Road: Heat, altitude metres and great results for Endura racing. Alexander Wetterhall talks about this year’s Edition of the Vuelta Castilla y Leon.
After the competition in the Czech Republic, I have had both a week whole holidays and three weeks of training. It was much needed as I drove the shape in the bottom with my förkyldningen. But I recovered myself and in other training week it started feeling better again and I looked forward to race again.
Vuelta Ciclista a León on Tuesday began with relatively flat stage in the otherwise very hilly stage race in North-Western Spain. It then were treated to temperatures around 40 degrees each day and at 1000-1500 meters altitude made it all the more exciting – or should we say challenging. Really good to come down from the Swedish summer …
I was with really good during the first day and dotted in the secession. I had with me a group of twelve racers including Dean of Windsor from Endura, so we trudged on rather well. Hatch quickly grew up to 3 or min, but which stopped it before it finally gave us even a half-minute head start. It seemed like this could hold to the destination but as usual, there are too many who think of the finish line too early and think it’s better to be above förningar. The distance to the peloton decreased to 1.5 minutes, and it was 30 kilometers left to go. I took some decent förningar to get it going again but it was more useless. I attacked but then people were willing to run to catch up. ..
We were prepared with 15 km to go and then I jumped into Enduratåget. We did everything to win with Zak Dempster and I took my part all the way up to 4 kilometres remained. Everyone on the team did its part and Zak was given second place on stage after photo-finish. Then it’s tight!
The three following phases was ridiculously hard with insanely many altitude metres above the barren landscape around Leon. I took me around but with groups that had to do with the victory. However, we made sure to always have people in secession, and it paid off in the third stage when Jack Anderson and Rene from Mandri Street sat with and Rene could win the stage after the last 20 kilometers solo – strong!
During the last stage, I tried again with a breakout, but then I managed to not find the right. Dean of Windsor was the of us walked away and he took a fourth place for the day – another good result for the team. Jon Tiernan-Locke became our best cyclist total in fifth place. Nice to have come through the first race after the training period and to be a bit active again. I hope now that the legs are taking themselves properly already, starting next weekend, it’s time for three tough one-day races before a training camp comes at high altitude in Spain.
Alexander Wetterhall: Czech cycling tour