I’ll admit I didn’t have high hopes of actually enjoying the Tour de l’Ardeche. For me it seemed like the lesser of two evils; stay home and train alone or suffer with the masses. When it comes to training and the end of the season three is never a crowd, so the opportunity to race a hilly six day tour offered a great training alternative.
But the last two day’s have proved to be more than just gruelling training rides.
Today kicked off with a 6.8km time trial from Valvignieres to Alba la Romaine and wasn’t high on my priority list. With no time trial bike, time trial helmet or even a skin suit I was already at a distinct disadvantage. Not to mention the fact that I didn’t actually know when my starting time was.
A mix up in race numbers yesterday left the organisation – and everyone else…
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