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

Thursday, September 21, 2006

World rundfahrt

It's been several days since arriving in Austria. We flew into Munich from Barcelona & drove from there to Salzburg. Salzburg is right up against the Alps. The area is just about the most beautiful that I've ever seen, there are grassy rolling hills with big mountains rising up behind them. Austria is a perfect representation of a stereotypical Bovarian town. There are all these little roads that are perfectly paved, the kind that in the US would come to a dead end after a quarter of a mile. If your not familiar with Austria they speak German. & the weird Bovarian cloth that you see that you think is kaput... is for real in Austria. Either the're really traditional or they actually like the stuff...
The course is quite interesting, I would compare it to the circuit race at Redlands with a little less climbing. We do eight laps on a 22km circuit. The loop has several little climbs with one at 18 percent for 500 meters. Our race is Saturday.