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Bronze In Rimini - Training Camp Alpe D'huez

On Thursday evening 21st of May, we set off in the van for Rimini and went via our house in the Alps to drop off needed supplies for the triathlon training camp that we were running as from Monday 25th May. It was a bit of a trek, but we arrived to pouring rain and gales on Friday evening. Saturday wasn’t a great deal better but at least the sea had calmed down. After driving the bike course, I was somewhat concerned. The road surface was terrible, there were potholes everywhere and the road was actually completely missing in some areas. Not ideal! The terrain suited me but the downhill sections and cobbles were not great, especially when the forecast was rain. Really surprised that it past the risk assessments!

 

Race day was an 11:25 start for me. The sea was choppy and the course was on the long side, so a slower swim than I hoped for, and so had a bit of work to do on the bike! I was 50-60km into the bike ride when I had worked my way up to Gold position. That was until I hit a down hill section and my water bottle cage bounced out at the front, swung round, hitting my downward pedal stroke which wrenched it out of its housing at the bottom, taking gel coat with it! I was gutted and concerned as to the damage to the frame. After a rather long pause examining damage, with 35km to go, I went with it, carefully on the descents, and aware that my nutrition was somewhere on the roadside in Rimini! By the time I was on the run, I definitely needed to refuel a bit, but by this point I was more worried about my bike than my position! I finished overall in Bronze, so good to pick up a medal despite it all.

However, no awards ceremony, as Mark had been knocked off his bike and was in hospital with a fractured pelvis, and we had a training camp to run in France, starting 9:30am the next day! After packing and a hospital visit, we made it to France at 6am in the morning, and then began a very sunny successful training camp (thanks again Planet X for also producing our club bike tops!).

Now back in the UK, Planet X are going to be assessing the damage to my bike and sorting me out so I have a bike to ride in the Staffordshire Ironman 70.3.

Words by Fran Bungay

3 June 2015