Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It's too cold: let's watch the Giro d'Italia!

After their one day spring classics in Europe have finished, elite pro cyclists turn their attention to stage racing.  There is one week left in the Giro d'Italia, a 21 stage race throughout Italy.  (The Tour de France is the most well known of the major stage races; there is a third stage race in August called the Vuelta a Espa├▒a.)  These races are some of the most physically grueling of all sports.  Cyclists ride an average of 180km/day, for 21 days, with 2 rest days,  over mountain ranges, and through narrow village streets.  Riders burn roughly 3500-4500 calories during the stage. That's a lot of pasta! (And Gu, and Cokes, and panini...)

Mr. Bryan & I did not make it to Italy to see the Giro this year, but Steep Hill Tv online provides us with the coverage we need.  You can even go to 'non-spoiler alert' to keep from seeing the winners of the stage.  It's cold here in Gloucester, so we are taking a 'trip' to Italy.  Check out the courage, daring and endurance of these racers.  

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