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The team had the opportunity to reflect upon '12 and prepare for another successful seaon in '13, while catching up on some 'off the bike' news. Although there were many more topics discussed than easily mentioned, rest assured that the GABs are strongly united, highly motivated and unwaveringly dedicated to building upon the momentum created towards the culmination of '12 in preparation for '13. In addition, the GABs would like to emphasize how grateful they are to their sponsors and the support of family, friends, and followers. Tail winds!
Now that's a nice Sunday ride! Before the crazy 20 degree rides set in it was great to get some team training together and be reminded how nice the cycling is out east.
The ride featured 100 miles of training for most of us with great weather in the 70's
and some great rolling secluded roads that teased the team enough that we have
And again in 2012 GAB Percy participated in the annual Deerfield Dirt-Road Randonnée Nº Eight so far. His sixth time in a row going. It's a great and very special and unique kind of ride. Curious, never heard about it, then visit Py's full report:
Again in 2012 GAB Percy participated in the Tour of the Catskills. This year brutal hot weather conditions for the time trial and second stage were putting a extra burden on the riders. The Cat 4 field of 100 riders from all over New England and may be even else where was extremely competitive and TT times were over 2 minutes faster than in the previous year even riders claimed their times to be a minute up on previous performances due to the excessive heat. However, Percy got in with about 20 seconds over his last year's time with an few Watts less on average. Good or bad according the situation is hard to tell. Placing some where top 1/3, not super excited but well, game on.
The second stage was similar, the KOM #1 split up the field completely -- as Percy was already chasing with only a few other riders willing to help to minimize time losses. At the Devil just one other rider of those survived climbing, all others left behind and more to pick up on the way up... many, many riders walking... Similar finish in the 30ties.
Stage 3 not very different,easy going until KOM1, then split up. Little very welcome feeling rain or "cooldown".
Surviving the whole thing pretty good and placing GC 30 all over. Always a great weekend, even pretty demanding.
[Photo on top: Percy with his training buddy Nick W. -- he did very good in the CAT3, congratulations! A very promising young rider may be going CAT2 soon...?]
Brief Stage Reports:
Prologue, ITT: http://pyzahl.blogspot.com/2012/08/tour-of-catskills-itt.html
Stage 2, RR: http://pyzahl.blogspot.com/2012/08/toc-stage-2-devil.html
Stage 3: RR: http://pyzahl.blogspot.com/2012/08/toc-stage-3-little-rain-and-airport-r...
ToC training weekend and a big ride with a serious set of walls on Sunday for Percy with Nick and Benjamin.
Read more here in my report here:
This summer vacation was planned long ahead of time. Percy is still recovering from his shoulder impact/crash (AC separation 2nd deg.) -- so this was just fine to do and add good base miles and vertical. Still not healed but it seam to come along slowly. A week of cycling with buddies in Philadelphia near the Rawstown Lake.
Some for Py easy but fun cycling and guiding combined with a little more good climbing and a chance to check out the "Toona Race Coarse".
Read more here in my full trip report here:
GAB with Swiss buddy "collecting" some of the biggest mountain passes of the Alps. The first day out of the two 1/3 available days for riding was going to set records for both of us in respect of total climbing/day -- topping 5000m vertical in a day with little under 200km in 4 major climbs including two HC categorized climbs. The last and most demanding climb of the 1st day definitively was the Passo della Foppa (also known as Mortirolo). The next days a few more big ones plus a little weather challenge on top of it -- rainy, wet, cold, windy and high elevation and a taste of muddy dirt road descending the Umbrail Pass -- a new experience. Read more here in my full trip report here:
GAB at GFNY:
Percy went to the possible largest road cycling competition "Gran Fondo New York" GFNY -- kind of a race with accumulative timed climbs in New England or even the Eastern US with over 5000 riders from professional racers, amateurs racers to just leisure cyclists trailing the field what was ordered by USAC ranking and then age groups for the non license holders.
The GFNY uniform Jersey was mandatory for this event what I found initially kind of "boring" but turned out giving it a different feel and great team work for miles between riders from pretty much all over the world -- some Italian racer for example took the all over 1st place.
Read my report here:
Read my full report here:
So I am just back from 10 days in Tenerife. What a great place to ride! We arranged a bike through www.tenerife-training.com. A nice durable stead, outfitted with new Vredestein tires. It was my first chance to ride them, and they performed great. Special thanks to Dr Leslie for the set-up. The island is a riders paradise, just do not expect much in the way of flat. Our first climb was 22 miles from Los Cristianos to Teide. It was a beautiful sunny day, with temps ranging from 50-70. Thank god for the great scenery, otherwise a climb like that would be killer.