2 weeks ago I participated in my second 100km mountain bike race. The course consisted of about 70% double track and 30% road with a little bit of single track mixed in too. Having not performed well in Gapyoung 2 weeks prior I wasn’t expecting much but I definitely wanted to use the race to get in better shape. Lucky for me too the course is pretty easy for the first third of the race. The gun went off and I was able to stay with the lead group for the first 40km or so. After that the first really long climb started though and I was quickly on my own just racing to finish. I ended up completing the course in a little under 5 hours which was about 15 minutes slower than last year. I still had a great time overall though. Big thanks to my friend Matt for letting me stay with him and his family in Jecheon before the race. I think I’m starting to get into better shape though since I felt a lot better the next week at the Pinarello Gran Fondo.
Last Saturday my team and I participated in what was my first ever Gran Fondo ride. Gran Fondos are basically big timed rides that have a podium for the top 3 overall finishers. Usually the courses are really tough and most peoples goal is just to finish. This event was held in Muju in the south west part of Korea which has really big mountains. The event started at 7am but my team decided that since we were there just to ride rather than race we would start about 20 minutes late. This actually proved to be a pretty good idea because as we rode the course and caught and passed people I was able to catch up with lots of people I know and meet some new ones. The course was a lot of fun but it was also pretty brutal. There were about 7 climbs on the course one of which had cement sections that hit over 20%. About half the people in the ride walked up it! The course finished with a pretty long climb too and I was pretty worn out by the end of it. The total course was 130km and took me well over 5 hours to finish.
I got to meet some one pretty interesting on the ride too. As I was riding up one of the gradual climbs I saw two people with number 1 and 2 so I went up and said hi and started a conversation. It turns out that I was talking to Fausto Pinarello the son of the founder of Pinarello and the current CEO of the company. We rode for about 20km and talked about the bike market in Korea and other things. That was definitely the highlight of my Gran Fondo ride.
There are no races this weekend but my last 2 races in Korea are coming up fast. Next weekend I’m racing a mountain bike race in HongCheon and the last weekend of June is the last race of the Masters Cycling Tour.
이주전에 저 박달재 100키로 산악자전거대회탔어요. 장년탈때 몸조그좋았지만 가평대회 잘못탔어서 이대회 그냥 훈련하로 했어요. 하지만 나 열심히해봤어요. 첫40키로 동안 나 앞그룹이랑탔어요. 하지만 첫 킨 언덕 페이스 못마췄어요. 마지막60키로 그냥혼자줄겁게탔어요. 기록 5시간 정도 나왔어요. 하지만 상급자에 2명박이안왔어서 2등했어요! 박달재타고 몸좀올로갔나봐요.
지난주토요일 무주 피나레로 그란펀도 타로갔어요. 나 첫그란폰도이얐어요 그리고 생각보다 재미있었어요. 시작은 7시이였는데 우리 팀 7시20분정도에 출발했어요. 이번에 대회아니여서 그냥 재미겟타고싶어서 늦게출발했어요. 코스타고 나 오랜만은친구랑 많이 얘기할수있었고 새친구 도마났어요. 코스 너무어려웠지만 재미있었어요. 내기록은 5시간반 넘었어요!
하지만 제일 재미있는것는 나 혼자타고있었고 배번1,2번가지고있는사람봤어요. 외국인이야서 나 하이하고 얘기했어요. 그사람 피나레로 자전거 CEO 파우스토 피나레로 이얐어요! 20키로 동안같이타고 얘기했어요. 이것은 그란폰도 제일좋은추억.
이번주 자전거대회 없지만 다음주홍천 산악자전거대회신청했고 6월말에 양양 엠씨티 탈거예요.