Velo Veneto - Ciclismo Italiano !

Stories from the Velo Veneto bike racing camp in Castelcucco, Italy

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

I'm a 50 year old kid who loves to race bikes. I operate a bike racing camp in Northern Italy. When not in Italy I have the good fortune of living in one of the best places to ride, the Northern California Wine Country.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Male in testa

Male in testa, that's Italian for "head cold", which is what I'm suffering from right now. Both Cindy and I seem to have picked one up at the same time. I figure one of Gary and Barbara's kids might have had the sniffles and they have kindly shared with us. Of course it didn't help that we did a 140k's yesterday, the famous Geyser's ride here in Sonoma County. For the most part the ride is flat although we definitely had a head wind out to Cloverdale. Then you have a 35k stretch where there is about 1300 meters of climbing with some sections up to 16%. For those challenged in the metric system, that's 4000 feet of up and down climbing in 21+ miles. Somehow the weather god's also seemed to bless us with a bit of a headwind on the way home too! Can't complain though, it was 60 degrees and bright sunshine. Oh, one other thing, it was Cindy's B-day...seems like we somehow do long rides on certain special days. Last New Year's Eve day, we did the 7 hr Skaggs loop, didn't make it to midnight to welcome in the New Year...wonder why.

Today is the 4th anniversary of my near fatal accident of Dec. 16, 2000. Strangely enough, I've ridden down the Oakville Grade Road where I crashed twice in the last month. That's one way to exorcise the demons! Time for a day off, think we'll walk downtown to the movie theater and see Ocean's 12.


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