Monday, March 22, 2010

Cipressa Descent

Last Saturday was the 101st Edition of Milan-Sanremo.  Thanks to, I was able to watch this race while Mother Nature was dumping snow across Oklahoma.  After 274 km of riding, the pros have to climb the Cipressa.  The climb is challenging enough, but then they have to go down it.  I don't think I have seen another pro race where downhill skills play such a pivotal part in the outcome.  Gaps were opening up all over the place on this descent and had, in my opinion, as much to say about the final results as any other factor in the race.  Michael Barry uploaded this video taken from Jaun Antonio Flecha's helmet cam as he descended this climb on practice ride.  Pretty cool stuff.

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