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Training Log Archive: revy

In the 7 days ending Nov 18:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Bike5 16:30:00 204.43(12.4/h) 329.0(19.9/h) 7125
  Total5 16:30:00 204.43(4:51) 329.0(3:01) 7125

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Friday Nov 17 #

Bike 2:30:00 [3] 56.0 km (22.4 kph) +1050m

Last ride in Colombia from the hotel and heading south to El Retiro and La Ceja. Some nice quiet roads (and also some pretty busy ones though with good shoulders). The road between El Retiro and La Ceja was especially nice. Found some more steep punchy climbs (and this was supposed to be an "easier" flattish ride).

Thursday Nov 16 #

1 PM

Bike 2:30:00 [2] 38.0 km (15.2 kph) +1300m

Brook and the rest of the gang continued on to Rio Claro today leaving Mike, VJ, Sean, Juliann, Courtney and myself on our own. We shuttled the bags to our next hotel (next to the airport) and then returned back to Medellin to ride our bikes out of the valley. There are a few ways to leave town on this side of the valley. One of them is really steep and the other supposedly starts through some sketchier neighbourhoods. The most famous one is Las Palmas which is popular with Medellin cyclists and also a common climb in the Tour of Colombia. Unfortunately this is also the busiest road out of the three. As it is two lane with a shoulder I didn't feel that traffic was dangerous but it was loud and smelly so not my favorite ride on the trip despite the views. Worth doing to say we had done it though...

At the top you enter a fairly affluent zone with lots of new houses on acreages and a number of strip malls (with Canadian prices - usually things have been 50-70% of our cost). A weird juxtaposition when you compare it to our ride on Monday for instance. We detoured onto a really nice side road and down an alternative highway which was much quieter and a fun descent.

Legs are feeling tired... I had driven the climb in the van earlier today and thought it looked to be a moderate grade but I underestimated it as the last half was pretty steady 7-10%. Short steep ramps are feeling harder than they should.

Tuesday Nov 14 #

9 AM

Bike 5:00:00 [2] 85.0 km (17.0 kph) +2175m

Next transfer day from steamy Santa Fe to the city of "Eternal Spring" Medellin. We started along the main highway as the other route over the old bridge was quite rough. Once we turned off onto the old highway (new highway goes through a tunnel) and started climbing we kept going up for almost 2000m. This was my favorite climb so far as the road was always scenic due to its position on the mountain side and there was an almost complete lack of traffic. The road also climbed to a distinct pass which mentally was easier too. The grade was moderate (a nice change from previous steep roads as my legs were feeling the two weeks of riding) and I spent the first 2/3rds spinning with Courtney and juliann as the rest of the group was up ahead. Had to change another flat for Courtney (5 total between us on this trip). Skies were a little threatening and luckily we pulled into a roadside cafe just as the downpour started. We waited out the storm for about half an hour and then continued up in a slight drizzle which eventually stopped.

I rode the last 8km at tempo pace with Brook and then we waited at the food stand at the top for the rest of the group. We hit another squall on the descent which made things cool and didn't really allow us to enjoy the full experience of descending into Medellin (which really is in quite a spectacular setting) but luckily this rain was short lived. The road on this side was rough in spots until we joined a more major artery. The last 15km were quite interesting as we descended through suburbs, saw one of the gondolas used in the public transit system, followed a series of bike lanes (and braved some city streets as well), used a pedestrian bridge to cross the river and finally reached our destination all the way across the valley in El Poblado.

Monday Nov 13 #

7 AM

Bike (Road) 3:30:00 [2] 97.0 km (27.7 kph) +900m

Transfer day from Cauca Viejo to Santa Fe de Antioquia. Mike, Sean and I left an hour after the girls and rode a solid pace for the first couple hours before catching them (they had a number of flats so we caught them earlier than expected). The first 20km of the ride were a repeat from two days ago and then we continued down along the river. No big climbs today just little ups and downs. The first section was really nice with no traffic at all, steep lush valley walls and nice pavement but unfortunately the road deteriorated to pretty rough chip seal for a good 20km and tough it improved after that it was never as good as earlier. The scenery also changed to more rangeland and there were very few towns or houses for quite a while. Santa Fe seemed busy with lots of family hotels and lots of people (holiday weekend) and the main square is under construction which makes it hard to appreciate the colonial buildings. Too bad as the second half of the ride made it a less enjoyable ride overall.

Sunday Nov 12 #

8 AM

Bike (Road) 3:00:00 [3] 53.0 km (17.7 kph) +1700m

Short but hard today from Cauca Viejo to Jerico. The road starts climbing pretty much right from the start. The first several km were steep then a bit of a reprieve before a heinous bit after the juice stop. It seemed like 15% + for at least a couple km. I rode the first hour with Brook then waited fro Courtney, Sean and Juliann and rode the rest with them. Cool road - backwards to what you normally expect from a climb though as the lower sections feel more rural and less inhabited while once you crest the climb you enter an upper plateau with lots of inhabitants and the town. Jerico was nice though busy with weekend tourists. It has been the most touristy small town we've hit so far.

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