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

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The home stretch

Girona, ESP
Tuesday, June 13, 2006

We’re on the home stretch now. The culmination of this month of racing is coming up, and then we’re back to the US for a bit of racing there. All the races we’ve done so far have been steadily increasing our fitness so that we can lay it down this coming week at Route du Sud. It should be interesting, there are some good stages for everybody, but I think the key’ll be making the break on the first day, having a good time trial and attacking the leaders in the mountains. I think we’re all gonna be coming around pretty good for this last week so were all pretty excited to see what happens.
Aside from the racing though, Father’s Day is coming up… I was planning on getting some wine… but being the big wine drinker that I am, I’m not exactly sure what to get. We were racing in Bordeaux so I had the perfect opportunity, of which, of course, I managed to pass up. When the race promoters are literally throwing cartons at the staff it’s easy to forget about wine all together. And… when every time you come out into the open where the “wine groves” are grown during the race a, a persistent cross wind nearly throws you off your bike- you know there must be something wicked about the stuff. So I’ll probably end up buying Spanish wine, and looking around when we get to France to see what they’ve got there. I’ve noticed that wine here goes for half the price; I think wine consumption is something of a past time here in Europe- drives the price down.
In the mean time, we’re having a pre-departure barbecue up at Johnny’s out in Olot. I guess it’s a 50 k ride out, so we’ll ride out there to meet up and have a barbecue then ride in the camper on the way back. I guess Johnny’s got quite the set up out there. We’ll see.