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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.
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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.
All of the members of the GreenArmBandits cycling team came together for our pre-season planning meeting this past Saturday. Nice to see the guys in street clothes. We have been together frequently during the off-season during training rides, but have had little time to discuss upcoming season plans. This was a wonderful opportunity to do so, while also catching up on family and personal happenings.
On a special occasion the Green Arm Bandits and a few friends went out for a ride with George Hincapie.
Have you every awakened from a dream and wished the events were reality? Well... recently one of my dreams came true.
My wife, Kristin, and I had been planning my 40th birthday for a while. She advised me that we would be having an open house at our home the night before the celebration as a low key way to kick off the weekend. When my GAB mates started to file in, along with a few other cycling friends, I was looking forward to a nice evening. Then, my best friend Sonny and a ring at the door. In stepped a tall dark featured slim fellow in European dress with a smirk on his face.
Percy went to the 7th 2011 Deerfield Dirt-Road Randonnée, his 6th time finishing this 180 km epic ride with 4000 m or 12'000 ft elevation gain on dirt.
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Kris, Chris and I showed up for the second to last Friday night race of the year. A good group turned out with lots of fast guys to keep everyone honest.
Percy participated into the Tour of the Catskills 3 day stage race.
I took a good number of photos after my race was done each day, click the thumbs on left for more. Enjoy those -- let me know if you like to get full access to original images -- find/contact me via FB to get your access, seams about everyone is there!
Friday afternoon the prologue in form of a individual time trial started the race stage one. I felt in good and strong condition, even not having done much TTing at all this season. Put a little extra thoughts into optimizing the bike setup and taking full advantage of my latest toy, a power tap....[click read more]