Juan Rodriguez, one of our BBB team-mates, took part in September in the “Championnats du Monde UCI Granfondo 2022” in Trento. You’ll find below his testimony.
“Mountains will be what you want them to be. They can be beautiful sceneries to set personal challenges or places to enjoy the amazing views, maybe both. As you pedal, you slow down, feeling the gravity forces, connecting with the orography and fixing your view on the surrounding peaks while sliding on the winding roads that lead to the top. Personal emotions get intensified on the top in a flash moment that preceedes the enjoyable descending slopes.
After a pretty good and fast start and a very decent climbing pace on Le Viote, I managed to make the summit with the first group of riders under my category.
With still 300 meters of Monte Bondone to be done my body starts to collapse, feeling my legs empty...
With still 300 meters of Monte Bondone to be done my body starts to collapse, feeling my legs empty and this scary dizzy feeling that confirms a bad management of nutrition and rest during the week before the Gran Fondo race day.
Did I enjoy the experience (including preparation)? A lot.
Is it a well organised event? Definitely.
Do you have to prepare for it? Certainly.
Which are the lessons learned from the 2022 experience? No matter how well prepared you are on the bike, never underestimate the nutrition and rest on the week before the event.
What is the most important in your view? Always enjoy the preparation and do not take the (good or bad) results too seriously.”