Another good trip away with the Pirates. As usual greatly enhanced by the support team. Great effort to keep the enthusiasm going all day.
i am sure that the swim from hell has been well documented already. I can safely say that in seven starts this was the most difficult for the longest time. I also know that we are very polite but forming an orderly queue to get up a narrow staircase after the swim was not wholly expected. As holder of the naff transitions award I will not dwell on this.
Great bike course until it rained on the descent. Very tricky and everyone will have had to slow down. I thought that the forecast was 27degrees even if it rained. Absolutely freezing with wet and wind chill. Unfortunately there were some fallers, I hope that all those I saw being carted away are safe and sound.
Another hugely successful transition, where does the time go to?
Very limited run training and so expectations were low setting out on the run and these low expectations were duly met by the middle of lap 2. Thanks to funkin without whom I might have ground to a complete halt and all the others who were so encouraging.
Pulled myself together with about 15 km to go. I find that it is on the run that the support really helps, thank you even if I did not appear grateful at the time!
Finish in 12.39.xx, which given the rain etc ( and the time spent in transition) was a result I am very happy with.
To be crystal clear about this : I HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR AUSTRIA. I plan to come and support.
Great to see some old faces and to meet new Pirates. Thanks to all for making it a great trip.
If you go up Col D'Eze, start is near the middle of Nice, about 400m (?) of vertical in 9km, you can go along the top of the ridge (D2564 I think) to La Turbie which is above Monaco. You can then go down and back along the coast road (normally busier) or not. You can go left at La Turbie and go inland but I cannot remember this very well as have only come back from Madone that way and it is probably hilly. I have been up to ColD'Eze a couple of times and it is quite a nice ride.