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100th Giro d'Italia#2

Posted on: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Roman weather gods continued to bless us on each of our rides in Tuscany.

Some of our guests are intent on riding into form, cycling within their limits and achieving PB’s as a consequence, while others have hit each ride at full gas.

Our 2 groups will change and morph as the trip progresses, the food and wine having more of an impact than the increasing steepness of the slopes. 

The mountains do beckon along with Giro and as we prepare to leave Tuscany I think the nervousness is rippling through the group and like a bunch of neo pro’s there is a hint of performance anxiety.

Those less concerned with strava efforts are to their credit upskilling in navigation and Italian. The team in the van is the best ever.

As we pressed on to the mountains, a long day in the car the heavens opened and as the old Belgian racers used to say, "what falls today, can't fall tomorrow".   The wisdom of the proverb was redeemed as our first ride in the mountains were blessed with sunshine.

The food continues to be outstanding with some grumblings about future Phil Anderson Gourmet cycling tours.

Italy, fantastic.

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