Day 3 - History is repeating itself
Cycling Event 2012 - South Andalusia
We planned to leave at 8:30; we left at 8:45. History is repeating itself.
We had baguettes for dinner, thanks Serge B. History is repeating itself.
We started today’s trip with 14 and we ended it with 14. History is repeating itself.
Annick has been on her bike all day, just depending on the level. History is repeating itself.
Deloitte is, amongst others, famous for its multidisciplinary approach. When we get on our bikes this is not different, it is part of our DNA I suppose. During a trip like this you see all sort of new cross functional relationships emerge.
Take Donald and Rolf, the young eager bulls in our team. You can almost always find them together and regretfully for some of the older guys, most often far ahead of the others. But luckily enough for Wim and Piet (another MDP couple), today this was not the case. Today lion Wim restored law and order and arrived first at the top of the Sierra Nevada.
Another MDP couple is Fernand and Jurgen, both riding a Cannondale horse. At least Fernand is; technically Jurgen is riding a Cannondale pony. Disaster happened today, when Jurgen left his Cannondale alone for a short break to discover that it got stolen. Soon after they also discovered that our van driver Rony was missing. Could there be a link? As a real cowboy Jurgen started the pursuit together with Hans, who joined us yesterday on his BMW motorcycle. Many miles further they did found both pony and driver. A lucky end to a terrifying experience; at least for Jurgen.
Sven also had an experience of a life time. While riding to the top of the Sierra Nevada , he passed Cadel Evans (Or did Cadel pass Sven? We will probably never know, but we have no reason to doubt Sven’s version of the story). As a real networker, Sven started talking to Cadel, who gave him a BMC cap. Most likely Sven will sleep tonight wearing his Evans cap.
It is a tradition that when you have technical issues during the trip, you pay champagne before dinner. In the very last kilometer Fernand suddenly stopped and concluded that his front wheel stopped turning. The technicians were called for help. Don’t worry Fernand, it’s normal that your wheels stop turning when you stop, but nevertheless thanks for the champagne.
Day 3: Tuesday May 15
To: Alhambra via the Sierra Nevada
Distance: 130 km according to Serge, but apparently they had moved the mountain because we only rode 100 km
Speed: 22 km/h
Average temperature: 39° C
Climbed: 2.300 meters
See you tomorrow!