After a 3-hour ride in an eerily empty TGV carriage, I arrived safely in Geneva to a warm welcome from Rob and Brad, the 3rd Canadian member of Team Vicious Cycle.
My safe arrival contrasted starkly, though, with Rob’s bike box, which didn’t come with him from the airport. He put up a brave face, but admitted later to being more than a bit freaked about it (imagine riding 18,000 km on the same bike all season only to be forced to ride a different one for the biggest race you’ve ever done.).
But this story had a happy ending, and here’s Coach on this Rossetti this afternoon, on our first spin as a team.
The ride, advertised as ‘easy’, never felt like it to me, which got me a little concerned about the ‘competition’ in this race. Not to mention the Mexican guy we picked up at the hotel who weighed about as much as my right leg, I think. He’s got a team of 15 like him, he says. Gulp.
Anyway, the ride was pleasant and it was great getting to know a few of my teammates finally. Along for the spin were myself, Rob, Mark and Brad – the last 3 pictured from left to right below (with Lake Geneva in the background).
Then a family photo of me and Rob, who is going to work on my dorky stance on the bike. I think it’s coming along a bit. He’s got another 8 days to perfect it. Tomorrow we’re planning a 7am ‘easy’ ride again, this time hopefully with the whole team. Till then it’s compression socks, raised legs and hiding out in the hotel because I can’t seem to keep money from jumping out of my wallet in this town.