Time outs, hitting the proverbial ‘pause’ button, time to breathe…. BUT your bike comes along.
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With 6 months to go I signed up, booked and paid for the Bia Alpine Escapes trip. I was massively excited about trip and set myself some pretty big training goals for the months leading up to the departure. Life, as it sometimes happens, did not go according to plan. I was not able to train and did only two big rides leading up to the event over the six months. Needless to say that when the time came to depart for the airport, I felt a mix of joy at the prospect of seeing my friends and deep sadness as I knew I didn’t have what it would take to climb the age old giants of the Alps.
I can’t say it was being in the Alps, nor can I say it was the support of Eddy (our miracle worker soigneur), nor can I say it was the women or the food or the rides or the super chalet. I can say that all of it seemed to come together in a magical kaleidoscope of a week.
Four Days in the Alps – New challenges, New adventures, New achievements, New friends. #BiaAlpineEscape
The trip included everything I expected it too, and so much more. I never knew four days on a bike could teach me so much………….
I learned to dismantle and reassemble my bike,
to travel light and only take what you need,
to read the route and prep accordingly,
to start every day with a good coffee,
to appreciate the quiet, well-kept, roads of France,
to keep well fuelled,
to push and pull through every pedal,
to celebrate a 6% gradient as a recovery,
to use the right gearing makes all the difference,
to use my brakes and my body position when descending,
to celebrate each day with people who shared the experience,
I learned to look up and appreciate the breath-taking surroundings and not just focus on getting to the top, but to ENJOY THE RIDE.
My Mantra = Head down, drive forward, but don’t forget to look up and breathe.
The Mountains provide you with a sense of realisation, a sense of how insignificant some things in life can be and how real life can feel. The consideration of there being no limits.
It was me versus the mountain – but it was a team effort to get to the top.
One day I’m saying Yes to a cycle trip, the next I’m standing at the top of the Galibier with the greatest sense of achievement. #BiaAlpineEscape.
Thanks again for an awesome few days.