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SlowRower

Weekend Warriors out - Weekend Warrioresses are taking over!

So, what could top a couple of weeks on hols in great weather and a spot of “Weekend Warrioring” with my trusty duelling partner Tim? Beating him just once or winning the lottery would be good, of course, but in the absence of the requisite horsepower or luck, I found that acting as “DS” as Mrs SR indulged in some “Weekend Warrioressing” takes a bit of beating.

Specific training is over-rated
Mrs SR’s approach to preparation for tackling her first major Alpine climbs was somewhat unconventional, involving as it did doing no serious cycling for a decade, only acquiring a road bike at the beginning of July, and as far as I can recall absolutely no calculations involving power and VAM. To be fair, she’d fine-tuned her aerobic capabilities with road running activities over the last few years so power to weight and endurance would be well suited to the challenges, but going into battle without years of number-crunching to draw on struck me as a major risk.

Alpe d’Huez
Anyway, early on the first day of our stay in Bourg D’Oisans, Mrs SR “clipped in” and pedalled off to show Alpe D’Huez who was boss. The Little Rowers were still in bed when a text message arrived reporting that ADH had yielded in a smidge over 84 minutes, to the full finish no less. Not bad. Not bad at all.

The Glandon
Two days later, she was off again, to bag the twin peaks of the Glandon and the Croix de Fer. Once again a positive text message was forthcoming reporting the Glandon in 2:15 (from Rochetaille, approx 15 mins down the Marmotte route), 2:30 to the CDF and best of all, two carbon Boardmans eaten for breakfast!

La Berade
Next up was the ascent to La Berade, which was woven into a 100k ride involving around a mile of ascent. A cursory look at a map of the area quickly reveals that by this stage of a week’s stay in the area, if you have one spare “pass” for a half day ride then there’s only really the ascent of the Galibier worth getting out of bed for!

The Galibier
Given time constraints, Mrs SR, somewhat reluctantly, I suspect, had to take the “easier” option of assaulting the Galibier direct via the Col de Lauteret rather than via the Marmotte route of the Glandon and the Telegraph, but even so, a ride involving over 2000m of ascent over 50k was not going to be a walk in the park. Well at least it wouldn’t be for me, but Mrs SR is clearly made of sterner stuff than me, as she departed the campsite with barely controlled enthusiasm for this final adventure.

I had been allowed to act as a proper DS for this ride, and as progress text messages came in, I was soon loading Little Rowers, food, spare clothes etc. into the team vehicle for a rendezvous at the summit. After passing the All Powerful One pedalling smoothly upwards above the Lauteret, I pulled over to deal with a wobbly bike rack and a marvellous scenario panned out. A guy came past labouring somewhat. Naturally, he was on a Pinarello Dogma, which for some reason is the bike that just has to be overtaken, even if the rider is not in full Sky kit.

Warning – proud husbanding alert!
Gaining at a healthy rate of knots lower down the road was Mrs SR. I ran alongside her briefly to outline the tactical plan.

“There’s a bloke on a Dogma ahead. You can have him!”

Nothing was said, but it was clear from Mrs SR’s body language that the message had been received and she knew what needed to be done.  Better still, her cadence increased and it was clear that she had the horsepower to do what needed to be done.

As luck would have it, there were no other cars around and no-one descending, so I was able to drive behind and filmed the “Dogma Denouement” on my mobile. It was a priceless moment – far better for me than anything I’ve experienced when doing the pedalling!
End of proud husbanding alert!

The rest of the ascent was uneventful, and Mrs SR soon arrived at the rather cold, wind-swept summit. (It was 2.5C, with the odd flake of snow at the time.) As Mrs SR stopped, I handed over a wind-proof and seized “Hagrid” (said bike is a Giant, and Harry Potter is very popular at home these days) with the intention of putting him on the rack for the return journey. I didn’t get very far, as Hagrid was soon wrestled from my grasp by Mrs SR, and I was informed that I was a blathering idiot as the obligatory bike and summit marker photocall had not been completed. Clearly, I have much to work on before I am worthy of being appointed as full time DS!

Weekend Warrioring
I did a fair bit of riding as well, but it can easily be described as: “Got backside kicked by Tim, climbed slightly slower than last summer, Grosse Scheidegg in Switzerland is a nasty b*gger and I’ll only beat the hour for ADH by means of a motor.”

