"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."
Ernest Hemingwayemail me if google hasn't got the answer..
Golf Clap to @attaquer for producing cycling gear designed in Australia & made in Italy. This is there first effort, can’t wait to see what comes for winter..
Whilst handing out “golf claps”, kudos to @northsidewheelers for also being unique in this landscape littered we “me toos” ..
Ready for a @attaquer change ..
Wonder if @alexroseinnes is in his “CloudNine” kit ..
*Will post better pics later, though iPhone5 timer is not bad.
“Have they not wings, our men who have been able to climb up to heights where even eagles don’t fly? … Oh Sappey, Oh Laffrey, Oh Col Bayard, Oh Tourmalet! I shall not shirk from my duty in proclaiming that beside the Galibier you are nothing…”
– Henri Desgrange
The Col du Galibier was first scaled by cyclists at the Tour de France in 1911. Henri Desgrange, the Father of the Tour, heralded it as a great victory for mankind to defy the laws of gravity and climb this giant. Referred to by some as the “Roof of the Tour”, the centenary of its presence in the world’s most famous race is something to be celebrated, particularly for those who have managed to conquer it. This year’s Tour de France pays tribute not once but twice, scaling the 2556m over consecutive stages as the climax to this year’s race.
Back to reality - today was just our usual Wednesday easy ride..
Spring is around the corner & so out come some colour (no that is not a bread stick in my back pocket but a “wind jacket”)
This Giro pink “MORTIROLO” jersey hails the Mortirolo Pass in Italy which, as well as being regarded as one of the hardest climbs to ever feature in the Tour of Italy, was Marco Pantani’s favourite climb where there is now a monument to Il Pirata.
* Can’t wait to get rid of the winter padding (BrokenWing + EpicManFlu = 3 months off in total was also not planned for) as well as to regain the ProLegTan lines ;)