ON TOUR: The lone Australian riding the Arctic Race of Norway 2019 was Brisbane-born Nathan Haas, 30, who came 48th.
ON TOUR: The lone Australian riding the Arctic Race of Norway 2019 was Brisbane-born Nathan Haas, 30, who came 48th. Supplied

Cold mornings, hot cycling

BRILIANT weather for cycling but gosh, the mornings can be a bit crisp.

Last Saturday I did a nice little ride before heading into the blood bank in Lismore to give some of my A-positive red stuff.

It looked so blue and sunny outside and when I was out earlier feeding the feather riot, it felt quite pleasant.

So I forwent the leg warmers and headed off up Wyrallah Rd.

Goodness. Suddenly all the people walking their dogs wrapped in multiple layers of wool and fleece - the owners, not the pooches - made sense.

By the time I'd finished my ride and was in the blood bank I had warmed up but it was a near thing.

But looking at the temperatures back in southwest Victoria - rain and 15 degrees - I reminded myself that a little chill when you end up riding in short sleeves is a fair price to pay for living somewhere so warm in winter.

Tour of Norway

In between the Tour de France and Vuelta a España is the lesser-known Arctic Race of Norway.

This delightful four-stage race ran from August 15-18.

While it does not have the gravitas of the TDF, it more than makes up for this with amazing scenery, gruelling roads and passionate fans.

Brisbane-born Nathan Haas, 30 (Team Katusha Alpecin), came in at 48th, some 24:42 behind Kazakhstan winner Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team).

It was a brilliant finish, as while Norwegian Markus Hoelgaard claimed the final stage, Lutsenko - who came third by a whisker - took the top spot on the podium.

Frenchman Warren Bargul slid into second place.

On Saturday the Vuelta a España starts and I'm already practising my tapas to keep me energetic and awake on the bike trainer.

Follow my fellow cycling tragics on Twitter at #couchpeloton.


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