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Orange Crush

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08/29/2015 02:43 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 08/28/2015 06:33 PM
Yikes, Geneva! First they drain all your energy, then you wallet, too!


So far I haven't spent a single swiss franc. Haute Route party tonight was funny...hundreds of ravenous cyclists circling waiters trying to get food out of kitchen. Plenty of free booze to go around too. Tomorrow off to Paris to see family.
longslowdistance

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08/29/2015 04:17 PM
Congratulations are in order. Enjoy Paris.
thinline

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08/31/2015 07:51 AM
Well done, OC! A true accomplishment!!!
huckleberry

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08/31/2015 08:49 AM
Big Congrats, OC!
ChinookPass

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08/31/2015 11:47 AM
Well done OC! You've set the bar pretty high for the rest of the forum.
Orange Crush

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09/01/2015 01:37 AM
Thanks guys. Funny that you should mention that Chinook. I was actually thinking that many on this forum could complete this thing with proper preparation. It was actually pretty straihhtforward to put the distance and vertical in day after day. Finishing was never in doubt, the margin with time cuts were pretty wide which I had already calculated from my training times. At my speed I would probably have gone on for another week. Doing well in the race as my friend did (67th), that's something else altogether.

The main mental wear was off the bike with the early morning rise and forced breakfast (sick of instant oatmeal), packing and getting to start line, and at tail end of every day hotel transfers, getting food into system, massage lineups, briefings for next day and then more eating and organizing for next day. Nights were brief and restless.

Recovery is going well with plenty of snooze time and a big Malinese meal in the African quarter of Paris.
longslowdistance

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09/01/2015 10:18 AM
Your report reminds me that the GT riders had no AC not that long ago.
Orange Crush

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09/01/2015 10:38 AM
Yeah a couple hotels were brutally hot including the one in Nice which was also on a party street and next to the local KFC. In Nice the partying was barely over by the time we made our way to start line. Not a good start but except for first two most hotels were excellent.
SideBySide

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09/01/2015 12:22 PM
Great job! Enjoy your recovery.
Nick A

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09/06/2015 12:47 PM
Kudos!
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