On Saturday, pros will ride the first Monument of the year, Milan-San Remo. The race is known for its considerable length. The distance varies from year to year, but it’s always around the 300 km mark. Riders usually take anywhere from six and a half to seven hours. That’s a long day in the saddle. Although there will be breakways and breakaway attempts, it usually comes down to the Poggio–either the ascent or the descent. Or, as is often the case, a sprint in a reduced pack. Since that’s a whole lotta bike racing to watch, why not make the most of it while you have it playing in the background? Here’s a selection of things you can do. Mix and match a few of them and the time will fly.
1. Change your winter tires
Spring is around the corner–I mean, the race is called La Primavera, so why not use part of the race to change into your summer tires? Depending on your skill level, jack and surface, (and wherever you store your tires) it’s probably going to take you an hour or two. So if you get going when the race starts, you’ll only be 80 km in when you’re finished.
2. Do your taxes
Depending on how complicated your situation is, this could take you an hour…or the whole day. But still, good to get it done. Besides, knowing the way the race traditionally goes, it might just come down to the last ten minutes anyway.
3. Watch 77 per cent of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Why not hang out with Frodo Baggins again? The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is 178 minutes long, or 2 hours and 58 minutes. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is 179 minutes long, or 2 hours and 59 minutes.
Finally, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a hefty 200 minutes long, or 3 hours 20 minutes. That’s 557 minutes hobbitses. Put the race on your ipad and flip on your TV for some quality Tolkien time.
4. Clean out your fridge
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, amirite? It usually takes around 45 minutes to clean the entire fridge.Now, if you’ve got some sticky stains or pickle spills, you might need more. Either way, you’ll be happy to get the sparkle back in your icebox.
5. Wax your chain
If you’re all set and ready to go, you might just get it done before the arrival in San Remo.
Chain waxing 101: extend the life of your components by dipping links into a hot melt
6. Read the Symmetrics comic 42 times
Depending on how fast you read, reading a 24 page comic book can be anywhere from five to ten minutes. Why not…
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