Monthly Archives: May 2013

I Made It!

The summary is, I made it. Got to Breschia. There was absolutely no way I could do the seven loops that the pros did, but I managed one and a half before being kicked off (well, before being kicked off by someone who seemed really serious about it)!

There will be a full report tomorrow, so stay tuned. There will also be one more competition for the biggest donation before I reach Frankfurt, as well as a lucky draw for everyone who has donated. By my calculation the last competition was won by a fabulous Frankfurt local, with total donations of 200€. Of course, if you think I miscalculated and you beat this, let me know!

Now, a quick video to answer some important questions, right here!

Cheers,
Rowan

Don’t forget, if you enjoyed reading this you can subscribe to hear about new posts. Just enter your email address in the box on the right of your monitor (or bottom of your smartphone screen)

Help raise funds for charity, just by sharing this post!

A Rest Day for Me

So yesterday’s stage was called off, because of the terrible weather. Very sensible too, I would say. I caught a train away from the start to half way along today’s stage, and then I rode a bit of today’s stage. I only rode the section in the valley though.

image

Gorgeous gorge near Bolzano

The valley was absolutely beautiful, but the finish went up well above 2000m, and there was simply no way I was going up there. I rode until the freezing rain started, then I turned around and rode back down the valley until I came to a warm hotel. I did 100km yesterday, but it was 100 easy km.

Continue reading

Help raise funds for charity, just by sharing this post!

Of all the days to not have the video running…

Wednesday started well, but ended with a bang!

I had already ridden a fair chunk of the course for the day’s stage on Tuesday, and with it being quite flat I was able to make good progress. A fair proportion was also done riding with other people. This adds to the pleasure, as well as the speed when you share the work in the wind.
Continue reading

Help raise funds for charity, just by sharing this post!

Ahead of the storm…

Yesterday went ok. I awoke suffering from a cold but was still riding ok and managed to finished the day’s stage fairly early. The fact that I had done most of it the day before certainly helped.

Today is also a long day, and I wanted to get a start on today’s stage as well, but during the final climb yesterday the rain started coming down. I decided to catch a train for most of the transition rather than riding it, to give myself a chance to warm up and dry off.

The plan worked well, and I got close to today’s start feeling much warmer. I headed out onto the road but before long the weather started looking ugly yet again.

I quickly wrapped up and decided to ride to the nearest hotel. The only problem bring that there wasn’t one nearby.

I was going to have to ride for a while, but it turned out not to be so bad. It was a storm front coming through, with a lot of wind. But it was coming from right behind me, in a very distinct line. So I swept across the land at 30 or 40 km/h, with rain spots around me but 200m behind me everything was drenched. Very cool.

Of course, then it caught me and I was drenched too, but happily by then there was a shower nearby!

Here is a short video about the day. Today livetracking doesn’t seem to work for me, my apologies!

Cheers,
Rowan

Don’t forget, if you enjoyed reading this you can subscribe to hear about new posts. Just enter your email address in the box on the right of your monitor (or bottom of your smartphone screen)

Help raise funds for charity, just by sharing this post!

A Quick Post from a Mountain

A quick post here… I’m on my way up Galibier. You can see the video blog that explains it here.

And of course you can follow my climb live here!

Cheers,
Rowan

Don’t forget, if you enjoyed reading this you can subscribe to hear about new posts. Just enter your email address in the box on the right of your monitor (or bottom of your smartphone screen)

Help raise funds for charity, just by sharing this post!