Friday was the last day riding, so we took it easy, winding down after a week’s hard training. But we couldn’t resist one last blitz up vall d’ebo. All our aches and pains were forgotten once we hit the slopes up this awesome climb, absolutely ramping it to the top. Kat even got a few extra brownie points to complete the week, managing to stay ahead of a couple of the boys (ok, so she had a pretty decent head start and averaged a heart rate over 175 bpm, whilst the lads still managed to hold a conversation). Then we descended the same climb. And it was a hell of a descent! Andy typically defying what should be possible on blind hairpin bends, beating us all to the bottom.
We cruised through Pego, along the beautifully smooth roads (we’ll miss these in Durham) to Denia on the coast for a cafe stop. No ice cream this time, so we had tarte de manzana (apple tart) instead. we’d obviously chosen the right spot as a continental swiss team pulled up next to us.
On the way back, Nathan had some fresh legs to spend, so went for a 20 mile sprint back to the villa. This meant he missed out on a BMC rider overtaking us. Alex and Rich were having none of this, so we kept pace with him for a while, sucking his wheel until we had to turn off.
After our last 57 miles in spain we just had the climb back up to the villa. This particular climb, I don’t think we’ll miss, but the weather, mountains and company we certainly will. It’s back to Durham now to ride a few people off our wheels up Stanhope and hopefully a brilliant season of cycling ahead. See you next year, Benidoleig, Adam and Alex!