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August 13, 2018

Volta de Portugal passing close to Galicia

by Dean Fletcher

The 80th Volta a Portugal has just concluded in the town of Fafe, just an hour’s drive from the Galician border. This year, Gallegos were very fortunate to see a total of four stages, all easily accessible from Galicia. The heat was not as extreme as for the early part of the race, where the mercury hit 44 degrees Celsius. This caused the great spectacle of firemen in every town hosing down the peloton as it passed through. Social media loved those images.

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August 7, 2018

Heat and Riding

by Dean Fletcher

Most of Europe has been sweltering this week in temperatures never witnessed. The heat has been unbearable. When the hot weather makes it to the first item on Spanish television news, you know it must be hot. And it was hot. Galicia is not known for these extreme temperatures, particularly because of the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean. This time it was different. In Tui, where Cycling Galicia is based, the mercury hit 42.5 degrees Celsius, making a bike ride quite uncomfortable.Although these temperatures were unprecedented, when the thermometer hits 35 degrees plus, a ride is still possible. However, some rules need to be followed when cycling in such heat.

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July 28, 2018

One Law Just for Team SKY?

by Dean Fletcher

We watched the domination of TEAM SKY at this year´s Tour de France. And this after an emphatic Giro win, all achieved under the dark cloud of Chris Froome´s “positive test” for excessive Salbutamol. All this has really opened a Pandora´s box in the world of cycling. You must feel though, that despite the scandalous revelation of Froome´s abnormal result by the French press, TEAM SKY have played this one badly. What Brits see as playing by the book, is seen as arrogance in Europe. And today´s rest day press conference by Brailsford, essentially blaming the French people is not going to help the situation. So, let´s try and put this all into perspective.

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July 22, 2018

Monte Aloia Galicia’s Mythical Mountain

by Dean Fletcher

Monte Aloia issituated at the southern border of Galicia, overlooking the River Miño and northern Portugal. It is a natural park, and a paradise for many different lovers of nature. Hikers can spend a long day exploring it´s beautiful dense woodland. Trail runners have limitless mountain paths to keep them occupied. And cyclists too have as many as five options to reach the Chapel of Saint Julian at the summit, some 650m from the foot. The two most popular are the south face, the shortest route, and from Gondomar, twice as long, but nonetheless still challenging.

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July 22, 2018

Holiday or Training – the Cycle Tourist’s Dilemma

by Dean Fletcher

When is a holiday not a holiday? We all love a holiday, and many of us love a sporting holiday. Finding the balance between enjoying the experience, or just concentrating on how well you perform, can make the difference between a successful trip or sitting in the departure lounge on the way home thinking of what might have been. Was it a holiday or training? Is there a secret to striking the right balance?

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