Giro – what week are we in?

Big week at work, so unfortunately this is a very late and scant posting.

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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

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Meanshile, over in Norway

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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

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Giro snaps

Sorry about the order

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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.

Ouch.

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till next week

tight spokes

iPib

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