Due to work demands and family visits I haven’t been able to go out much on the bike over the last two weeks. To compensate, what rides I have done have been quite long and hilly so hopefully I am moving toward some level of fitness. To be honest I’m not riding any faster than I did at this time last year but the big difference is that now I can do a 90km ride and still feel as if I have quite a bit of energy left. This is just as well as I have some pretty long and tough rides planned for the next couple of months.
The first main challenge is next weekend when I hope to take part in my clubs Maratoniana ride which is 200km long. You can see the route here: http://www.strava.com/routes/270844
In May I have a sportive in Gijon and although I have heard it is quite tough I have no idea of the route. In June I have the sportive Los Lagos de Covadonga , which is definitely tough and I hope to ride the course with my friend Ian before the actual sportive.
After that I can rest a bit before heading off (with Ian) in August to the Pyrenees to climb the Tourmalet and several other famous climbs. If I survive all that I then have my clubs sportive Los Puertos Esmeralda which will probably seem quite easy if I get through all the other stuff.
Due to the fact I have lots of tough rides planned I have abandoned the idea of climbing the L’Angliru before the summer. I will do a few training rides half way and perhaps, if I am feeling strong, I will attempt to get to the top but at the moment I prefer not to set any time scale on it. I mean it’s not like it’s going anywhere.
Here are several of the routes I have ridden over the last couple of weeks all of which I would highly recommend:
You can also see the video of the Ruta Top Secret run by my club NAVA 2000, which has several 20% plus climbs , here:
Weather permitting I hope to get a few long rides in this week. The weather is a bit barmy at the moment, one minute I am dipping into the summer wardrobe in search of shorts and the following day I will be back in the winter wardrobe looking for thermals. Don’t think it’s time to shave the legs yet though.