This is a big weekend coming up for many GWA clients, staff, and family. We have 20 people invading Penticton for this weekend for the Gran Fondo and likely some wine tasting...
Team Fulgas Members:
Matt VanNostrand, Christian Frandsen, Thierry Keable, Ron Murray, Scott Frandsen, Jon Bula, Laura Bertram, Pamela Bula, Ben VanNostrand
Tuesday AM Spin (Ladies of GWA):
Kate Ramsay, Kate Peckold, Shayne Dyrdal, Christa Wilcock, Kim Dodge, Jody Dalton
Others: Graham Tutti, Dan Shepanski, Susan McGowan, Sheila Bouman,
The ride on Sunday is one of my favorite. It is 160 km of beautiful rolling hills, through lake and wine country in the Okanogan. There are 3 fairly significant climbs and typically some wind to contend with. Forcast is calling for hot temperatures again this year. Good luck everyone!
Fulgas is a cycle club that Matt, Christian, and I started this year. We consider ourselves top level beer-league racers...We are going to try and stay with the lead group in the ride this weekend and hopefully get one of us on the podium. This will be painful to say the least.
The following is some advice and answers to the most common questions clients are asking me:
Q. How much should I eat on the Ride:
A. Well that depends on how big you are, bigger = more food. I typically eat 150 calories per hour and i weigh 165 lbs. I wouldn't recommend less than 100 calories, and up to 200 is not a problem at all. Not eating enough during a long ride will ruin your day, so make sure you stay on it.
Q. Where should I place myself in the start chute?
A. I think that seeding yourself according to your estimated time is the way to go. If you are too far forward with faster riders this will only make things difficult and uncomfortable for you as get continuously passed. If you go too far back with slower riders you will have to do way too much work as you will likely be leading and fighting the wind way too much. Be relaxed at the start and stay aware. The ride will settle down after a bit and you should find yourself with others of similar speed.
Q. How hard should I ride?
A. I believe a conservative start is really important. You will feel less nervous and it always feels great to finish strong. If you go out too hard too early then you will likely be suffering during the last part of the ride. Take if from me, suffering sucks...
Q. What is the best vineyard for lunch?
A. Lake Breeze Patio for sure. In Naramata. Not the best wine (but still really good) but the food and the location are amazing.