We had a business event in Barcelona. I have never been in any Spanish speaking country. I have never been in Mallorca or Costa Brava, so did not know Spain.
Therefore I am surprised about how nice Spanish people are. I like even the language: „Holla“ means hello and sounds very nice. They just say „Holla“.
On the second day, we drove with Sagways through the city. This is real fun. You have to train it a bit at the beginning, but after 2 minutes, you are ok.
Once I had to jump from the thing because the turn I tried was finally to strong, but it is not really easy to have an accident. You can just not go too fast. It slows down automatically. And the nice thing is that you can drive just through the pedestrians.
This year I was not sure if will be able to do the 77 kilometers. I had not done the tour before this year and did not a lot of kilometers on the bike. Just had the o-tour as kind of training race.
Saturday it was raining heavily almost the whole day. Luckily the race is always on Sunday and Sunday morning sun was shining in Einsiedeln. This means that all the roads upwards were dry but downhills mostly wet or very wet.
This year I enjoyed the race the most since I participate for several reasons: it was nice weather, downhills was wet and I had enough power this year.
And there was something else: this year I had to start in the very last group and there the field is not so crowded. So you do not have to fear constantly that somebody is coming from your back and over turning you downhills. Was much fun!
First time this year that I participated at this race. It is even the first bike race except of Iron-Bike in Einsiedeln I did. My neighbor convinced me to go to the race.
We had to start early in the morning, about 6:00 am and I had no time to have breakfast. So I eat two Gipferli and drunk a Red Bull before the start in Alpnach and thats it.
The race is very exhausting. After 100 meters, it starts going up and goes up and up for maybe almost 2 hours. And downhills you have to be very concentrated. I was not too bad.
Was completely exhausted after 3 hours because I started to fast, but at the end I had not such a bad time. And in addition it was a good training for the Iron-Bike which is longer and has more altitude to go.