Friday, 9 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
A friend of mine gave me some samples of this brand new energetic bar and It's fucking dope!
I mean I was not really into energy food (I already have Red Bull to kick me off!) and because energy food is always disgusting, but this one is actually pretty good to eat and really cool to have before a session...
Well If you are into that kind of stuff, Check out www.mulebar.com"
The men's race was won by Marcel Zamora and in fact totally dominated all the way through by him. He is a great mate of MuleBar and an incredibly impressive athlete and it's only when you start to speak more to him about what he is doing, how he is training and the level of commitment, that you realise what a huge task being an Ironman is.
Let's face it: try swimming, biking and running all of that in 8 hours 15 minutes.
But for the best bit of the day - getting the VIP treatment (Thanks Pepe) and getting a ride with my daughter Amber in the helicopter over the course.
Monday, 5 October 2009
So after a race of epic proportions, Nigel and I are back in the UK moaning about the grey weather and the lack of mountains.
We've just completed the inaugural Trans Provence stage race, organised by Ash and Melissa from Trail Addiction and I can only say it's been a truly memorable and fantastic event. The organisation has been spot on, and the quality and amount of singletrack must be second to none for this type of event.
I think the major thing to take away from the event was that in spite of it being only 350km and 9500m of on the bike climbing, the stats do not do it justice. The climbs were brutal at times, one taking over 3 hours with many sections requiring long pushes or hike-a-bike sessions, but the reward was amazing, varied singletrack which is often steep, completely varied and always challenging. During the 7 days, 25 marked stages were laid out where we would race, many of which were downhill focussed, but some did have uphill sections or more pedally parts where the XC boys could claw some time back - however, it's incredibly hard to sprint at 2000m!
Nigel and I battled it out section after section, with me usually holding the upper hand until I lost time for making a wrong turn in the middle of the week, and then took a heavy fall on stage 6 cutting my cheek and breaking a few teeth. In the end, Nigel came in 13th, beating me into 14th by around 8 mins.... I will have my revenge next time!
Even with several long days in the saddle; the scenery, camaraderie of the competitors and the endless singletrack more than made up for the brutality of the climbs, and finishing on the beach in Monaco with a cold beer as we crossed the line added to the uniqueness of the event. For anyone interested in racing tough trails, the Trans Provence could be the event for you.
Competition Records : 12hours:1983 287.282, 1986 291.718, 1991 300.085
Time Trial Championships: British Best All-Rounder 1986,1991
Sunday, 4 October 2009
MuleBar is the official energy bar here given out a feedstations.
Congratulations Marcel, your fastest ever time!
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