This is my world of cycling and just a fun way for me to share my experiences, thoughts and joy I have for cycling. Thanks for visiting Cycle Jabber and good luck in your training! Dirk Friel

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Group ride with Petacchi and Jorg Jaksche!

One side adventure I did while in Europe in October was to go on a group ride along the Tuscan coast of Italy between Viareggio and La Spezia. This was no ordinary group ride however. This ride meets everyday of the week, 365 days a year. Quit a few of pros who live in the region regularly show up and allow the local amateurs to test themselves against the top ranked pros.

I showed up on a Friday morning at 9:30am and within about 15 minutes we had close to 100 riders heading out along the long boulevard along the beach.

I used my Garmin Edge and SRM on this ride and they worked like a charm. Take a look at the below link to see a map of the ride. I have also pasted in a screen shot of my SRM/WKO+ file from that day. I posted a CP5 of 401 that happened on a 9-minute climb. I had to hold 385 watts for 9 minutes just to hang on to the front group.

I have also added a short video I made on the ride. This is a segment where I am on the back of a group of about eight guys. The front two riders, who are hard to see, are Petacchi and Jorg Jaksche. You can also see a Quickstep-Innergetic rider come off the back of the group near the end of the video.

posted by Dirk at 3:50 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like a alan cromax training ride?

2:33 PM


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