/dining room|
|The room itself with TV space up aloft|
|Cutest set of coffee mugs ever|
|An old public bath, still in use during the 20th C|
|Sigh...a sign for erratic boulders..a must see, if they stood still long eough|
Sunday was ride to the chapel of the Madonna del Ghisallo patron saint of cyclists, the planned visit to the cycling museum was to happen the next day when we could be sure of bicycle security.
|Obligatory bike/pass pix!|
|A very nice 40 km loop|
|Statue by the chapel|
|Madonna del Ghisallo chapel|