Monday, February 12, 2007

Training Trip to Portugal

I took advantage of my good friend David Cathcart's trip to Portugal to do a few days of training and see some old cycling buddies. Most notably Joaquim Andrade - Fercase Rota dos Moveis, who along with former Once and Discovery rider Jose Azevedo, I befriended during the Volta ao Algarve in 1994. Andrade is a TT specialist and one of the senior members of the Portuguese peloton. Along with Bartot-Torrie rider Carlos Pinho and the old pro Fernando Mota we enjoyed a nice 3 hour ride around the Pombal area where Mota lives. Incredible roads to train on and Mota is starting training camps in this area. After the ride I drove to Algarve to meet David where he was on behalf of Saris-Cycleops at the Predictor-Lotto training camp. We did some riding together including getting lost on one occasion meaning a 5 hour ride where poor David almost killed me. Ah the bond between buddies on those 5 hour rides where you bonk.