Wow, what a few weeks. Time has flown and not sure where to start! My last few weeks on the bike began in ernest when Loh Ching Soo arrived from Singapore. Closely followed by Pat Fitzpatrick from Australia. Ching Soo is somewhat a Singapore enduro XC star and had come to the Alps for a holiday and some great XC riding and training. Pat likewise, is an amazing cyclist and cycle Guru. Having arrived fresh from working The Giro Italia with Bike Tours he was fit and raring to go. Pat, incidently is an amazing bike rider…Road, BMX, DH and XC are all in his repertoire as well as being Ching Soo`s and many other top riders coach!
The weather was a little up and down and the boys certainly embraced the elements and got down to some great riding. Day 1 saw them dodge the rain and get a great road ascent to Barme. Day 2 saw us drive to Les gets for some great riding around the Chapelle du Jacqui Court. Big ascent and amazing rooty tech descent
Ching Soo took no prisoners and got himself and heavy all mountain Scott to the top in record time! I was a slightly more leisurely last!
The rest of the week saw us ride(in the case of Ching Soo and Pat) up Col du Coux and over to Morgins. It was great to see the level of technical skills of Ching Soo progress beyond all belief. He is use to flat forest terrain and the riding here certainly pushed his boundaries. I am sure his plans to do the Cape Epic next year will see the benefit of riding here.
With the departure of Ching Soo, Pat and I readied ourselves for the arrival of the big Singapore Bike Hash team. A mixed nationality group based in Singapore In preparation we took a sneaky blast out in the PdS with Wade Wallace from Cyclingtips blog fame. Wade is the editor of one of the worlds most successful cycling blogs. http://www.cylingtipsblog.com He is an amzing road rider, font of knowledge on all things bike, amazing photographer, and, not in the least bit shabby on a mtb either. We raced around some of the local tracks and the boys both bedded in their BMC Trail Fox test bikes. These are very lightweight high spec all mountain bikes.
The Singapore Group arrived in dribs and drabs with half the group doing a PdS recce ride on the Friday. I managed to crash my brains out on a rocky shoot which did not bode well for the rest of the week!
Pats circus tricks waiting for the train in Val D`ìlliez
Next blog will follow the Passport du Soleil and Mega….