Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Anyone Want a Velodrome?

The Greeks are crazy. On the grounds of the sport sciences department here in Trikala, there is a never-completed velodrome (bicycle racing track) sitting all by its lonesome! Apparently, a company donated it for here to be used as a training centre for cyclists prior to the Athens 2004 Olympics, but the facility was never finished. I might need to go at it with a big power sander and fix it up myself!

And yes, those are big snow-covered mountains way beyond. I rode out to the mountain village of Kori last Sunday, with a HARD 10% grade for 8km, with switchbacks lying one of top of the other and rocks from mini-rockslides all along the road. Made for really tricky descending! Photos coming soon. Lots and lots of quiet roads with maybe 2 cars passing me in an hour, and I get the treat of not needing long gloves or to bundle up like crazy even in January! The roads are also very smooth, and the main hazards consists of wild chickens and dogs roaming the roads!

We're heading to Bansko resort in Bulgaria (Euro country #11!) Thursday-Monday with Andreas to get in our snowboarding fix. Have a great weekend!