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to italy, to race

  • Posted by ade
  • 8 June 2011

We have been invited to ride the Castelli 24 hour road race in Feltre this weekend. Quite an honour and quite a big event. Liquigas have riders there and so do SKY. And Pinarello and Wilier and Sant'Anna and...

The office has been a frenzy of preparation over the last few weeks.

I got new shoes and cleats.

Ruben new glasses, shoes and helmet.

We had to get race licenses from the BCF.

Peter has been watching the weather daily and taking last years  lap times and fettling a strategy in excel.

We all had to go and buy back lights because you have to have them on the course at night.

Ruben shaved his legs. They looked lovely. Took him quite a while apparently to go from lots of hair to non.

We even had to have an official team kit, so the boys in the Printshop used Rob Penn's tee design on the back of the slipstream merino bike top and added some logo's.

Today we has to wash the cow shit off our tyres, the mud from our road shoes and the black mould from the outside of old road helmets.

Smartwool gave us socks and Trek stumped up two full carbon bikes for the weekend at very short notice.

Today we have been boxing everything ready to travel over. Tom in the bike shop gave us three boxes for the bikes and we are ready.

The race starts at 10pm Friday night and we race as a team of 7 (should be min 8) through to 10pm Saturday night.

It's raining and cold so our Welsh training grounds has prepared us well.

Bring on the wet cobbles. They cannot be harder than a freshly mucked road.