Big week at work, so unfortunately this is a very late and scant posting.
On the Bus with Team Sky
The official Team Sky Spotify Play List is constantly updated, but as of Sunday Night included (click on the song name to link to the youtube version):
Gimme Some Lovin’ – The Spencer Davis Group
Miss Alissa – Eagles of Death Metal
Dance with Me – Le Youth
Love Is Gonna Lift You Up – Bobby Womack
Cross Town Traffic – Jimmy Hendrix
She’s the One – Ray LeMontagne
It Ain’t Hard to Tell – Nas
Say Goodbye – Beck
High Ball Stepper – Jack White
I Shot The Sheriff – Eric Clapton
Peace & Harmony – Dene Antony
Turn It Around – Lucius
Work To Do – Average White Band
Doin’ Our Own Dang – Jungle Brothers
So Now You Know – The Horrors
Babylon’s Burning – The Ruts
The Man – Aloe Blacc
Your Love – Frankie Knuckles
Little Bit More – Bo Saris
Here It Comes Again – The Amazing Snakeheads
Got To Give It Up (Part 1) – Marvin Gaye
Woo Hoo – The 5,6,7,8’s
Now that the Giro ha eft the shores of Australia
Meanshile, over in Norway
Tour of Norway is a 6 day race. GC placings after 3 days are:
|1||Marc De Maar (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team||12:16:12|
|2||Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice||0:00:03|
|3||Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling||0:00:06|
|4||Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha||0:00:10|
|5||Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise||0:00:11|
|6||Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) Team Sparebanken Sør||0:00:18|
|7||Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team||0:00:22|
|8||Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert||0:00:23|
|9||Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team||0:00:24|
|10||Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling|
Next stop – Stage 4
Sorry about the order
Everesting – The Climbing Cyclist
George Mallory (himself the grandson of the legendary mountaineer of the same name) back in 1995 who rode Mt. Donna Buang an incredible eight times to complete the first Everest by bike most of us had ever heard of.
And then there was John van Seters, uncle of Hells 500 founder Andy van Bergen, who everested the 1 in 20 , notching up a lazy 9,110m of climbing in 430km. JVS’s mammoth ride was the catalyst behind Everesting as a concept and its berth as the next Hells 500 epic.
Choosing a climb is part of the challenge. Pick something steep and you’ll be done quicker, but you risk blowing out your knees. Pick something with a more reasonable gradient and your knees will be fine but you risk having to ride 400km+ to accumulate the required elevation.
And then there’s the question of length — do you go for something longer that requires fewer repeats, knowing that it will take a long time to tick off each lap? Or do you go for something shorter, knowing that you’re in for dozens of laps (if not more)?
By my recollection, a local Everesting say up Greenhill Road at 420m gain, would require 21 ascents. Or say the Bollards climb at 417m, near enough the same number of climbs. Allowing for breaks, that would take my old legs around 20 hours.
till next week