Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Planning for the Climbs in France

I like how Italians plan their trips. Last night about 40 of us got together at a charming restaurant on the shores of Lake Garda for dinner and to discuss details of the trip that is being organized by Eros Poli for next month. We will be climbing Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, Telegraphe, Izoard, and other famous climbs of the Tour de France.

First, we were treated to an incredible sunset. Then it was 3 hours of good food (the seafood risotto was out of this world), wine and making new friends. The logistics were discussed with particular attention to clothing details. Even in June it can be cold on the mountain tops and you have to bring along a range of clothing to cover any eventuality.

Last week I replaced the brake pads on my Pinarello as they were worn down almost to the limit; not a good idea to have worn brakes for the long descents.

Training wise, every ride I've been taking lately is a climbing, climbing, and more climbing, ride. I'm also doing a lot of out of the saddle climbing which I was never good at but getting better at now.

Photos: sunset on Lake Garda, Eros Poli discussing the trip, local racer Petra, the young lady that is coming along to give our legs a massage, the Galabier

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