Welcome To San Sebastian Week!

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Welcome humans to the first installment of my favorite race of the year! The Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian!  Its mid-summer, the sun is out and warm and the weather for Saturday's big race is partly cloudy with only a small chance of rain. Quite unlike last year's rain-fest, you must agree! Hopefully we'll get some stunning pictures atop the Jaizkibel this year.

I won't be going into too many details in this post as such details as the official startlist needs to be sorted out: there are usually a few late cancellations and replacements after the Tour de France so we will get to that on Friday. But what we can do today is look at the course, which has one BIG change to it. Instead of one decisive trip up the two decisive climbs of the world famous Alto de Jaizkibel and the lesser Alto Arkale, we get TWO. See the profile below: those 1st and 2nd Cat climbs that are repeated near the end are those two famous climbs:

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What doubling those climbs means is that the odds that a sprinter-y type rider like 2007's Xavier Florencio Cabre winning this year's race is pretty damn low. (BTW-sure is getting cloudy out now! Maybe we'll have a sudden thundershower at the race because it sure seems like some bad weather is moving in now! Funny thing though: normally we bivalves don't hear thunder underwater. Hmm.)

Also, doubling these clims this will lessen the chances for a large group arriving at the finish together, 15 km after the crest of the Arkale. Basically all this makes

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Huh...we...seem to be having...trouble connecting....here. This is Ursula, and we seem to have lost Txirla. San Sebastian! Calling San Sebastian! Ed Morrow, are you there? Txirla! We seem to have lost you!

I'm not sure why that transmission from Txirla cut off like that. It's never happened before as it normally has no troubling reaching me to talk at length about the wonderful world of Basque cycling. I'm trying to reach it (I never have asked weather it is a he or she) but so far...wait, I think I got...no, no: still nothing.

Bah. Well, I'll just go and post this (we get to see the course changes at least!) and try to re-establish communication later today because humans all over the world want its take on what's gonna happen Saturday. Even humans in, to pick perfectly RANDOM  places like SEATTLE or STOCKHOLM.  Ha ha! I'm sure it's nothing. Be back soon as I can.

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