‘Racing his bike is a job; riding it is a passion.’ Wonderful.
Words: Michael Barry Photographs: Timm Kölln
We spent more than six hours on our bikes and ascended two long climbs. Climbing for over half an hour, the tempo gradually reached the point of discomfort.
Few words were spoken. We both gazed at the road ahead, the peak in the distance, and focussed on the effort. It was December – we knew we should be reining in our effort.
But for Flecha, like me, that is something we find difficult. As in our childhood, we still both want to be on our bikes pushing our limits, which is not always the best for conditioning.
As we reached the summit of the first climb, I asked him if he wanted to ride to the next peak that we could see in the distance. The answer was a simple “yes”.
Rod Ellingworth, our team coach, once summarised Flecha’s training method. “He’s not a rider…
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