Well, yesterday was a very tough day. The course had some hilly sections that were very hilly, and some flat sections. The flat sections should have been fast, but they were mainly into a stiff headwind.
I did reach the finish though, in time to see Paolini take a good win, with Evans coming home strongly for second. It was also good to see Peter Weening up with the front guys. And it was set right on the beach. So far so good.
Now I just needed to ride the transition, and make a start on today’s stage. Should be easy. But it wasn’t. I had planned to navigate between (and along, even) stages using my new garmin. As I think I have mentioned though, my garmin GPS has no maps in it. So it can’t actually plan a route for you.
I had been waiting and hoping that I would get the maps made for it, but it just didn’t happen. So I ended up planning routes at the last possible minute on my computer, and downloading them. Doing it at the last minute means I didn’t check them, and last night, as I followed the steepest possible route, I was regretting that. Not as much as 5 minutes later though, when it told me to turn right. There was just a paddock to my right. A very steep and overgrown one. Finally though I spotted a gate, and no visible track. That was clearly not an option. Happily I had my phone charged and Google maps was working, so I got it out and took a look. That is when o realised I was on the steepest possible route, and that from where I was I still had a long way to go (assuming I stuck to the roads of course). So I kept following the road I was on, because extreme off-road is really not an option.
I got to the start of today’s stage, but I was exhausted, and going further was also not an option. I stopped where I was, knowing that now I have a very long way to go today.
I will ride the stage, but I think I will end up taking public transport for the transition tonight, or else I will just fall too far behind.
On that note, time to ride. You can watch it here!
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