Trans Portugal 2017 Day 5 Castelo de Vide to Evora 153km distance 1,664m climbing

I wake sore and feeling like I’ve been mugged which is not a good sign. Even though I haven’t figured it out yet I am dehydrated and suffering badly. After the crash yesterday my body has kind of congealed, like old congee left on hot concrete and peed over periodically by passing dogs.My face is very puffy. A picture later that day reveals the extent of my new Asiatic face, which I grow quite partial to, adopting new nicknames and attracting a new legion of fanboys in the peloton. Other people

By | June 25th, 2017|Mountain Biking, Stage Race|0 Comments

Trans Portugal 2017 Day 4 Penhas da Saude to Castelo de Vide 164km distance 2281m climbing

I’m woken in the middle of the night by the rain sound of a Caribbean carnival outside. No wait, maybe just the steel drum. It’s crazy. But I laugh in my half sleep, it’s not really worrying, actually comforting. For a moment I imagine sailing instead, but that passes and sleep resumes.The day starts well, in a good mood. Legs are still there. Breakfast here is one of the best, great full English and enough fruits and carbs to keep a small army going, which I suppose we are in many ways.It’s

By | June 25th, 2017|Mountain Biking, Stage Race|0 Comments

Trans Portugal 2017 Day 3 Viseu to Penhas da Saude 100km distance 3,214m climbing

When I rode the race last time in 2015 day 3 was a special conflagration of all that was wrong with my racing ambitions. Too much beer the night before (and the night before that), and well, you get the idea. I also missed a critical water station at the bottom of the last big climb (a trick I repeated this time as well – more on that later). I cramped hard under the intense afternoon heat, and found myself wallowing in a kind of post-race delirium. There was lots of beer at the finish, so I

By | June 13th, 2017|Stage Race|0 Comments