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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.

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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.

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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

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Week 2- Going Out With a Bang

Well, week two is over. This week started fairly slowly, and I wasn’t riding particularly far, but Friday that changed. Friday’s stage was around 250km, but I had ridden some of it on Thursday night. After the stage though I needed to do the transition to the next stage, and then I started riding that stage as well while I looked for somewhere to sleep. That bought the day to 275km, making it 1119km for the week, bringing the total for the trip to 2231km.

It was a great ride on Friday though. Not as spectacular as other stages, being across a lot of flat plains used for crops, but good for my ego.

Bicycles are wonderfully efficient really. When you are going along on the flat the only reasons you won’t roll forever are rolling resistance and wind resistance. As your speed goes up wind resistance plays a much bigger role. This is why a bunch of cyclists can move so fast, as they give each other protection from wind.

With the bags on my bike I get about twice as much wind drag. This is terrible 95% of the time. For that other 5% though the wind is blowing the way I am going, and it becomes great. It only takes a few minutes of cruising around 40km/h to suddenly feel good about riding.

Last night was a slow night. As I write this I know I need to go pack my stuff from where it has all been hung out to dry that little bit more and then get on my bike.

A lot of it is still damp, but my sleeping bag and thermals are all dry now. I will need that, because it will be cold over the weekend!

Right, time to go, here is the livetracking link.

Cheers,
Rowan

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The rain falls…

For stage 12, it rained. They did various things like modifying the course for the race, which I really didn’t think they needed to do. This wasn’t hail, or lightning, it was just rain. I have to admit though, there was rather a lot of it.

I wanted to start early so I could finish early and then catch a train for the transition to stage 13. I got up early and as I stepped out of the door the first drops began to fall. Just light, gentle drops. All the same, to be safe, I put the rain covers on my panniers. I also put on my rain jacket, since the start was downhill anyway.

The rain slowly increased. Slowly but steadily. And didn’t stop. I am fairly sure I rode through some spectacular places, but I didn’t see them. And I certainly didn’t stop to photograph them, sorry!

The guys from grandtoursproject.com pulled up for a chat at one point, and asked if I could see anything at all. At the time I replied “not much”, but visibility did get worse from there. So much so that I missed a direction arrow at one point. I don’t know if it was missing, or hidden by a truck as I went past, or if it was just raining too hard, but somehow I didn’t see it, which meant lost time figuring out where I was and how to get back on course. If I ever stay in a place with an internet terminal I will create courses for the remaining stages that I can put on the garmin, but I can’t do it from my phone.

Anyway, after a bit of backtracking I was back on course and headed for the finish. It was a very short stage, so I made it to the train station early and got to the next stage.

I started riding it straight away, looking for a hotel as I went. I found one, which was good, because it turns out the rain covers for the panniers aren’t working so well. Actually, they may as well not be there.

Everything I have with me was soaked through. The clothes I was wearing were actually dryer than what had been in the panniers. My sleeping bag was soaked.

Every time I shopped yesterday I took the bags they offered, so for stage 13 things will be in bags within the panniers. Hope it helps, because there will be more rain!

Stage 13 is a very long one, so I best get cracking. Here is the livetrack link.

Cheers,
Rowan

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A quick link for livetracking

Hi everyone,

Big day today, so here is just a quick link to live tracking. Will be in Austria for a while today, not sure how it will work with tracking but we will soon see.

The full post will come later. And Jan, it will include details of what was almost the worst day of the Giro, I promise!

Cheers,
Rowan

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My post disappeared!

And now I don’t have time to fix it! But yesterday was a great day and terrible night. I will fill you in later. Here is today’s ride though.

Cheers,
Rowan

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