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Old 10-07-11, 09:50 AM   #1
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My trip to Europe was almost a total disaster for cycling and eating healthy!

I made it back from Europe, it was almost a total disaster for cycling and eating healthy.

The original plan was for me to work in the UK for about a month so I took my bike with me. I landed, drove an hour and half to the hotel in southern UK, checked in and took a nap. An hour later my boss calls “I need you on a flight to Amsterdam in 6 hours and after that I need you to go to Paris”. I couldn’t drag my bike all over Europe so I paid a LBS to store my bike for two weeks.

I picked my bike up on a Saturday and had it ready to ride by that Sunday morning. Sunday was about the greatest day of cycling I ever had! The Tour of Brittan was concluding with a time trial and a circuit race in London. I rode 10 mile to Parliament Street and as I was riding down the street which was part of the 5.8 mile course when they closed off the course to traffic. I rode right past the start line, started my timer and rode nearly the entire time trial course before getting kicked off the last mile. I finished the circuit on the sidewalks, dodging spectators and tourist. I finished in 21 minutes, the winning time was about 11 minutes. I watched a great race. I got up close to Thor Hushovd the reigning World Champion and Mark Cavendish who won the World Championship a week later. That was an awesome day!

Two days later I came down with the flu, a real bad case of it and I wasn’t able to ride for the rest of my stay in Europe. My food got really sloppy while I was in Europe, they deep fry everything and I started to eat sweet. Somehow I still managed to drop 8 pounds while I was away, probably from being sick so long. I hope to be well enough to get back on my bike this weekend.

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They deep fry everything?... No they don't. Where were you eating?
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They dont deep fry everything.
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Old 10-07-11, 10:24 AM   #4
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They dont deep fry everything (sorry I couldnt resist) Sounds like the one day you did get to ride was worth it though. Sucks you missed out on being able to ride the whole time though. We have a Crit race here in my home town its always amazing to watch. I have never seen a TT before I think it would be interesting.
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Old 10-07-11, 10:49 AM   #5
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5.8 mi/21min = 16.57mph
5.8 mi/11min = 31.63mph

Good job! Sounds like an awesome time. It's not every day you get to steal a ride on a closed-off professional TT circuit!
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