Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mini Tour de France - Stage 3

I rode from my driveway to complete the third stage of my mini tour. A meandering 33 mile ride though the neighborhoods. There were no cobblestones like they had at the real TdF, that played havoc on the general classification and made steeper, Lance Armstrong's already steep journey to a record 8th win. Lance lost time on his major rivals, Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans.

Back to my ride, it was a hot day in the saddle with the temperature reaching 97 F. I downed a bottle of sports drink before I started and finished off two more bottles by the 18 mile mark. Not having team members passing out bottles on the side of the road, I was forced to take a detour to find a water fountain. Towards the end of the ride, I happened upon a rider who was in a bit of a time warp. He was riding an old Raleigh (in excellent condition) and had a Tubular tire weaved around his arms, chest and back. I hadn't seen that except in black and white photos of TdF riders in the 60's and 70's.

Results after Stage 3:

My Mini TdF
Stage Winner: Me
Distance: 33 miles
Time: 2h 05' 31"
Overall Leader: Me
Overall Distance: 138 miles
Overall Time: 8h 52' 01"

The Real TdF
Stage Winner: Thor Hushovd (Cervelo)
Distance: 132 miles
Time: 4h 49' 38"
Overall Leader: Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)
Overall Distance: 402 miles
Overall Time: 14h 54' 00"

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