Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

France- Feb 1, '06

February 01, 2006

The old part is pretty nice in Marseilles, but the rest is a bit shabby. Our second hotel is an Ibis (same chain as the last one), it’s a lot like a travel lodge or holiday inn, except its in France so there are little problems with it.
Marseilles has some really nice scenery. The mountains, ocean, little islands, Old Town, etc. Apparently this area is some of the most expensive real estate in France. There are a lot of big chain stores in France, that contradicts a lot with Spain which had next to none. They’ve also got KFC, McDonalds, Shell & some other’s that I can’t remember at the moment. KFC is fitting, though, considering the locale.

Today was also the first race. Racing here has its similarities to the US, all the tactics n’ stuff are about the same, the speed is a little amplified and the riders all know what’s going on, tactics are augmented to like the 10th power here too. There’s also a lot of climbing here.
I felt good today, a break of 16 went up the road after the second climb, some guys chased over the third climb but quit after we got to the bottom. It’s going to be necessary to either get in or initiate a break in the next couple days; I’d say that a result in the top five is not out of reach. I usually just keep getting better so I’m look forward to the next couple days. As it is, the guys in the break got a good margin of time over the main group so I’m now probably only going to be going for stages.
41st Place today