Ironman Mont Tremblant 2015

Two weeks ago, after 6 months training, I competed at Ironman Mont Tremblant. What an incredible experience and an amazing place to race. It's easy to see what attracts peope to this popular picturesque ski resort. Ironman is a tough sport, both physically and mentally, requiring focus and dedication. It's been said that only crazy masochists take part in an Ironman and I have been asked on numerous occasions why I do it. I love it for so many reasons, the idiosyncrasies that justify jumping out of bed at 5am to go on a bike ride or fit in a swim - that unbreakable internal drive. The self-discipline, the focus, the adversity, the pressure, the pain, it all keeps me in check and that persistence and determination crosses over into other parts of my life. 

I have had big dreams of making it to KONA since my first race in 2009, after all Kona is the ultimate goal for most triathletes. This time in Tremblant, I missed it again, yep a few tears but there are also other opportunities to qualify. The goal and the drive remain - and I will wait for the persistence to pay off and unleash a perfect day.

Ironman is a selfish sport with friends and family witnessing the best and worst of you. Grumpy, tired, frustrated, dummy spits, flat tires, excuses, the loss of bodily fluids... I actually felt the most relaxed I've ever been going into a race this time round. I had amazing support from my cheer squad: Marijana (Babe), Cassie and Matt. They were all new to Ironman and made the trip up from New York to cheer me on and tell me to suck it up when it got tough. Absolute legends I can't thank them enough! 

I had the fastest bike in the world thanks to BMC, the Time Machine is a serious piece of "A" combined with some HED Jet race wheels, a GIRO AIR ATTACK helmet and TRIMELE shoes, GARMIN FENIX#3, ARSUS race suit and NIKE LUNARRACER#3 I had no excuses! Just my flat tire and 3 trips into the woods but that's racing.. RIGHT? 

Thank you so much to Tom Noble and MINI USA for the support car. The Cooper S 4 doormade the 7 hour drive from New York to Mont Tremblant a breeze, especially when it's fully loaded with all the packages like Harmon Kardon sound system, reverse camera, sunroof, iDrive and satnav.

Other shout outs go to:  Cesar Villalbaj for the Tri suit, it was so fast! Thanks to the team at R&A Cycles for helping me get ready for the event, Travis Hawkins for lending me the HED race wheels and wetsuit.

May Clients!

It's May already and I've been lucky enough to guide clients from Australia, Canada and Germany. The weather has finally turned it on for some amazing mornings, the trees are starting to get their leaves giving some life back to the popular cycling routes.

 

April with "The Domestique"

So far it's been a great month showing clients from Denmark and Australia some of the cycling available out of Manhattan. Cycling is a shared experience, you can have a drink with someone or meet for lunch but chances are you won't get to know them like you do on a bike. 

What's a new york cycling guide doing in the desert?

I've only been back in New York a couple weeks and Palm Springs is still on my mind. I was lucky enough to experience 4 amazing days there this February with a buddy from New York we call "Zoolander" and his amazing family.

The drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs normally takes around 2.5 - 2 hours but we caught a decent amount of traffic on a Friday afternoon for some reason... Traffic isn't really an issue though when you're on holiday and about to do three days riding in a desert wonderland.

Day 1 : With 360 degree views of mountains there was only one direction to go... UP! Thomas took us to the 'Palms to Pines climb' on highway 74. It starts off pretty steady and winds its way up to an amazing lookout. All I heard was "Strava segment" so I hit the gas to test out the legs and lungs. Switchback after switchback I was in the hurt locker and looking for the lookout. Click here for the segment.

Day 2 was a little slow curtesy of George's amazing Margaritas.. Salt levels where up though, so we headed out to Thousand Palms Oasis to check out the Fan Palms in the Coachella Valley Preserve. An exposed road lead us out to the preserve, strong crosswinds kept us on our game! 

Day 3 was best described as EPIC! The Joshua Tree was the icing on the cake. 429,690 acres of awe inspiring views, desert, rock, Joshua Trees, Skull Rock; it was probably the best day I've had on a bike. 

Day 4 was all about "The Tram Climb." Ernest Coffee and Heather's Cinnabuns! Breakfast was off the charts. George and Heather put on stunning food all weekend.

The wind was up and a little cooler than the previous few days, and a thick layer of fog was covering the San Bernardino Mountains. After another quick tour of the city we hit the Tram Climb. Like most of the climbing around Palm Springs it's tough and requires good pacing. Lincoln, Thomas and I all set off to give it a crack. Unfortunately they don't let you go all the way up anymore, so a friendly ranger stopped us at the check station. 

A fast descent took us back downtown for a well earned Ernest Coffee and a nice debrief of one of the best cycling weekends ever!

 

 

Thank you Thomas and the Hassler family for making this experience possible. If you ever need a guide in Palm Springs.. "Zoolander" is your man!

 

 

 

The Season Opener!

It's great to be back in New York, with the weather finally starting to clear my first client ever was back in the city for business and looking to do a little cycling. It was an early start, temperatures around -4 degrees celcius as I made my way over the Williamsburg Bridge and up to the Hilton Hotel on 6th Av, 52nd street.  I don't think Paulo was prepared for the temperature so I packed a spare beanie and warmer gloves just in case...

Central Park is beautiful this time of morning; every lap it changes color as the sun rises from the east. The first lap is dark, all you have are your lights to guide you round the 10km loop, by the second lap the silhouette of the surrounding skyline starts to appear. Once the sun rises there's an amazing array of colors that bounce off the buildings.

It's always a rewarding experience to share what this city has to offer; thanks for the ride Paulo!

40km before 8am! Time for coffee!

Paulo enjoying a few laps before Thursday meetings.

Paulo enjoying a few laps before Thursday meetings.

Home in Adelaide

It's surreal to be back riding all my favourite routes around Adelaide, It's an amazing place to be this time of year. Cycling choices are endless, you can ride beaches, hills, gravel in a very close circumference. 

This shot was taken on the back road to Mount Osmond, it's one of my favourite climbs in Adelaide. I use to be scared stiff as a kid driving up it, now.. I can bomb down faster than most cars. The summit provides breathtaking panoramic views across Adelaide's skyline to the coast, visiblity extends all the way to Kangaroo Island on clear days.

Sunday Bliss..

Today was another reminder of how great this city is to ride in. My commute from the quiet streets of Greenpoint up over the Williamsburg Bridge never gets old, I look forward to seeing the Manhattan skyline every day.

The River Road loop was suprisingly quiet this morning, no more than a dozen riders out enjoying the morning sun. 

Fresh legs from a few days off the bike felt great so the team machine was put through it's paces all the way to the top of Rangers Station. No repeats today... 

All out of Skratch Labs and Pro Bar so it's back to the Rapha Cycle Club for some La Colombe coffee and to watch the end of the World Championships.





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