vive le france…

8 07 2009

Well im back a week now from France. It was my 3rd trip there and we almost had the crew from the original trip. We were staying in

and i think we would all recommend it. It fitted 4 people perfectly. One or two more would be a push but for 300euro for the week between 4 people it was a bargain! Perfectly located at the top of Les deux alpes which takes anywhere from 27mins (anto) to 40mins+ to climb at the end of each day.

Preparing for the trip to alpe d'heuz. The jacket was for the descent but wasnt neccesary at all!!

Preparing for the trip to alpe d'heuz. The jacket was for the descent but wasnt neccesary at all!!

This was obviously a bit daunting considering you would usually of done one or 2 cols already and would be fairly shattered but it always made you have a dang at your time. The climb has 10 switchbacks and is pretty steep too. Avg speed up it is about 15km so its reasonably fast compared to the Alpe d’Heuz and Sarenne.

Pantani holds the record up in from 1998 and there is a statue in his honour up there commemorating it.

Il pirato the record holder. (not me sadly!)

Il pirato the record holder. (not me sadly!)

Its a great climb as if your not doing it in the middle of the day it can be sheltered with some trees but if its in the midday sun its a scorcher! no where to hide!!!

In this video Anto and Colin are coming back from a dirt road ride up to an altitude above 2500m. We were late picking them up from the bottom of the alp and got them with 3 switchbacks to go. They were flying! It gives you a good idea of the gradient and the look of the area. It doesnt look that steep but this would be a flatter section at about 6% some of it is about 9% id say with avg about 7.5%? Colin had to do the Marmotte (190km) the next day so was not impressed (he rarely is!). It was 9pm at this point so not much sun but its easier to go hard whens its not as hot thats for sure.

Coming up next we will take a look at our trip up the Alpe D’Heuz. A day that had 3 punctures, one person blew up and another got stranded! A real treat!


Club championships last night

3 07 2009

A good night followed a terrible morning of rain and general dullness. The club championships were a funny affair with riders racing against their teammates not the other riders so with only 4 UCD riders racing it was a strange experience.

A split went on a whopper of a climb and me and anto were at the front of it and Skipper and Ben at the end of it sadly.

During the race anto did many attacks to try and cross the line first in a group of about 20 riders mostly from Lucan with some Usher and orwell in there too. As expected it came down to a sprint and anto came strong at the end with coming about 5th and half a wheel ahead of me. Well deserved and id feel guilty if i had of nipped him.

Looking at the power file from the race my sprint went up to 9oo+ watts for 5 secs then down to 400 when i got stuck behind a lucan rider then back up again so that was frustrating. Il race Saturday and see how it goes but im fairly goosed at present! A nice rest should do the trick!

The skipper cam flying in well up the front of the main group out sprinting many of them with Ben following close behind. A good day out and another 100km+ day.

More details on France training to follow…

Anto, no doubt, resting up before and after the event. What a Pro

Anto, no doubt, resting up before and after the event. What a Pro

Im back, and alive too…

2 07 2009

Well i survived 8 days in France. Just getting back into the swing of things and of course it was lashing today back on bike.

Il go through some of the great videos and pictures i got in the alps.

We did a great video series on Colin doing the Marmotte.

Lets see how the training went when i do the club championships tonight.

Conquered the alp and a cheesy pic!

Conquered the alp and a cheesy pic!

Colin before the Marmotte. (didnt look like this afterwards!)

Colin before the Marmotte. (didnt look like this afterwards!)

Aint Wicklow great (in the summer!)

2 06 2009

Well after a tough day in Wexford racing we had a nice relaxing recovery ride ahead of us. Anto said it would be zone 1 recovery and he didnt mind where we went. we rode through town and met seth at yellow house pub at 10am. 

The scene was set for a beautiful day relaxing and easing the legs out until we hit the bottom of first climb and all hell broke loose. I dropped off back hoping they would slow down but to no avail. Then i pedalled back on and it rose up again get faster and faster until it was at avg of 330watts for 10mins. this after a tough day racing. (i always find it tough!!!).

Taking a break

The lads motoring!
Sallys gapSo in the end i rode with them to the top of the climb feeling good and knowing it was gonna ease off in a moment at the summit. Well we turn the corner and BANG off goes anto again. i let them go for 10 mins and have a coke and a bar and catch back up when they slow up. Then off we go again up the Gap and same wattage again. Seth drops off a bit i sit on anto and when we crest the hill he keeps on going. Seth come back on and when it hits a downhill he slips into the drops and must be putting out 500watts down the hill!

The video from me sitting at the side of the road will soon follow… (tough day)

A beautiful day racing in Wexford

2 06 2009

Well Saturday involved 2hrs steady in the Wicklow hills. Nothing to hard but a few 20min steady efforts.

I was out with Crash Colin who has been back on the bike despite some weeks absence for alcohol reasons. Great to have him back though. The day was beautiful and it was great preparation for the race the next day and the trip to France in 3 weeks. 

Sunday morning involved driving 2hr30mins to Wexford for the O Rourke memorial. It was a B only race which was a rare but very good occurance in my opinion.

Here is the pre race video (apologies for the lack of professionalism on the camera!!!) Im new to it! 

ps my favourite qoute of the video is anto saying his bike is “the fastest in the race” when it was making noises like a tractor!

Despite only about 25 signing on it went really and the group got whittled down to about 12 with 2 strong lads off the front. An usher rider jumped a few times and stuck one until he was caught about 2km to go and it was a sprint with about 7 contesting. I was delighted to get 4th overall and 2nd in the sprint. 

seth (the yank) driving us to race

Seth rode well in the combined race which had about 70 in it. He jumped a bit early and had not much left for the sprint finish. He has strong legs and will get a result soon no doubt.
on way to wexford

It was great to ride down in convoy with anto and colin showing us the way. Pretty straightforward but we left at 830am and got home at 730pm! Long day and not good recovery.

wexford strawberries mmmmBut the fresh wexford strawberries did certainly help!!!

Fridays winter reminder!

29 05 2009

A new weekly post is our Friday “reminder of winter” post.

This is where we look back at the times when you did the “hard” miles.
If you finding it hard to motivate yourself to ride in May then just remember what it was like back then…

Winter racing

Cycling in the Sun

1 05 2009

It doesn’t get any better than this. Well if the scenery was nicer and the cars were not there and it wasn’t so hard it would be better…