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Vuelta A Espana 2016 the MN Peloton contemplates another glass of Rioja to go with the tapas

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FelicityLemon Wed 17-Aug-16 19:54:32

Despite the Olympics still in full swing it is time to turn our attention to the Vuelta.

www.lavuelta.com/la-vuelta/2016/us/parcours-general.html

The stages

1 Team time trialSaturday, August 20thOurense, Laias Health Resort / P. N. Castrelo de Miño27.8 km

2 FlatSunday, August 21stOurense Thermal Capital / Baiona160.8 km

3 HillyMonday, August 22ndMarín / Dumbría. Ezaro Viewpoint176.4 km

4 HillyTuesday, August 23rdBetanzos / San Andrés de Teixido163.5 km

5 FlatWednesday, August 24thViveiro / Lugo171.3 km

6 HillyThursday, August 25thMonforte de Lemos / Luintra. Ribeira Sacra163.2 km

7 HillyFriday, August 26thMaceda / Puebla de Sanabria 158.5 km

8 FlatSaturday, August 27thVillalpando / La Camperona. Valle de Sabero181.5 km

9 HillySunday, August 28thCistierna / Oviedo. Alto del Naranco164.5 km

10 MountainMonday, August 29thLugones / Lagos de Covadonga188.7 km

-Rest dayTuesday, August 30thOviedo / Oviedo

11 FlatWednesday, August 31stColunga. Jurassic Museum / Peña Cabarga168.6 km

12 HillyThursday, September 1stLos Corrales de Buelna / Bilbao193.2 km

13 HillyFriday, September 2ndBilbao / Urdax-Dantxarinea213.4 km

14 MountainSaturday, September 3rdUrdax-Dantxarinea / Aubisque - Gourette196 km

15 MountainSunday, September 4thSabiñánigo / Sallent de Gállego. Aramón Formigal118.5 km

16 FlatMonday, September 5thAlcañiz / Peñíscola156.4 km

-Rest dayTuesday, September 6thCastellón / Castellón

17 MountainWednesday, September 7thCastellón / Llucena. Camins del Penyagolosa177.5 km

18 FlatThursday, September 8thRequena / Gandía200.6 km

19 Individual time trialFriday, September 9thXàbia / Calp37 km

20 MountainSaturday, September 10thBenidorm / Alto de Aitana. Air Force Squadron193.2 km

21 FlatSunday, September 11thLas Rozas / Madrid104.8 km

Apparently it is going to be a tough one: Too brutal for sprinters: Teams prepare their climbers for mountainous Vuelta a España
Read more at www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/#iLVQdFMS6pFLb4wQ.99

lljkk Wed 17-Aug-16 20:03:07

Froome & rest of sky team have been announced to ride it.

FelicityLemon Wed 17-Aug-16 20:09:31

Just seen Mikel Landa is out due to an injury so alreday my Velogames team needs to change

FelicityLemon Thu 18-Aug-16 18:03:23

Team presentation on Eurosport tonight at 6.30

WheelofPan Fri 19-Aug-16 16:11:24

Are we all a qui?

WheelofPan Fri 19-Aug-16 16:17:42

Thanks Felicity for the doings! Been off the pace for a few days meself.

The course looks pretty brutal, doesn't it? Not had time to look at the gossips.

And I've recruited another velogames rider. Name will be something like 'slutcycles' or some such. My team was chosen in about 5 mins! So will be competing with ShutUpLegs for the median position in the peloton...

bike

WheelofPan Fri 19-Aug-16 16:18:33

and of course DA has A LOT to live up to!!

MrSlant Fri 19-Aug-16 22:13:56

<slides in>. What time does my team have to be sorted by? Tiny bit tipsy tonight but I could muddle one together if required.

MrSlant Fri 19-Aug-16 22:20:02

Right, I've made a team. If it's terrible my excuse is I made it whilst a bit drunk after a very long day. If I do well it's all down to my sporting genius ok?

FelicityLemon Fri 19-Aug-16 22:59:03

MrSlant The deadline for entries to be submitted is 18:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time) on Saturday 20th August 2016. What time that actually is I have no idea. But I'd guess no later that 3 or 4pm for safety

DramaAlpaca Sat 20-Aug-16 00:00:19

and of course DA has A LOT to live up to!!

I do, don't I? grin. Don't worry guys, I shouldn't think lightning will strike twice, I couldn't get that lucky! I did the same scribbling on a sheet of paper method I used last time as it seemed to work, but I'm not holding my breath.

I've got a team going, but like Felicity had to do a quick adjustment & replace Landa.

I'm away from home this weekend, actually in the UK for once, enjoying being home, but have family stuff on so won't see much until I get back.

FelicityLemon Sat 20-Aug-16 11:23:26

Have to say that having taken out Landa I then had to reorganise the rest to fit in with the points requirement. I'm not seeing this team doing any better that my Tdf team but let's see 😀

MrSlant Sat 20-Aug-16 11:42:45

I'm struggling with my need to make the points work in a logical manner (didn't work for me last time!) or just go out and buy the best and have a load of people I can't even spell as the rest of the team. Risky if a 'name' falls off and breaks a collar bone grin.

Can't wait for the TTT, I do love them just for how they all look racing along together. Wonder who will play the tactical 'do well without going all out and not lose too much time' to save legs for the scary hard race ahead and who will want the glory?

MrSlant Sat 20-Aug-16 11:47:14

I give in, there is no way of having Contador/Froome/Chaves AND Quintana in one team grin.

FelicityLemon Sat 20-Aug-16 11:54:47

No MrSlant there isn't , even if the rest of the team is made up of domestiques from Caja Rural. Some tough choices need to be made 😀🚵

WheelofPan Sat 20-Aug-16 12:43:51

Love the way we are all 'doing a DA' - "just can't get my head round these points, not had time to do mine properly, oh I need to change a rider, oh it's all over the place..." meanwhile we are carefully plotting to top GC by any means fair or foul.....I'd like to think grin

And an apology extended to any domestiques from Caja Rural.grin

MrSlant Sat 20-Aug-16 18:54:41

That moment when you look at everyone else's teams and realise you are finishing at the bottom of the table.

MrSlant Sat 20-Aug-16 22:43:17

Well bloody hell, would someone else go and check the velo games standings please.

<struggles into too tight red jersey by herself>

DramaAlpaca Sat 20-Aug-16 23:34:56

<helps MrS into jersey>

Just joined the league. Good luck everyone bike

FelicityLemon Sun 21-Aug-16 08:31:11

Don't think so MrS I see I managed to rearrange my team within the points allowed but forgot to include a Sky rider, so I expect I shall be bottom.

MrSlant Sun 21-Aug-16 10:29:21

<panic checks Drama hasn't gone above her in the league>

Felicity somehow you have Contador, Chaves and Quintana. I think you might be the one to watch!

MrSlant Sun 21-Aug-16 16:36:06

Anyone watching Sagan? It's awesome!

WheelofPan Sun 21-Aug-16 16:43:21

just back from an Olympic run and sat here dripping whilst watching Sagan. It is madness. A work friend of mine has just taken up mtbing. He's old enough to know better. Just waiting for the first riding-related absence...

MrSlant Sun 21-Aug-16 16:55:47

It's insane, such hard work and chaos and queues and rocks and occasional picking up the bike and running (maybe one for Froome another year grin).

MrSlant Sun 21-Aug-16 16:57:17

Ex-h and his mates used to go on a MTbing holiday together every year until the year after they turned 40 and suddenly everyone started losing their sense of humour when they fell off. They go walking now grin.

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