Andalucia MTB Stage Race – Stage 5

Downtown Jaen, Spain
STAGE  5:  Eastern JaénAfter the race yesterday we all got settled in our new abodes in the middle of downtown Jaen.  It was culture shock at its finest coming from a hotel that was more removed to a BIG beautiful city where th…

Andalucia MTB Stage Race – Stage 4

STAGE 4:  Priego de Córdoba-JaénToday’s stage was just what I needed.  It was a longer stage of 115k with a climb at the start and end with the middle section being a long flat Rail Trail.  But we didn’t get to start (what was) the 5hr and …

Andalucia MTB Stage Race – Stage 3

STAGE 3:  Eastern CordobaWhat a mess.  Today after hitting the first mud puddle my rear brakes decided to work just barely.  Sweet…only 45 miles to go on unfamiliar terrain!!  UGH.  At least when I kept them dry I would get a bit more out of th…

Andalucia MTB Stage Race – Stage 2

STAGE 2:  Western Cordoba What a crazy way to start a race…..take 170 riders up a 10 second sprint on a dirt road and pinch them all through a 2 person wide hole in the fence which sends everyone STRAIGHT down a steep loose rocky hill.  It was temp…

Andalucia MTB Stage Race – Stage 1

Getting readyThe next morning we got up around 6:30am for what turned out to be an excellent buffet breakfast by the hotel.  Pretty much everything you could ask for to include the thickest black coffee ever along with salty meats and cheeses galore. …

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