The Georgia coast is a nice change of venue in more ways than one. Yesterday, I was relaxing on the beach for a few minutes thinking the relative heat was nice compared to what I’ve been riding in lately. I was home in Colorado recently braving the snow in training while some of my teammates were hammering through the harsh wet weather of the northern classics.
Also, this year marks a big change in the Tour de Georgia route. With a new start, a team time trial, and a different mountain stage, my fourth Tour de Georgia will seem like a different race, which is exciting. The team time trial will be an excellent tune up for the same event in the Giro next month. Luckily, we have a very strong team here suited to the TTT and the decisive climb up Brasstown Bald.
Yesterday, we had a little TTT practice on the roads outside of Savannah. Good thing we are fast on the bike, as we pretty much had to train at highway speed behind the team car due to the lack of good roads for riding off the island. We must have been a site for the tourists: 8 guys rotating at 35 mph behind the team car! Hopefully we can replicate that speed minus the car on Thursday.
You can plan and talk all you want to prepare for the TTT. But at the end of the day, for Slipstream, it’s just going to be about being confident and going fast! Oh, and our secret weapon Allen Lim edition aero helmet modification. But you will have to wait to see that on Thursday.
Keep watch for some big rides from Slipstream/Chipotle this week. Thanks for checking in!