I got up all excited yesterday, checked my bike, ate my porridge, showerd, checked bike, got into my retro kit and set off through a downpour to the start…to find my self on my own.
The race was today.
So, had the same kind of start, with sunny weather,off I rode on the Nuovo Mexico
This was the organizer’s maiden event,which was in Haarlem in the North of Holland.
I snapped a Colnago Super in the exact same colour as mine
The Super had 3 top tube cable guides, mine has two,
I’ve sheered away from a few alleged “Colnago” bikes with 3 cable guides as it usually means fake, but this was the real thing.
The guides on mine seem to be different to the Super, I had originally thought this may have been an aftermarket extra, but perhaps Colnago built with either 2 or 3 guides.
The ride stopped in the beautiful village of Spaarndam,just oustide Haarlem,
some of the houses date from the mid 16th century
I saw that some of the other riders had started moving off, so I followed.
I passed a few fellow riders , and rode down a path by a canal with some houseboats moored alongside.
Suddenly I came across this
complete with this
now , in the owners eyes, this is probably Southfork or the Ponderosa, but seemed a little too Never Never Land for me, and when I saw this
my instincts told me to move on.
So I did, and to rub salt in the wounds still raw from my heroic failure of yesterdays wet, none existent race,I realized I was lost.
No drama though, the Spaarnwoude area is beautiful, and it was an opportunity to get a few more routes in my head, I was down for 80km, so I had about 3 hours in the saddle instead and called it a day.
Better luck next time I hope.