Tag Archives: Cycling

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

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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

Haute Route 2014

It all started in an unlikely setting. I was having this quiet little drink and some bite at sort of an exclusive club with a prominent private equity CEO, when he, with a sound of strong commitment, said “yes, I’ll do it”. No, it wasn’t a deal we were discussing.

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Previously that day I had registered and paid to do the Haute Route Dolomites and Swiss Alps – a cyclosportive we know very little about.  A month earlier I had finished the Haute Route Alps, a sportive covering some 800 km’s and 20 km vertical across the French alps. I’ll tell you a detailed story about that later maybe, but to put really brief, it was just an amazing experience. Some may not think of a week cycling uphill as the ultimate vacation, but that’s what it was for me. And I want to do it again. To ride the Haute Route Continue reading