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London 2013; Misty eyed optimist?
London 2013; Misty eyed optimist?
With the season over for 2012, sights are now set on the ITU World Champs in London in September 2013. Qualification race booked at the Dambuster in June, so 7 months of graft awaits!

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jamesrunchmanby jamesrunchmanNov 17th 2012
Did my first 100 mile ride today, so I am a little shabby now! The route for this adventure took us from Finestrat to Xalo via Callosa and the Mascaret Tunnels (photo below), a great ride through the fig groves and along the coast road. A quick coffee in Xalo before heading up the Sierra Bernia (2nd photo), bit of a climb, but not as tough as the Aitana on Thursday!

Mascaret Tunnels (wind tunnels).

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As close as you can get to the top of the Bernia (on a bike). Callosa in the distant valley.

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From the top of the Bernia we headed all the way to the coast at Moraira. A fantastic downhill all the way. Sun was shining on the coast so we stopped for lunch in a bar by the beach and tucked into another midday feast. This was the 60 mile point, we both felt reasonably fresh so decision was made to crack the 100 miles (furthest I have been is 52 mile and that was on Thursday).

The Castell at Moraira

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From Moraira and the highlight of the week for me. A beautiful ride hugging the coast to Calpe, sun shining, wind at our backs and incredible vistas of the hills and seascape. From Calpe and onto Villa Jiosa for the last 20 miles. To be fair this was trash mileage and not particularly enjoyable and I was in dark places at times, just trying to crack the 100. We got there in the end, into the pool with a large beer, but now my legs feel like they have been backwards through a combine harvester and then stamped on by a herd of cows wearing stilettos! But I am sure I will be ok after a large curry and a barrel of cheap Spanish vino collapso!

No bike tomorrow, swim and run before heading to the airport and back to good ole Blighty!
 
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