Hooray! It is done.
Today was about survival. Legs filled with lead and 17-20deg climbs for 10km was simply not nice. Followed up by single track descents that are so steep and so long, the brakes were on full power for around 5km and my butt was so far back u were almost sitting on the back wheel. We were screaming for mercy to stop using the brakes and give the braking fingers and arms a rest.
This was a much more enjoyable stage than yesterday.
Whilst there were three hills, the gradient was more reasonable than yesterday which is closer to what I am are used to. It felt like the oaks Anderson 100km training loop.
There were some screaming descents on tarmac today, more scarier than usual due to the speed and dodging corners, cars and barriers, it is Italy after all.
Tenderised meat, that’s how I feel after today.
Roll me in breadcrumbs and call me schnitzel.
The climbing for the first 60km was really steep, full time in the 40t cog biting the handlebars to keep the front wheel down. Then there were the screaming descents, in the 70kph range. Press repeat on that cycle about 10 times and you get an idea of what it was like, brutal. The scenary continued to be glorious, although difficult to appreciate whilst suffering.
First to the race, today’s stage was a welcome relief after yesterday, with veterans of the event saying it was the hardest they had ever done.
Today was billed as a sight seeing bonanza and we weren’t disappointed. Passing from Austria to Italy over the dolomites, the views were the best yet, amazing and too hard to put into words.
Carrying your bike for 4km up 400Vm over the top of the alps;
Stinking hot and humid weather;
Long long hills;
Today was a good day!
I love to climb and 2400Vm in 64km was a good offering. 4:30hr it took us, slogging up two hills and then screaming down the other side at around 60-70kph.
Transalp – what an experience. Three things to note from today;
- The scenery is all time spectacular.
- The uphills are steep and long – very glad I fitted the 40t cog on the back!
- The downhills are equally crazy and long – also glad I fitted the bigger 180mm brake rotor.
Alex Kooijman and Steve Billington are on their way to race in the Transalp Mtb race being held from the 19-26th July, starting in Germany, travelling through Austria and finishing in Italy.
The website link is here http://bike-transalp.de/en/news/ for all the juicy details, but the top level facts are;
Last year I have done 12 hour solo for 1st time and I finished 3rd, so when the time comes and Ondrej has asked, I put my hand up for team of 4. I have been busy at work, so I was looking forward to have a weekend out of city without phone reception.
Both Alex Kooijman and Angelique Geilen represented Quantum Racing at the Chocolate Foot 4 hour at Wingello State Forest.
Wingello State Forest in the Southern Highlands is synonymous with fast, fun and challenging single-track! The Highlands Trails group have been busy with a recent single-track addition and with the wonderful Southern Highlands MTB club partnering with Chocolate Foot for this round, it was an event not to be missed! The Southern Highlands MTB club is a cycling club based in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW and provides competition in the disciplines of road, track and mountain biking. Great track, thanks for keeping this up!