What-a Mistake-a to Make-a

Photo: The natural beauty of the Forlo Gorge

As we bombed along the Flaminia I just couldn’t get it out of my head.

“What-a mistake-a to make-a”

This was exactly how I was feeling, but where had I heard this? It wasn’t until the end of the ride that I looked it up. Captain Alberto Bertorelli from ‘Allo ‘Allo!

Today was the first Saturday since Marche returned to the Yellow Zone of Covid restrictions. We can now ride in small groups, keeping distance and masks at the café stops.

The “Squadra Corsa” don’t actually race but it’s the nickname of the faster members of the club. At this time of year they usually depart at 08:30 with the rest of us at 09:00. They fooled me today by posting a ride starting at 09:00.

My average speed for the first 61km was 29.1km/h. It was no surprise that I achieved four PRs along the Via Flaminia. Even after the main climb of the ride and 101km my average was still 28km/h. Way too fast for old randonneur like me. I really don’t need to ride that fast.

I’ll remember to listen to Captain Bertorelli in future.


  • My dad uses this phrase and I didn’t know where it came from – thanks for enlightening me. What a shame you don’t record heart rate to see how much harder the first 61km was, and how you recovered on the last 40-50km. But here’s another saying, no pain no gain. Getting into the red will make you stronger, and I’m not talking about red wine. Great ride today Colin!


    • Thanks Mike. I do use a heart monitor, but it didn’t work today despite a new battery a week or two ago. Would you believe it, it started working as I was uploading to Strava!


    • Just in case, I tried another fresh battery for today’s ride. Still no joy. Time to get another monitor I think.


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