I do not know where to begin…Time has flown by so fast with no time to catch breath it seems! Does not seem two minutes ago that I was in Finale Ligura Italy, taking delivery of two fresh shiny Rocky Mountain Bikes and riding down super steep, flowing tracks with dealers from all over Europe. That was February with snow on the ground in Champéry and skiing still firmly on the agenda. Now its October, the bikes are still shiny, but have a few more miles on the clock and I am heading full circle back to the tracks in Finale Ligura for the last blast of the year! Snow on the horizon here in the mountains again and mid drifting to snow and skis!!!
Its the big Enduro racing finale….The Finale Superenduro Final! I have to confess the bike is more ready to race than the pilot! I have not had time to get out enough since the lifts shut and guiding finished! Gardening work has taken priority with every tree and garden in Champéry need a prune it seems!!!alas, we all need to pay the bills and racing does not do that very often.
Looking back, one of the highlights of my year was the infamous Frome Cobble Wobble, in its third year it was something that should be put in red on everyones race agenda… A MUST do event, in the same vain as Cape Epic, Mega, Trans Provence and many others…!!!!! I arrived back in the home town armed with a pair of race shoes and a helmet….Looking for some kindly sole to lend me a steed suitable for an assualt on the cobbles of Catherine Hill. The winning record time of Chris Akrig is staggering, something I still find hard to comprehend. Basically, its a time trial up a short steep cobbled, shop lined hill in a sleepy Somerset Town. Dreamt up by visionary bike genius, Andrew “Cobble Wobble/Bike Academy”Denham. Riders can take it seriously or not
There were some amazing sites, including a Stag Party in various stages of undress, pantomime Horse and countless fairies, smurfs, and assortment of men in womens clothes. Small kids on barbie bikes and elderly people on Bromptons and professional riders from GT and Rapha-Condor etc.
Richard from Live 2 Ride in Frome came up trumps and loaned me a splendid small road bike from the shop. Jess Stone also came down from Trek Gravity Girls. Richard used the chance to launch his Live 2 Ride Women section in the shop (Maybe a rethink on the name is in order Rich?) We had lovely one off T Shirts especially with our names on the back!
Well needless to say, I hold my hand up and profess loudly that I am not, and never will be a star climber or roadie of any repute! Its downhill for me! But, I loved it, felt like spitting chunks at the finish and smiled the whole 30 something seconds of it! Next year I will be on tender hooks to get an entry and preparing a super dooper cobble wobble race steed! Thanks to Richard and Fleur, Marjorie and all who helped me prepre for the event and helped me get up the hill in one piece! I think I need to have more Cobble Wobble beer with Rich, Fleur and Jess the night before and more of the pre race food of Champions…Curry and then brekkie of porridge
So, now I am preparing for Finale Ligura this weekend. The Slayer is shiny, buffed up and ready….I just have to get my tent de-mildewed and sleeping bag fumigated! Just found out there is about 70 km of riding and 1700m of climbing…Eeek! Ah hell, its not all bad…Mediterranean coastal town, Gelato by the bucket load, good wine, good food and some of the best natural descents to the sea known to man. Just got to get me and the Slayer to the top under my own pedal pushing power first!