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Prepping le Tour de Suisse

June 10, 2011

Today’s Ride: 67km—Middletown Rd. to 6th Concession to Edgewood to 8th Concession to Kirkwall to 2nd Concession

Weather: Mild breeze. Some sun, some light cloud. Not too hot.

This route was recommended by the rider I joined last Friday. Some nice, shady roads, which will be most welcome as the summer ramps up. And pleasant rollers as evidenced by the pic on the left and another below. 8th Concession Rd. is quiet and pretty smooth and the site of most of the rollers I encountered. I’ve not spent much time on it before, but it’s most definitely worth revisiting, especially for longer rides that might continue out beyond Kirkwall.

I’ve been a little frustrated by the amount of riding I’ve managed recently; I seem to be able to get out for only one or two rides a week, which is disappointing. I’m just shy of the first 1000km; it’s a nice milestone, but also a fairly modest one. Travel at the end of the month and the end of July will also hamper logging more distance in the short term. Nevertheless, I’m substantially ahead of where I was this time last year and I’m pleased with my form. My hip is still uncomfortable, and I’m beginning to think I should get that looked at.

Most of today’s ride was spent reflecting on pro racing. We’re in the final weekend of the Criterium du Dauphiné, one of the classic warm-ups for the Tour de France, and the Tour de Suisse is due to begin tomorrow. I’ve got Cadel Evans, Jurgen Van den Broek, and Brad Wiggins to podium at le Dauphiné, and will take Andrea Klöden, Jakob Fuglsang, and Ryder Hesjedal as the top three in Switzerland.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. xyxax permalink
    June 17, 2011 11:00 pm

    I’m trying to come up with a scenario in which Kloden hauls back 35 minutes on Sunday’s time trial.
    Hmmmmm, massive alarm clock failure? German bean sprouts? Mass arrest for riding without a light?
    Clearly, it’s the umlaut that’s slowing him down.

    • June 18, 2011 3:36 am

      Stranger things have happened—like Tyler Hamilton and Lance Armstrong finding themselves in the same Aspen restaurant by coincidence—but I’m giving up the ghost on that one. A sign that Klöden’s now older than Methuselah or is he bluffing for the Tour?

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