Day 6 - Time to say… thanks!
Cycling Event 2012 - South Andalusia
Today’s picture shows our team in front of a statue of Don Quichote, the man who gave birth to the saying “fighting against windmills”. This week we all fought against our own windmills and we all won! We won as individuals and we won as a team!
Time to say thanks to some people:
Thanks to Dirk for organising this superb event for the fourth time and volunteering to do it again in two years;
Thanks to Piet for the treat this evening when we celebrated your birthday, great timing Piet, congratulations;Thanks to David for joining us for the first time, you passed magna cum laude, that deserves a magnum;
Thanks to Rolf for showing us the (wrong) way to the hotel: keep trying. And for offering his cycling pants to the team, next time please don’t take them out at the table;
Thanks to Donald, you are a good biker, but remember drinking and sunbathing require more training;
Thanks to André, the sommelier of our team, for his great selection of good wines and his never ending stories;
Thanks to Yves for tolerating all the nonsense from your Belgian colleagues and for treating us to the best restaurant in Granada;
Thanks to Jurgen, who allowed me to borrow his little Cannondale pony for a very brief moment;
Thanks to Fernand for keeping up the mood with your ridiculous jokes, we look forward to the second edition of the “Cannondale matters”;
Thanks to Frank, our chairman, for looking after us all week and for your positive feedback to our risk and reputation leader (yes Geert, we kept our helmets on all day, although it made us look like fools during lunch);
Thanks to Wim for putting our young bulls in their place on the Sierra Nevada, maybe next time boys;
Thanks to Sven for sharing with us his unlimited repertoire of “Schlagers”, beats Khmer music;
Thanks to Mark and Philip who voluntarily covered our backs during each and every climb;
And of course thank you to Rony and Sasikan who watched our backs all the time from their extremely poor van, even with the difficulty to find the right gear. Our driver Sasikan always kept on smiling and is looking forward to his real Skoda Octavia, just like the one Jurgen Vandenbroeck and Cadel Evans have. Thanks for always being there when we needed you. Thanks for bringing us water, gels, recovery powder, and all the rest you promised us you would never mention. Thank you for your endless patience with us. We look forward to seeing you again in two years. Thanks to Rony for drinking all the wine, good or not so good: a true friend. And thank you for ‘animating’ this blog in an unbeatable way. I sincerely want to thank you for keeping Andalusia clean by recycling all our waste! Thank you Rony for making the clutch of your van smell like…
Thanks to the Gods in heaven for the good weather, and the EU for the good roads in Spain, money well spent;
Thanks to our companions from the Baguet Cycling Team: Serge, Josez, Rik, Annick, Carol and Sandra. Never before did we have such good companions. Come to think of it… we never had companions before.
Thanks to all the cyclists: we left Mojocar last Saturday as colleagues and we returned today as comrades.
And last but not least thanks to you, reader of this blog, for being with us all week. Don’t forget we have been on our bikes for a good cause, and you can still support us.
I hope they drive faster in the hills of Singapore than in the hills of Andalusia.
Day 6: Friday May 17
From: Roquetes de Mar
Distance: 115 km
Speed: 24 km/h
Average temperature: 29° C
Climbed: 1.350 meters
Distance: 622 km
Speed: 24 km/h
Climbed: 10.350 meters
See you in two years, when we will again be driving for a good cause.