There were 2 certainties late last week...Ben would be out there doing his very best to get a great result in the Aus Mountain Bike Marathon Champs and in 3 weeks I'd in Europe.
A buckled wheel following a fall in the Marathon race yesterday scuttled Ben's chances
My travel plans hang in the balance 'cos of an ash cloud.
6 of our 32 riders in the group NOT coming from Aus or NZ, clearly La Bella Italia tour could not go ahead (or not as originally planned) if we're unable to get into Europe by 14th May and with Rome airport closed late yesterday I began thinking about plan B ...juuuuust in case. After all the longer the travel ban goes on, the longer the backlog clearing will take..so to my mind every day the airports are closed will take 2 to clear and my nominal travel day is but 19 days away (8th May).
The following is from Singapore airlines whose only European destination currently is Athens: "Updated: Singapore Airlines will extend the period of its waiver of cancellation and change fees for confirmed tickets to and from Europe. The waiver, which is valid for tickets issued up to and including 15 April 2010, will now be for travel up to and including 02 May 2010".
With this in mind I started looking at the race program for May... perhaps I should buy a UCI legal base bar for the TT bike since maybe I will be able to get a road TT or 2 in after all!