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Ironman Lanzarote RECONs have returned

Next date Tuesday 28th February

Making the cut-off and decending to Haria

Making the cut-off and decending to Haria

Departure Time 9.30am from Transition area on the water front in Puerto del Carmen

Google map location  Click here

This is a RECON of the 1st 107km for the IM Lanzarote Bike Leg.
On the day of the event, the cut off time is 2.30pm at the 107km point.

Total distance 157km approx.

€29 per person (excluding bike hire) book via buenobike@gmail.com

Correct knowledge of the course will save you between 12 and 40 minutes on the bike leg!

Are you concerned about missing this cut-off….don’t miss this!
– Strong sportif riders are also welcome to join.
– Average speed will be 20-22kmh
– You will learn about the winds
– We will show you the “sweet spots”, where to push on and save time….there is 12 of them in total!

Last year, one of our recon riders got inside every cut-off by 6 to 15 minutes. He made it because he knew he could!

The infamously windy 2015 Ironman, all our recon participants bettered their estimated bike times when most missed theirs by half an hour…..there was an unusual North, North West wind on the day!

Tiny Things at Bueno Bike Lanzarote #LifeofaBikeTourGuide – Vol.7

 

It’s the small things that set us apart!

Is there a case for sports events that allow you to dope? Life of a bike tour guide Vol.4

It has been a really eventful few weeks in cycling, Sagan retains the Rainbow Jersey, controversy surrounds the points system for the world tour 2017, Brandon Semenuk wins again with Antoine Bizet pulling the first double back flip at the Red Bull Rampage……and Bradley Wiggins.

The fact is Bradley had permission to use a substance that in normal circumstances would be considered a doping violation. Should the questions be;

  • Was Bradley genuinely ill?
  • Did the doctor falsify or exaggerate his illness?
  • Was the treatment excessive for the symptoms he presented?
  • Should we have a panel of 3 doctors instead of 1 individual who authorises the use of TUE’s?

Has this been a case of a witch hunt that has gone slightly in the wrong direction? The bottom line is rules have not been broken and it is anybody’s opinion as to how far they have been bent.

Should the spotlight be turned up a little more on amateur cycling?

Picture by ilovebicycling.com/

Picture by ilovebicycling.com/

Lots of names over the last 2 years come to mind this week. Robin Townsend, Ciaran Kelly, Gabriel Evans, Kristjan Kumar, Oscar Tovar, Yamile Lugo, Andrew Hastings the list is endless.

All of these cyclists were found to be doping at amateur events. They include ex-continental riders, aspiring pro riders that were in the junior ranks and age-groupers. The entire spectrum is involved.

Have we assumed that being amateurs, they have less incentive to win and fewer reasons to cheat?

Unfortunately we are now in an age of escalating competition for amateur slots in big races such as the Ironman world championship. The fact of the matter is that you have people with money, access to performance enhancers and a type-A personality, and they want to win just as bad as professionals. Is it driven by ego and the desire to feel important?

The talk among many strong leisure cyclists is that they do not want to compete because they feel that it not a level playing field even at the lower levels of cycling. So we leave you with this……

Should we have a sport event where any form of doping is allowed? Let us know what you think.

#levelplayingfield #norules #dopeornohope #bikepure #MPCC #WADA #UKAD # USADA #stickybottle #TheTelegraph #CyclingWeekly #GFNY #LTGA

Mick is a bike tour guide at Bueno Bike Lanzarote – Bike Tour Operator of the Year for the Canary Islands, Spain 2016 & 2017, Luxury Travel Guide Awards