Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Georgia Trip in less than 12 hours!
I am frantically getting everything finished before leaving at 4 a.m. tomorrow and heading to the North Georgia Mountains for a 3 day training camp with 12 cyclist from Florida. I have known most of them for 8 years or more. We will have some new faces joining us as we tackle some of the famous "Gaps" in this area. One of the toughest climbs will be the 1 mile climb up to the top of Brasstown Bald! I have ridden this before and it is Painful! But, the joy of riding to the top and then going down beats the pain anyday!
The Tour de Georgia has been won and lost on this climb. I once saw Lance Armstrong destroy the field and protect the jersey on this climb for a teammate. Then only for him to get into a helicopter at the top of the climb and fly away! I also ran next to a smiling Mario Chipolini, once the fastest Sprinter in the world, as he was being pushed and paraded up this climb. I do not think he even pedaled once! He was adored by all the fans! Impressive to say the least. I miss the Tour De Georgia, it was an awesome event. An annual trip for many of my friends and I every April. We once had lunch with Frankie Andreau at this race, pre-drug admission, he was a pretty cool dude.
So, we will re-live those days and pound each other into the pavement over the next several days. There will be Cat. 1 - 4 racers on this trip. I know there has been some serious trash talking! But, it is all in fun and helping each other reach our respected goals. I will try to post daily with pictures if possible? Facebook will definetly be updated more often than the blog.
Thanks to my wife and family for understanding this Bike Life obsession! This is the last training push into June and July, some of the toughest races are yet to come!