Tour de Suisse 2019 Sketches – Part 2

Tour de Suisse Logo

Now that our short trip to sunny Egypt has ended and May is coming to a close, the start of my Tour de Suisse 2019 is only two months away.

Although I’m back to a regular – much less intense destructive than in 2018 – training routine, I’m still a long way from anything near my ‘normal’ form.

On average, my power numbers are 30 Watts lower than they used to be before my injuries forced me to take a 3-month break.

With the help of Pav from Direct Power Coaching, or Spokes Fit as they are now rebranded, I successfully rebooted, following two training plans.

During that reboot, I reconnected with Xert and I’m now using their ‘adaptive training advisor’ to get me further back on track. I’ll try and write a post on Xert in the near future.

Anyway, the apartments for the Tour de Suisse have been booked, Chesa Bellaval in Silvaplana and Casa Nacla in Sedrun/Surrein.

Both apartments are chosen based on their strategic location, while still staying within a more or less ‘sane’ budget for the tour.

From either place, a score of cols is available for me to break my legs on…

In this post, I’m covering part 2, the week in Sedrun.

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Tour de Suisse 2019 Sketches – Part 1

Official (2019) Tour de Suisse Logo

Now that our short trip to sunny Egypt has ended and May is coming to a close, the start of my Tour de Suisse 2019 is only two months away.

Although I’m back to a regular – much less intense destructive than in 2018 – training routine, I’m still a long way from anything near my ‘normal’ form.

On average, my power numbers are 30 Watts lower than they used to be before my injuries forced me to take a 3-month break.

With the help of Pav from Direct Power Coaching, or Spokes Fit as they are now rebranded, I successfully rebooted, following two training plans.

During that reboot, I reconnected with Xert and I’m now using their ‘adaptive training advisor’ to get me further back on track. I’ll try and write a post on Xert in the near future.

Anyway, the apartments for the Tour de Suisse have been booked, Chesa Bellaval in Silvaplana and Casa Nacla in Sedrun/Surrein.

Both apartments are chosen based on their strategic location, while still staying within a more or less ‘sane’ budget for the tour.

From either place, a score of cols is available for me to break my legs on…

In this post, I’m covering part 1, the week in Silvaplana.

Read moreTour de Suisse 2019 Sketches – Part 1

Post Race Report: Tijdrit Almere

Ready to get on the platformLast Saturday, I participated in the individual time trial ‘Tijdrit Almere’.

Despite my raising questions about the old venue, we didn’t learn until late on Thursday that there had been a ‘last minute’ change in both location and course.

I had already pointed out that there now was a slurry pit at the old starting location, which made that unsuited, and on top of that, there were also some ‘other activities’ on the old course, as well as road construction works.

The ‘other activities’ probably referred to the hordes of people venturing through the polder, either by bike or by car, looking for flower beds to take pictures of…

Anyway, late or not, the organization managed to find a new location, also offering an alternative course, which is nothing short of a miracle.

It’s not uncommon that events are cancelled because of last minute mishaps like these…

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Coming Up: Tijdrit Almere

At the start of the ITT in 2018This Saturday, April 20, I will participate in the individual time trial ‘Tijdrit Almere’.

A very well organized event in my backyard, in which I participated last year as well.

It’s a big event too: last year, there where some 420 individual participants and 68 teams (of 4).

There are three individual distances, a hand-bike time trial and a team time trial.

There’s a 5.5 kilometer kid’s TT for boys and girls, and the (more or less) grown ups can chose between 21 and 42 kilometers; the team time trial is 21 kilometers.

Besides the kids, participants are split into various categories: junior, senior and masters, although the juniors cannot participate in the long distance.

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Tour de Suisse 2019

Belvedere near the summit of the Furka
Hotel Belvedere on the Belvedere on the Furka – photo credit: Anthony Leutenegger Photography

This year’s official Tour de Suisse, will take place from June 15th to June 23rd. While this is an event I like to follow – and watch, if it is at all possible to find a feed – this post is to inform you that I will construct a ‘Tour de Suisse 2019’ of my own 🙂

I already have my own Giro and Tour, and at the end of my last Giro d’Italia in 2015, I rode a final stage in Switzerland.

This stage made such an impression, that I promised myself to get back there one day, so as usal, I have no problem dubbing that Tour de Suisse.

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