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Vai, vai, vai!

  • Posted by alex
  • 11 June 2013
The pace was so hard and fast that your lungs and throat burned when you came off from a set of laps and back to the tent.
We've just got back from a long weekend in Italy, racing bikes at the Castelli 24 hour criterium.

24 hours with Phil Collins*

“I would rather have a kidney removed with a plastic knife in a branch of KFC but we’ll sign up again for next year”

Every June in the foothills of the Dolomites the centre of Feltre is closed off for 24 hours of thundering thighs. The relay criterium event around a 1.8km circuit is organised by our old friends at Castelli and is about as much fun as you can have on a bike unless you own a tandem with the seats very close together.

100 teams of 8-12 riders take to the line with strategies that vary from “we’ve paid for a pro- rider so we are going to get our money’s worth” to “I’m sure the rest of the lads will be along in a minute, I’ll keep going until they get here”. For sheer guts I admire the tenacity of the latter.

The course goes up for longer than is entirely necessary, down for a disappointingly short time and has a long straight section that provides useful thinking time for composing an excuse should you decide to hand over early and a nearby canal if you just want to end it all. The lap finishes on a cobbled section sponsored by the local dentist.

Notable features apart from all the cycling stuff are the tannoy operators taste in music, which lurches from abysmal (Genesis) to please make it stop (Genesis), the chance to see a former world champion emerge from a putrid port-a-loo and the local Sprizzone which seems like an ideal pre-race drink. Like Italian footballers or Michael Douglas it goes down easily.

The combination of sleep deprivation, Sprizzone dehydration and trying to ride as fast as you can tests your mental strength so you WILL hate it for a bit but 5 minutes after it’s over you are booking the hotel for next year.

Great event. Fantastic people. Get some friends together and do it one year. You’ll never look back.

Thanks Castelli for a great event.

*As you can see from the picture Hazel’s bike is a Genesis.

Warming up nicely

Rooftop views and mountains

Assembling our bikes

Fuelling up

Practising the 2 Laps Signal

24hr Start / Finish Gate

Fatigue starting to show

Carbon fibre galore

Busted Cleats

Rain stops racing

Last year's event video.

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.

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