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

Sunday, June 08, 2008


Saleu, Andorra
Friday, June 6, 2008

On a whim I received notice of a stealth 1.5 day training camp in Andorra. I was to drive into Andorra with mechanic Tom Hopper early in the morning, ride in and around Saleu for 5 hours, stay the night in one of their classy establishments, grab the bike once more and head back to Girona. All in an effort to recon the area for a future training camp at altitude in the high, high, very high, pyrenees.
With it all said and done and the recon officially satisfied I can tell you that Andorra is a sensational locale for bike riding, training, vacationing and anything else bred for the high mountains. In 5 hours I climbed on top of the world and then a little higher. the average altitude there is around 6000 feet and each climb I did, (5), went to a different branch of the huge ski area there, Vallnord. Actually it seems that there is only one ski area in Andorra, but that ski area is made up of many stations. It would be like if in the rocky mountains all of the areas were called Steamboat. Anyway, if you ever go to Andorra, just know that it´s possibly the most spectacular places in the world. Small, but beautiful. ¿I wonder... if you flattened it out, how big would it be?