The Tour de France is the bike race everyone knows about, but I love the greater accessibility of the Giro and the Vuelta. As you can see in the photos, we were able to ride the entire individual time trial route while the pros did their warmup/reconnaissance lap of 37 km. How fun to be passed on the course by Alejandro Valverde & ultimate race winner Nairo Quintana at around the 9 km mark giving us time to yell encouragement in our stunted español.
We felt blessed to be touring with such a nice, small group of people. (The caption above is wrong. There was never any pushing or arguing.) This brief trip, economically made possible by Sports Tours International of the UK, was a true vacation packed into just a few days in a part of Spain I'd never been to before. Even after a week off the bike, those climbing days in Spain seemed to add pep to my ride, based on how strong I felt during yesterday's club ride.
Where to next???