The team arrived in Baie-Comeau on Wednesday after a big 11hr transit/drive from Bromont. The drive up included some spectacular countryside, one ferry ride, several quick stops, one longer stop, and a team thankful to have arrived after travelling for so long. It really was a drive and a half.
Thursday was the first full day here and after an easy training ride in the morning we drove the course. I am not sure if that was a good thing to do. The hills were steep from the comfort of the van, and that was before we arrived at the main climb in the course, a 100m vertical lift over 1km. That night I went to be dreaming of hard hills.
The next day we got out on course on the bikes and it didn’t seem anywhere near as bad as it did from the van. Sure some of the hills are short sharp pinches 10% or so, and yes the big long 1km hill is big and long and hard but, you get into the rhythm and keep going.
The weather thus far has been perfect, mid 20s and blue skies, with little to no wind. Lets hope that it stays that way for race day. The next few days of training will be short sessions in final prep for Thursday 19th which is the Individual Time Trial (2 laps ) and Saturday 21st the Road Race (4 laps)