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Bartali

Highroad

Just checking in from somewhere in the Pyrenees. Stayed I'm the same hotel as Columbia last night. TdF team is here training on the col de port. Aldag is a nice fella. Big George and brian holm very aimiable. KK looked a bit serious. Cav had gone the day before I arrived.

The cycling? Hard! Very hard! More later when I have a proper keyboard.
berck

Are they going to let you train with them? Wink
SlowRower

Surely the Columbia boys should be posting home to say that they are in the same hotel as Bartali!

Also, are you sure Cav wasn't still coming up the hill to the hotel rather than having gone home?

Enjoy the training!
sabcarrera

Re: Highroad

Bartali wrote:
Just checking in from somewhere in the Pyrenees. Stayed I'm the same hotel as Columbia last night. TdF team is here training on the col de port. Aldag is a nice fella. Big George and brian holm very aimiable. KK looked a bit serious. Cav had gone the day before I arrived.

The cycling? Hard! Very hard! More later when I have a proper keyboard.


Is this the route of the "ever thought of doing this " thread?
If so "tanto di cappello" and best of luck.
I see you took my advice of riding with people of your own standard.
Bartali

Slightly different route but highly recommended.

Last three days (of five) were:

Col de Port, Portet d'Aspet, and Col de Mente

Port de Bales, Peyresourde and Col de Aspin

Tourmalet, Solour, Aubisque and Marie Blanc.

Not bad for three days riding!  Total trip around 650km in five days with about 14,000m of climbing!  Feeling strong and raring to go at La Marmotte in three weeks!
Bartali

SlowRower wrote:
Surely the Columbia boys should be posting home to say that they are in the same hotel as Bartali!


I'd love to say I'd ripped the legs off Hincapie and Kim Kirchen, but they were still in bed when I went out training! Wink

CapeRoadie

Nice, Bartali!  How's the knee?
Bartali

Cheers Cape.  Knee comes and goes in phases.  Not usually troublesome, but I have to be careful pushing hard .... which means I always struggle for real power.

That said, on returning from the Pyrenees I was climbing (for 2-3 km) at an average of 314 watts which pleased me greatly.  If I could sustain that for a whole climb I'd be delighted.

Weight coming down so everything is looking good for July.
CapeRoadie

Looking forward to hearing of your Marmotte experiences.
berck

Beautiful looking area. Thanks for the shot!
Bartali

Thanks Berck.  It's the Marie Blanc.  Fourth (and last) climb of the day ... after the Tourmalet, Souler and Aubisque!
SlowRower

Bart,

Are you cycling up the wrong side of the road?
Bartali

I'm taking the 'racing line' SR. Wink
SlowRower

That makes sense. On closer examination of the photo, I'm sure I can see Hincapie's helmet round the corner below you!
Slapshot 3

Bartali wrote:
SlowRower wrote:
Surely the Columbia boys should be posting home to say that they are in the same hotel as Bartali!


I'd love to say I'd ripped the legs off Hincapie and Kim Kirchen, but they were still in bed when I went out training! Wink



that shot gives a brilliant perspective on the gradient of the switchbacks
berck

Slapshot 3 wrote:

that shot gives a brilliant perspective on the gradient of the switchbacks


I was noticing that too.

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