Saturday, September 17, 2016

Haute Route Dolomites compact !

Arrived into BOLZANO, the perfect blend of German sense of tidiness and organization with the undisputable magic that only Italy can offer. Bolzano, while being in Italy present itself and refers it self as a German town. Class, style and awesome genetics are just one of the few reasons why any Rancher should consider coming here and check this place out.  

Stage One- Bolzano to Cortina D'Ampezzo - 175km +3,700 metres 
The dolomites a truly outstanding ridding territory with breath taking views.

After finishing HR Compact Stage one, with my pal Sebi, who after a day of fiercely competition beats me in the grueling stage into Cortina. Compiting has never been sooo fun!    

Stage 2 HR Compact - Cortina D'Ampezzo to Venice 175km +1700metres.

Early start to tackle a beautiful stage. First the Passo Giau and then a long decent and very fast flat section to finish the timing section at the top of Passo San Boldo, committed to set the record straight on the ranking Seb and rider Eazy-E had yet another day of fiercely competition ...

finished in Venice, always tight on time we packed bikes and rushed to the Airport to take the Sunday afternoon flight back- it was a fantastic weekend where the only thing pending was the Bellinis at Piazza San Marco, next time!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

2016 Ride The Rockies

RiderMama and RiderTurbo back at it again.

10 years of marriage, 2 kids later, still committed and going strong!

Battle Mountain

Independence Pass outside of Aspen, Colorado

Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mtn. National Forest, Elevation 12,183 feet

Finish Line in Fort Collins, Colorado

Sunday, May 8, 2016


At very last minute my friend Vincent from Place Vendome got me a spare number to take part of this IronMan. I was very keen to do it given it's superb location and challenging course but when I tried to sign up a few month ago it was sold out.
Logistics were classic Eazy-E - jumped into plane last minute, no bike, no wetsuit... just strong will and the thinking that it will all be cool. Got into Nice airport on Friday, got my Avis car, drove to our beloved Hotel de la dare en Ville Franche -where No show will surprise me the next morning!- did a nice spin up to La Turbie and hit the sack early. Saturday morning drove all the way to Aix to meet Vince and sign up.

Vincent thought I was a bit crazy not to have a bike ready... and started to get stressed out of my logistics, he did all my registration under my racing name "Pierre" which was great as it allowed me to get to the check in cut off time right on time!!

Luckily for me our friends at Rue Libre in Nice had sorted me up with a nice Giant bike. The wetsuit I got it last minute in the TRI exhibition -it was going to be of no use as the swim got cancelled due to extreme weather conditions-

By the time I was crossing the finish line with a very respectable 4h:34' I knew all the last minutes effort had paid off!

Pushing hard on my rental Giant to complete the 90km with 1200 meter elevation in 2hs53'. The ride was challenging due to strong winds but the views of the Provence, which were outstanding, and the feeling of satisfaction of blowing off guys in their super TRI AERO PRO bikes kept me inspired and focus all the way!!

As any experience of life, its better when you are sharing the moment, Vincent and twin brothers Aurelien and Julien were great host and made me feel part of the team... they also beat me!!! To my surprise the customary Ranch farting contest was very well known by my new French fellows, specially by the twins who competed fiercely on the space! Merci beaucoup guys for a fantastic weekend!!