Wednesday, May 15, 2013

#ATOC Day 3 - Recovery..kind of

After the hell of Palm Springs yesterday, no one voiced any objections to a slight shortening of the ride today.  That being said we still taped out 80 miles with 5,500 feet vertical; do you like how I am using imperial now?  I even think I could safely ride on the roads on my own now without getting killed, it's only taken me a week to get used to being on the right side of the road, heaven help us all when I get home and start driving again!

The team for Day 3 ready to roll

The start in Palm Dale is in the "high desert" at around 1400m elevation and the one distinguishing feature is all the "Joshua Trees".
The Joshua Tree (yeah as in the U2 album)

Today's stage covered some more beautiful scenery with a 40 km gradual descent into Santa Clarita, yes 40km!!!!  It was one of the riding highlights with 5 of us in a train just motoring through this slightly downward sloping canyon.  There is some video below if you arent already bored of seeing guys descending fast on road bikes.

We did the Breakaway from Cancer mile walk up the final straight.  Again we got a little rock star treatment as we mixed with the community of Cancer survivors and supporters.  We also went back to Rob and Jills place for a swim and a cool off.  They have a lovely home in the hills overlooking Santa Clarita.  Rob's magazine Road Bike Action have been a great support to us with nutrition and clothing. Thankyou so much guys, I hope we can host you in Australia one day!

Well the washing is done, roomy Paul is ready, and I have a massage in 20 minutes to try and bring some very tired legs back to life.

Oh yeah, the pros finish was astounding and Sagan took the win by a whisker from our very own Michael Matthews.
The Americans are crazy over Peter Sagan



Keep Riding
Mike



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