You're spared my usual verbose account of my efforts as I'm spending my spare time repeatedly watching the video of the Dogma incident at the moment. Vicarious cycling is much easier than the real thing, it has to be said!

Mini Warrioring
Elder Little Rower got in the act as well mid-week, riding the final part of the ADH ascent – from the Warrior finish to the full finish – with her decrepit old Dad. Needless to say, she reported afterwards that we hadn’t been going fast enough!
MAILLOT JAUNE

Nice report SR and congrats to Mrs SR. Very impressive and gutsy rides. Elder Little Rower seems to be made from the same mettle as Mrs SR.
Guiness

Hilarious report. Loved the "Warning – proud husbanding alert! ... “There’s a bloke on a Dogma ahead. You can have him!” "   Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy

Well done Mrs SR. Marmotte next year is it?
Slapshot 3

Guiness wrote:
Hilarious report. Loved the "Warning – proud husbanding alert! ... “There’s a bloke on a Dogma ahead. You can have him!” "   Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy

Well done Mrs SR. Marmotte next year is it?


Now if I said that to the Memsahib she'd take a completely different way.... Rolling Eyes  Rolling Eyes

I'm sensing a new competition next year, a battle of the sexes. Mr SR against Mrs SR, Bart can do the DS bit, I'll come and take piccies

Brilliant tale again mate, you really have a way of putting the family exploits across, thanks!!
SlowRower

Slapshot 3 wrote:
I'm sensing a new competition next year, a battle of the sexes. Mr SR against Mrs SR, Bart can do the DS bit...


We've discussed all sorts of options for next year, but Bart as DS hadn't featured. We need to give this some serious thought.

Better still, Bart could join Mrs SR's leadout train (he'd have to do the old Mark Renshaw role, as I'd naturally play Bernie Eisel to Mrs SR's Cav) and bring his butler along to act as DS.

If MJM would come along to act as campsite skivvy, cook and bottle-washer, it's hard to imagine a better way to do the Marmotte...Smile
Guiness

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Guiness wrote:
Hilarious report. Loved the "Warning – proud husbanding alert! ... “There’s a bloke on a Dogma ahead. You can have him!” "   Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy

Well done Mrs SR. Marmotte next year is it?


Now if I said that to the Memsahib she'd take a completely different way.... Rolling Eyes  Rolling Eyes


Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

Slapshot 3 wrote:

I'm sensing a new competition next year, a battle of the sexes.


There's no battle between Mrs G and I in these matters! She just wins out right. I just get attacked by pigeons...  Rolling Eyes
Guiness

SlowRower wrote:
Slapshot 3 wrote:
I'm sensing a new competition next year, a battle of the sexes. Mr SR against Mrs SR, Bart can do the DS bit...


We've discussed all sorts of options for next year, but Bart as DS hadn't featured. We need to give this some serious thought.

Better still, Bart could join Mrs SR's leadout train (he'd have to do the old Mark Renshaw role, as I'd naturally play Bernie Eisel to Mrs SR's Cav) and bring his butler along to act as DS.

If MJM would come along to act as campsite skivvy, cook and bottle-washer, it's hard to imagine a better way to do the Marmotte...Smile


Lovin' when a plan comes together!
Fontfroide

SR,
That's what I call a superb post, funny, relevant, revealing and nicely written.  Thank you.  

I am envious that you have a wife who rides, and rides really well.  Don't take it for granted.
MrsSR

The 'Dogma incident' was obviously one of the proudest moments of my life (!!) but the sight of Mr SR running like a madman alongside me, waving his fist like some crazed Tour de France spectator and urging me to 'get him' is something that will live with me for the rest of my life.  Laughing  Laughing
Bartali

Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

Good bike skills MrsSR.  Now how quickly did your hubby get up AdH the first time ... when going mano e mano with Tim? 75 mins?  Whatever it was I reckon you'll have the beating of him (and me) next year!!

