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Giving up

That Garmin Vector ad had been haunting me for weeks on my FB front page (how did they know?). Yes, I had been following the power meters closely ever since a friend of mine purchased the Polar/Look pedals about a year a go. I’m generally pro measuring what really counts, and contra letting any sort of analyzing or testing get the upper hand of the exercise itself.

However, I understood that I live in a place with no mountains within a two hour flight, and not even a 10 minute uphill within a day’s car trip. So in order to be prepared for the mountains, Continue reading

November done

At least for us living in the dark North, November can be a cruelsome month. This time November took off by me being properly ill for the first week, which accumulated quite a bit of work for the coming weeks – thus no blogging for a while. Things didn’t get any easier as I sold my flat, and was preparing for a move. Summing it up, however, it wasn’t all that bad.

- I got the Garmin Vector power pedals. They’ve been mostly good. The low output numbers are frustrating, but [they keep me pedalling/give me incentive]. Who needs Sufferfest when one has power output and left/right balance on one’s computer, right?

-We paid a quick visit to the Costa Blanca region in Spain, which was amazing from a cycling point of view.

-Finally got past the 10k mark. That came with some 115.000 vertical meters.

-Managed to squeeze in 41 hours of training – a tie with January as the lowest training volume this year.

-The Oltre was delivered, and thanks to the lack of snow, I actually had a go on it before parking it for the winter.

Will get back to the Vector, and some other gear related topics once we get past the move.

Le Tour 2014

The route for the 2014 Tour de France was published today. As already announced earlier, the first three days will be pedaled on UK soil. And as expected, having visited L’Alpe d’Huez twice this year, the Tour will not visit the Iseran ski resort next year. The often frequented cols nearby – Galibier, Glandon or Madeleine won’t see the peloton either. Instead, on stage 14 the riders will go straight through the roundabout in Bourg d’Oisans and head through La Grave on to the Lautaret, and from there onwards to the Izoard, finishing at Risoul that day.
Other interesting stages will be stage 10 from Continue reading

Bike cases

As some of you may know, I had a very unfortunate incident with my beloved Colnago last summer. For years I have been using a hard case borrowed from a friend. With the past Haute Route project coming up, I thought it was to time invest in my own case. As I had previously done a little bit of flying with a bike, I was well aware of the problems resulting from having to take the steed in pieces (the more you disassemble it, the more likely something goes wrong).

So I did quite a bit Continue reading

On Cycling Shoes

Dear friends, I need your help. My well served Sidi Ergo2′s are wearing out. I’ve had them fixed one or two times, but now the fabric at the heels seems to be giving up. Or someone might say  “they’re only fixable by duct tape” – something I’m not too keen to see either on my bike or boat.

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When I acquired this pair in Continue reading

Training camp #1 done

Contrary to my fears we managed to keep the matches in the jersey pockets, for most of the time anyway, and there was plenty of good old boyish banter and the occasional Limoncello. We stayed in Pienza, which is a nice little town nestled between Montepulciano and Montalcino, and provides easy access to Monte Amiata.

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On the first day we headed, of course, for the 1700 meter Amiata. Unfortunately or not, for Continue reading

Training camp #1

Decision made, goal set, time to start training! I was looking forward to the latter part of this week as relaxing rides on rolling South Tuscan hills with good friends, excellent food and hmm..  local wines. But as it happens, 4 out of 12 of our jolly riders have already registered for the Haute Route, so I’m afraid it will be bent towards burning matches on Monte Amiata. We will be staying in Pienza, and plan to ride around the local hills and villages for the end of the week. If you have any suggestions on what not to miss, please do let me know. Will report on how it went later, now off to do some packing. Hopefully no need for wet weather gear.

On another note, She decided to do it too. The Haute Route, not the Brunello. The reasoning Continue reading