Often heard when a rider has done something completely unexpected. Often uttered in that 10 minute press frenzy just after the podium adulation, when the adrenaline and heart rate are, well, super. Personally this is not something I have ever experienced in nearly 30 years of riding and racing. Well, maybe once, when descending the Galibier at over 40mph, pretty much everything had super sensations. I have tried really hard to put myself mentally in a position where I would feel Super Sensations. I am in the pack, sucking wheels and saving matches, when I think, “you know what, I am having Super Sensations down there today, I’m off”. This poses a couple of questions. How do I know that the Super Sensations are just that? Or do you only realize Super Sensations after the fact? – “oh yeah, that must have been super sensations!”. Also, what happens the rest of the time? You might only get Super Sensations once a season, so what if you miss them, and think that it was just your Powerbar kicking in, and we know that doesn’t last.
So whenever Pierrick Fédrigo takes a stage at Criterium International against some seriously good riders, he is definitely having “Super Sensations” as he commented on after winning. Because before that race he had not really been doing a lot, and in his own words ““I’ve had really bad sensations since Paris-Nice”. Alas, the search continues for the illusive Super Sensations and the hope that I find them whilst I am on the actual bike, and not sitting at the coffee shop thinking “There I am a waiting for Super Sensation, and three come along once”