The home stretch
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
We’re on the home stretch now. The culmination of this month of racing is coming up, and then we’re back to the US for a bit of racing there. All the races we’ve done so far have been steadily increasing our fitness so that we can lay it down this coming week at Route du Sud. It should be interesting, there are some good stages for everybody, but I think the key’ll be making the break on the first day, having a good time trial and attacking the leaders in the mountains. I think we’re all gonna be coming around pretty good for this last week so were all pretty excited to see what happens.
Aside from the racing though, Father’s Day is coming up… I was planning on getting some wine… but being the big wine drinker that I am, I’m not exactly sure what to get. We were racing in Bordeaux so I had the perfect opportunity, of which, of course, I managed to pass up. When the race promoters are literally throwing cartons at the staff it’s easy to forget about wine all together. And… when every time you come out into the open where the “wine groves” are grown during the race a, a persistent cross wind nearly throws you off your bike- you know there must be something wicked about the stuff. So I’ll probably end up buying Spanish wine, and looking around when we get to France to see what they’ve got there. I’ve noticed that wine here goes for half the price; I think wine consumption is something of a past time here in Europe- drives the price down.
In the mean time, we’re having a pre-departure barbecue up at Johnny’s out in Olot. I guess it’s a 50 k ride out, so we’ll ride out there to meet up and have a barbecue then ride in the camper on the way back. I guess Johnny’s got quite the set up out there. We’ll see.