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Giro d'Italia & beyond


The Reno-Tahoe blog will occasionally feature entries from athletes sponsored by Reno-Tahoe, America’s Adventure Place. Bobby Julich, professional cyclist, trains in the Reno-Tahoe area and has been cycling since before he entered and won his first Race, the Red Zinger Mini Classic, at the age of 13. Highlights of his professional career include a third place podium finish in the 1998 Tour de France riding for Cofidis, a Bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and a victory in the week long paxil generic Paris-Nice race in 2005 with Team CSC.

Dear friends and fans in Reno/Tahoe:

I just finished the Tour of Italy, or Giro d’Italia, which is the first of two Grand Tours that I have on my racing schedule for this year. This was the first time that I have ever raced the Giro and it was a great experience. It was also the first time in my career that I raced without personal goals but rather as a loyal team support rider.

Cycling is a team sport, which not every observer may realize, and in a race that lasts 3 weeks the entire 9 man team works to have our star rider on the top step of the podium when the race finishes. For my team, CSC, our leader was Ivan Basso. Ivan has finished 2nd and 3rd in the last two Tour de France’s and we put all of our effort behind him. We had somewhat of a shaky start, but Ivan took the overall lead on the 9th stage and he kept it all the way to the end of the race in Milan. It was a milestone victory for Team CSC as this was the first Grand Tour victory in the history of our team.

Personally, my first Giro was challenging in many ways. Not only did I find it difficult to keep my focus and morale high for three weeks, but I also had to deal with a severe allergy problem that crippled my performance in the first half of the race. I usually don’t race in the month of May because I am normally back in Reno/Tahoe at that time training and resting after a difficult spring racing campaign in Europe. However, this year I decided to do the Giro to help Ivan as much as I could.

Unfortunately, Italy experienced one of it’s worst allergy seasons in recent history due to a cold spring and I happened to be right in the middle of it! The problem with allergies is that they hit you out of nowhere. One day you are feeling fine, and then the next day you feel your performance drop significantly. As an athlete, it takes longer to realize the problem because we take it as an “off day” or rationalize it in other ways. Many people with allergies don’t even know that they have them, so if you experience a sudden drop in performance during certain times of the year, it could be due to allergies.

There is little to no rest in the life of a professional cyclist, but I am now taking a short break to catch up with my family and recharge my batteries. Rest and recovery are important when you are competing as much as we do, especially when you are competing in more than one grand Tour per year. They can really take a toll on you both physically and emotionally. Before I know it, it will be time to get back on the bike and head off for Team CSC’s training camp in preparation for the Tour de France.

The Tour de France is the biggest race in the world and both myself and Team CSC have high ambitions for it. Since I had some problems in the Giro, I am even more motivated for the Tour. With our win in the Giro we are going into the race as favorites for the overall victory again with Ivan Basso. The competition will be harder in the Tour than it was in the Giro, but I think that the experience that we gained in our 3 weeks in Italy will pay off big time in July.

Till next time, enjoy the ride,
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Speed Bumps On The Road To Italy

The Reno-Tahoe blog will occasionally feature entries from athletes sponsored by Reno-Tahoe, America’s Adventure Place. Bobby Julich, professional cyclist, trains in the Reno-Tahoe area and has been cycling since before he entered and won his first Race, the Red Zinger Mini Classic, at the age of 13. Highlights of his professional career include a third place podium finish in the 1998 Tour de France riding for Cofidis, a Bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and a victory in the week long Paris-Nice race in 2005 with Team CSC.

In the last six weeks, I have been through quite the gamut of experiences and emotions. After a great Winter of training in the Reno/Tahoe area, I had a brief training camp in Italy, followed by more training back cialis online pharmacy home.

My first race of the year was the Amgen Tour of California, where I placed 3rd overall. I had a great time racing back in the States especially in a race of this caliber. It really elevates racing in America to a new level and one which I hope other American races will emulate.

Directly after the race I headed back to Europe to begin my Spring campaign, where I started off with a win in the prologue of Paris-Nice. This was a terrific victory for myself and the team, but a little unexpected as it was not one of my objectives for this year.
Although at my age, I will take any victories wherever and whenever they come ! Unfortunately, during the second to last stage of the race I crashed hard and cracking three of my ribs and forcing me to retire from the race.

In the week immediately following Paris-Nice, I my goal has been to recover and get some physical therapy and heal my wounds. However, the rest days and a mild training schedule was not very good preparation for my next race, the Criterium International, where I was the defending champion from the previous year. Although defending the title was not a personal objective of mine, it was for my team. My teammate, Ivan Basso, ended up winning the race, which was great for our team morale. Unfortunately, because of the effort that I had to make to help the team, I ended up getting a head cold. Just another speed bump in the road on my return to racing in Europe.

So, the season has barely begun and my real racing hasn’t even started yet! Right now, my first priority is to get better and start firing on all cylinders to be ready for the Tour of Italy in May.

Until the next time, keep the rubber side down and the wind at your back.cipro canadian

Weather to Bike or Ski?

That was the quesion I asked my husband Saturday morning. Only in Reno! Well, the fact is there is still lot’s of snow, and the weather was also biking weather. We figured we’d take advantage of the warm sun, since it wasn’t supposed to last, and because March wouldn’t normally be the best time to bike.

So where to go? We decided we’d try a new ride, so we headed down to Washoe Valley and climbed up into the Jumbo Grade area. To get there, you just take East Lake Blvd into New Washoe City, and when the houses start to thin out (about 4 miles) you look for Jumbo Grade Rd on the left.

Beside the historical value, it is a great place to ride. And this year was extra fun–seemingly because of the snowmelt there was lots of water everywhere. The ride is generally a climb up to the old mining town of Jumbo, and you could continue on to Virginia City if you wanted to. The views were fabulous as soon as we climbed enough to be able to see a bit. It offered a whole new perspective of Mt Rose, Slide Mountain and the Sierra’s along Washoe Valley. The vegetation was great, and it was apparent that there had been lots of water in the season.

This ride presents lot’s of great views and lots of creek crossings. Actually, there are a few places where you have the choice to either go up the road which has over time been relocated farther up the side of the hill, or just ride up the creek itself. We went up the creek–and were amazed that neither one of us ended up falling/stepping in the water! The roads were generally in good condition. In fact, there was still snow all over the place, except for the road–that is, until we had climbed about 4 miles from the start and reached a point where there were two options: 1) Either put tracks on our bikes so that we could make it up the snow covered road with muddy ruts where the motorcycles had already gone, or 2) Decide to have lunch. We chose the later. To our great delight we also were able to find a single pinon pine nut to eat, ashamed that after so many years in Nevada we really didn’t know the season for the nuts, but happy that one was still preserved somehow by the winter weather.

We eventually did the downhill back to the car–and all day with shorts and a t-shirt. What a day!