THE 'NO RACE' RACE REPORT
Everything in cycling is planned. Everything.
And the Chatillon-Dijon race was well planned.
One of the elements you can only anticipate and not control though is weather.
And once again, it decided to turn the Swiss Racing Academy weekend into more of a ski trip than a cycling race.
The ''Classique Chatillon-Dijon Prix Luigi Maggioni'' is an Elite National race organized by the SCO Dijon Club, taking place in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. 156 Km of hilly ''legs breaking'' up and downs with a flat finish. Most of the big and well known French clubs were ready to race..... as we were.
The 2018 edition should have been the race 40th anniversary, but that Sunday at noon, the organizers and sports directors decided to cancel the event.
Ready and geared up, we've decided to visit the covered with snow neighborhood. On the bikes. And yes, it was cold.
We finally spent more time on the road (snow falls blocking us there too) and at the hotel then on our bikes.
But we couldn't leave Chatillon without spinning the legs. Or should we say ''frozing'' the legs.
Negative temperatures and ice make everyone's work harder. From cars to bikes, not even mentioning the athletes bodies, extreme conditions make everything longer, harder, more critical.
With the cancellation of the race coming quite late (official start was planned at 12H30), everything, including the SRA riders, was ready to go.
So we did.
We've already experienced hard core conditions during our previous training camp in Provence.
Cyclists can have quite different reactions and sensitivity to cold and rain. Thankfully, our past team experience made everyone resistant.
And the Swiss Racing Academy Class of 2018 showed once again their motivation and dedication.
Once on the bike, push mode is on. And not much can stop the group.
Needless to insist on the respect we all have for the fearless, all-giving, committed riders from the Swiss Racing Academy.
But we are also more than aware that a cycling team would be nothing without its staff,
doing most of their work in the shadow, or in this case, like Marco, in the snow.