Archive for June, 2013

Trains, Planes and Jet lagged bike rides

The days after a big race are generally a struggle as we try to battle through fatigue, the diminishment of excitement, and the usual pattern of packing up and travelling.This time around I was lucky to have a few extra days to relax in Europe as my flight home was set for Wednesday morning out […]

4 Peaks- Stage 4

The final stage of the tour started with a flat 50 km ride down an asphalt bike path. The first 25 km of this was sketchy as we had over 300 riders onto the fairly skinny bike path.  It was a non stop battle to keep your position as riders were overly excited to get […]

4 Peaks- Stage 3

Stage 3 was considered the “Queens stage” of this years race as it rolled 82 km over two mountains between Kirchberg & Kaprun (Host of the 2002 World XC Championships).  All the beds were taken in Kirchberg so we backtracked to Lofer to spend the night.  This would’ve been a splendid plan but the recent […]

4 Peaks- Stage 2

Hopping in a cold shower this morning I new it was going to be a good day on the bike as my body embraced the freezing water.  Yesterday my body shied away from the cold shower. I’m starting to figure the response to the cold shower is a sign of how much my body will […]

Bike 4 Peaks- Stage 1

Bike 4 Peaks started today in Bavaria, Germany with the first stage heading 69 km over some small mountains from Ruhpolding, Germany to Lofer Austria.  It started with a 20-kilometer neutral start on the highway as the original route had been recently washed out by torrential rains.  After getting screwed over pretty good in the […]

Germany Bound

The Alpen Tour ended with the mother of all rainstorms, flooding and ultimately the cancelation of the 4th and final stage.  With the stage cancelled I opted to bundle up in all my North Face rain gear and head out for a little tour of the countryside to see just what sort of flooding was […]

Alpen Tour – Stage 3

The 3rd stage of the Alpen was cut down by 20 km to avoid the high alpine snow. Thus making the estimated win time 2.5 hrs instead of 3.5. Shortening races is never cool, but in these circumstances it was a wise choice. After being the polite Canadian in stage 1 and giving away 175 […]