Monday, 27 February 2012

Andalucia Bike Race: Stage 1. 78km, 1965m

Warm sunshine, clear blue skies and great singletrail climbs and descents made today a perfect day. Once again we started on the first row. This doesn't necessarily mean we have an easy time though because once the lead cars set off everyone seems to go a little crazy. All riders want to be at the front! Today I managed to hold my position behind the lead car during the 4km neutralised start, but Milena didn't have such good luck and she had to fight back through lots of riders. After neutralisation we entered a steep rocky climb which took a lot of concentration particularly because there were so many riders all trying to take the best lines. We reached the top in the lead and once again we managed to hold it to the finish :)

We're really happy to be wearing the leader jerseys and it's a nice surprise because we had no expectations. The race is good training for us because in a few weeks we will be racing the Cape Epic, fortunately we won't be competing against each other though - Milena will race in a mixed team and I will race in a ladies team.

1. Bigham and Landtwing 3:44:37
2. Erlandsson and Snihs 3:50:52
3. Scheitter and Mauerer 3:59:23

Tomorrow's stage also sets off from Cordoba and will cover 76km with 1946m of climbing. Once again we hope for lots of fun and luck......

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