Amstel

Ever wondered what those guys are fed on tour?

On the menu for Team Sky from 

  • “Pulled style” Turkey breast sesame seeds curry paprika oregano and mushrooms also quinoa pasta/pomodore

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  • Simple food rocket salad cherry tomato in good olive oil and buffalo mozzarella

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  • Poppy seed carrot cake with a tiny bit of dark chocolate and a finely chopped fruit salad

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  • Rocket salad beetroot slices asparagus slices served with Turkey breast polenta roasted monkfish and risotto

 

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  • pineapple/kiwi/apple/beetroot/lemon/carrot

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  • 2 kinds of bread one with wholegrain flour ant the other without flour only seeds/nuts/apricot/raisins

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  • Pork cheeks

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  • Pineapple “frangipane” and dome fresh yogurt

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  • Goat cheese and black olive tapanade in a cry sty brick filopastry

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  • Roasted chicken breast oyster-mushrooms normal mushrooms and small leeks

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The guys over at teamsky are almost as well looked after as the English cricket team.

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Ardennes

The Ardennes are in full swing, which means the puncheurs get a chance to out muscle the sprinters and the climbers.

The Ardennes classics comprise 3 races over an 8 day period – Amstel Gold : Liege-Bastogne-Liege and La Fleche Wallonne. There have been 2 Ardennes triples, Davide Rebellin in 2004 and Phillipoe Gilbert in 2011.

First up last Sunday night was Amstel Gold. Fleche tonight (Wednesday) and Liege next Sunday.

Amstel Gold takes place every April in the Southernmost Province of the Netherlands, Limburg. The Amstel Gold Race is the only Dutch World Tour Classic and has been taking place annually since 1966. This annual cycling race starts on the market square in the city of Maastricht and finishes in the small town of Valkenburg.

Maastricht

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Valkenburg

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This years race was won by BMC’s Phillippe Gilbert, winning his third (2010 & 2011)after a long lean patch since 2011 when it seemed that it was easier winning than losing. In 2011 he was the No. 1 ranked UCI rider after winning the Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Amstel Gold, La Fleche Wallonne along with numerous other stage wins and minor placings.

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As with his second victory, Phillipe attacked on the 1.8km final climb up the Cauberg, slingshotting past Simon Gerrans and Alejandro Valverde to lead coast home ahead of Jelle Vanendert  and Simon.

PIC454364922 A breakaway group climbs the Gulpener mountain trail during the Amstel Gold cycling race in Valkenburg

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What you missed this morning!

The nights are getting colder, the mornings are darker, and its getting awfullly hard to roll out of the bed for a morning ride these days.

This morning had me rolling out of bed at Dark O’Clock, allowing me to turn the into Woods Hill Road off Greenhill Road just as the sun was cresting across the valley. There are moments in life where you just have to stop and take it in, and this morning was one of those times. Have a gander here.

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Belair National Park

Oh yeah, I also got in a few rides over the weekend, including a stunning ride up through the guts of Belair National Park.  If you haven’t ridden through the park before, do yourself a favour and get out there.  The main road down through the guts of the park is nice and easy as you wind you way east along the valley past numerous ovals and picnic areas. In the Eastern half of the park, there are a number of options to take you up the face of the range up to Upper Sturt Rioad. This is where the road narrows and climbs, not too drasticly, but enough to break into a mild sweat.

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Have a gander here.

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till next week

tight spokes

iPib

 

 

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