Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day Double Loop

After three days of rain, some heavy and some just depressing enough to dampen even my biking spirit, and three days off the bike, Mother's Day dawned clear and cool (48 degrees still in May!)and Annie and I were up early enough to take a double loop and make up some mileage. She is in her new toe clips, a first stage toward clipless? I don' think so, but she feels energized by her smoother pedal stroke and is riding a good couple of mph faster than in the past. We covered the 21.1 miles in 1 hour and 40 minutes or so, which I think is pretty good. So good, in fact, that if I'd been more conscious of the clock we could have put another couple of miles in doubling back along the West River Drive. Another pass across the Art Museum and back down Kelly Drive would have been impossible. We just made it that way the first time weaving our way through the gathering throngs for the Mother's Day Rave For The Cure. Good luck to all of them.

Meanwhile Slipstream-Chipotle's Christian Vande Velde, an American, has the Pink Jersey (speaking of the Race For The Cure) after the team time trials on the first day of the Giro de Italia. I will try to keep up with the action but we will be traveling for the day and it will be difficult. It will be interesting to see if Astana can mount any kind of a real race given that they were not given sufficient time to prepare. Certainly Levi and Contador should be in contention when the race reaches the Dolomites.

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