This race, it seems, is a never-ending uphill.
In fact, it’s incredibly hard. But I’m smiling most of the time.
- The views are breathtaking; took 48 photos.
- Met a big German rider who “pulled” us across a valley
- Eating on the bike can be tricky; Dan’s stomach not too sure it enjoyed the caffeine gel
- The sight of a dirt trail sent many riders jumping off their bike to walk
- The downhills are super fast
- The final run into town was through vineyards
- There is no easy way up these grades
- Had to focus on rhythmic breathing and standing on the pedals a lot
- Some of the climbs were 20 percent grade; hardest climbing I’ve ever done
- The start felt flat; we jumped in with a big group that was going hard
- Phone decided to die, so missed some pictures on what they organizers said is the “most scenic” stage.
- Finished on a cool gravel road that was flanked by giant stone monoliths.
- Cooked at the finish.
Follow #elevatephwtransalp on social media for updates during the 7-stage TransAlp through Sunday, July 22. I’ll be posting another post on Friday.
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