Oh ... and my butler mixes a mean chocolate recovery drink!  Wink
MrsSR

Urrgh - chocolate recovery drink??
The only recovery drink I like comes with tonic and an ice cube.  Wink
berck

MrsSR wrote:
The 'Dogma incident' was obviously one of the proudest moments of my life (!!) but the sight of Mr SR running like a madman alongside me, waving his fist like some crazed Tour de France spectator and urging me to 'get him' is something that will live with me for the rest of my life.  Laughing  Laughing


Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing
Guiness

+1  thumleft
Slapshot 3

MrsSR wrote:
The 'Dogma incident' was obviously one of the proudest moments of my life (!!) but the sight of Mr SR running like a madman alongside me, waving his fist like some crazed Tour de France spectator psychopath and urging me to 'get him' is something that will live with me for the rest of my life.  Laughing  Laughing


Fixed that....sorry mate couldn't resist Wink
gerry12ie

SR - Good tale.

Might I ask if your Dogmaphobia is mutually shared, or did Mrs SR simply go along with your irrational associations just to keep you quiet (btw there is nothing irrational about it - the new Pinarellos are plain fugly)?

The reason I ask is because my smarter, faster, better half who has only been cycling for a year has taken to hunting down 'tri-girls'.  The sight of tri club jersey, headband, and Cervelo is usually immedeately followed by barked instructions to 'get them'.  No effort is spared in putting them where they belong - behind her.  She recently turned her attention to a male of the tri species and the look on his face was indescribable when she dropped him..

I blame it on spending too much time following @the_jensie but I hope she keeps it up.  I love my baby, she's so Euro queen
SlowRower

gerry12ie wrote:
SR - Good tale.

Might I ask if your Dogmaphobia is mutually shared, or did Mrs SR simply go along with your irrational associations just to keep you quiet (btw there is nothing irrational about it - the new Pinarellos are plain fugly)?

The reason I ask is because my smarter, faster, better half who has only been cycling for a year has taken to hunting down 'tri-girls'.  The sight of tri club jersey, headband, and Cervelo is usually immedeately followed by barked instructions to 'get them'.  No effort is spared in putting them where they belong - behind her.  She recently turned her attention to a male of the tri species and the look on his face was indescribable when she dropped him..

I blame it on spending too much time following @the_jensie but I hope she keeps it up.  I love my baby, she's so Euro queen


Your other half sounds like a sound lady. I've nothing against triathletes, but I'm sure they would all benefit from a good thrashing on the road every now and then!

I wouldn't say I'm "Dogmaphobic". Prior to the Marmotte, I'd had my eye on one. Whilst they aren't as nice to look at as Wiliers and Colnagos, they are still mighty fine steeds. During the Marmotte, though, I saw so many being ridden by untrained guys is Sky kit that it became the natural target for special overtaking efforts. Normally, I just ride at the pace I'm going at come what may, but I always crank it up a bit if I see a Dogma coming into range...

I think Mrs SR had genuine desires on overtaking the Dogma. You wouldn't set off early in the morning on a cold day on holiday to ride up the biggest climb in range if you don't have a well developed competitive streak! If she'd wanted to keep me quiet she'd just have given me a slap as she went past me or at the summit. (Or both.) Smile
Guiness

gerry12ie wrote:

The reason I ask is because my smarter, faster, better half who has only been cycling for a year has taken to hunting down 'tri-girls'.  The sight of tri club jersey, headband, and Cervelo is usually immedeately followed by barked instructions to 'get them'.  No effort is spared in putting them where they belong - behind her.  She recently turned her attention to a male of the tri species and the look on his face was indescribable when she dropped him..


Awesome! Mrs G also eliminates "tri-girls" and blokes for that matter! She loves every moment of it.
Slapshot 3

Guiness wrote:
gerry12ie wrote:

The reason I ask is because my smarter, faster, better half who has only been cycling for a year has taken to hunting down 'tri-girls'.  The sight of tri club jersey, headband, and Cervelo is usually immedeately followed by barked instructions to 'get them'.  No effort is spared in putting them where they belong - behind her.  She recently turned her attention to a male of the tri species and the look on his face was indescribable when she dropped him..


Awesome! Mrs G also eliminates "tri-girls" and blokes for that matter! She loves every moment of it.


I really had to read Gerry's post a couple of times.........  Rolling Eyes

Then again I do have the mind of a child at times... Laughing

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