So the tour team has been decided and we’re a week away from the ‘depart’ in Leige. It’s a difficult time as you can’t really do much to improve your condition on the bike, and you certainly don’t want to start the tour tired, but at the same time you need to keep the motor running enough not to loose any form. Todays workout included motorpacing behind Bobby Julich on a scooter, perfect for getting the race rythm into the legs.
Looking at the team we’ve got going to the tour is actually quite daunting. It’s a team built to target the GC, with Cav thrown in the mix to make it even more ambitious.
The Dauphine was a great opportunity for us to test our line-up under race conditions and it couldn’t have gone any better. We have the strength in numbers without a doubt.
Following the Dauphine we were given the opportunity to stay in a beautiful chalet in Chatel http://www.maisonblancheetverte.com. It allowed us to continue a solid block of training together on some great mountain roads, while spending some quality down time with our partners. My girlfriend, Michelle, captured some awesome images of our time there click here to view the gallery. Tim Kerrison also joined us to make sure we stayed on track ahead of the tour... and away from the downhill MTB trails!!
It will be interesting to see what tactics the team will decide to use. We will undoubtedly be riding to give Brad the best shot at winning the tour, but we potentially have another three guys in the squad who could be up there on the GC. That itself could be used as a way to put our opposition on the back foot in the mountains. Either way, I think we’re in for a massive three weeks of racing!