The pink carpet, fuchsia throne and thankfully, the strawberry ice cream full racing kit are all packed away. The 97th Giro d’Italia is over.
Quite a few survival guides exist that provide tips on how to cope with three weeks of sleep torture. But not many tell us how to manage the post Giro come down. Let me give it a crack.
Give in to the sleep urge:
You wake up on the couch and The Voice or New Worlds (SBS advertising during the Giro does work!) hasn’t finished? Keep sleeping baby! Lying down in front of the TV feeling blue is your friend right now.
Drink coffee out of enjoyment:
Coffee is now restored to its pre Giro status. It is no longer something you take just to stay alive. Kinda like when your Mum forced cod liver oil down your throat to avoid colds.
Shout “forza” to cyclists you pass/pass you
I tried this on Saturday while out for a morning walk. He had no idea what was happening – a hefty girl in the after 6am dark saying an Italian word on a semi-rural, sub-urban roadside. The Giro hadn’t finished but it was still loads of fun. Get a real rush, give them a push.
Whether it’s in a bunch or on your own, only speak/think Italian cycling words. For example, it is not a bus stop where you’ll meet your mates or your garage you’ll roll out from, but “grande partenza”. When you drag race the kid on the bike path with the training wheels and break away, shout “scattare in faccia.” Check this post out and go nuts!
Totally jump on the altitude native bandwagon and beef up on Colombian cycling and its history. This excellent blog will help.
Look at Giro photo galleries
Like this excellent one. You spot a few shots of action you can’t recall. “Oh yes, that was the stage I fell asleep with about 8kms to go and woke up to Ryder Hesjedal crossing the line and missed Quintana winning.”
Write comments on the SBS Cycling Central Facebook page
Troll people who annoy you. You know the ones: they ask questions like “why didn’t Michael Matthews win the Giro/not hold on to the pink jumper longer?” Respond with something like “because….doping.” Better yet, comment on an Anthony Tan piece AGREEING with him.
If all that fails, get your popcorn ready for the Froome/Wiggins soap opera. Oh, Madone!