But the best bit is that you get to sleep with your bike…
twhitby | Blog, Cycling Plus | 12/09/2013 16:38pm
So my bike survived. Whatever abuse the airline staff gave it while it was out of my sight didn’t seem to cause any lasting damage and with a little bit of my own cack-handed assembly work then a big dose of help from the excellent HotChillee mechanics (thank you Nigel and Graeme!) my bike was back in one piece and running sweetly.
The great thing about being on an overseas bike trip with a hotel full of like-minded addicts is that no one looks twice when you take your bike up in the lift, and with no disapproving partner to admonish me I’m free to have my bike in my hotel bedroom. It takes me back to my single days when I’d clean my filthy mountain bike in the kitchen sink and cycle around the lounge to check everything was working okay…happy days.
Now in the early evening with a warming plate of pasta inside me I’m trying to get prepared for a good night’s rest ahead of tomorrow’s time trial and first stage of the 2013 Alpine Challenge. The 8km uphill time trial is our first challenge and aims to seed riders into ability groups for the rest of the week. I’ve made the mistake of reading Hot Chillee head man Sven Thiele’s blog
describing the route. Unsuprisingly his frank account of the steep and relentless slopes of the Col de la Forclaz has not calmed my nerves one bit…
Richard Schofield, Cycling Plus
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