Welcome to my new Cycling Blog! This is just a small part of my big adventure planned for the summer of 2009.
I will be joining a group (of Spanish Native Speakers) and attempting to ride across the French Alps from Nice to Geneva.
This is something I have wanted to do for 30years(off and on); but at 47 I think the window is starting to close. I had planned to do this last summer, but complications from knee arthroscopy meant I could not be at my best.
The challenge of riding 800km with 18,000 meters of climbing in 6 days is daunting, my preparation has just begun. Year to date I have ridden about 400 miles. My goal is to ride a minimum of 100miles per week, and hopefully get 2000 miles before the trip starts.
My new ride is a Ridley Excalibur. Replacing my trusted Fuji Team. This is my first Carbon Bike, and I am pretty impressed. Also I have set up with a SRAM Force Compact and a 11-28 cassette, so going up hill should be easier than on my old bike.
Tonight's ride was about 30 miles in the wind and rain. Probably good practice, as I have never been the best at getting out the door in less than perfect conditions.
More to come.