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Up north you can still freeze to your frame in 0-30 secs so a trip to Belgium where it’s 9Cs sounds almost tropical. Certain of my compatriots are celebrating the sublime state of democracy of the nation (at least us Belgians hold some kind of world record), others are starting to focus on what really… Continue reading de Polders

Friday Video: Watercarriers

Watercarriers – back in the days they carried real bottles Somehow you always think that modern cycling started in the Merckx era, professional teams, equipment, diets and all other elements enhancing heroic achievements. During the 1973 Giro d’Italia Jorgen Leth made a beautiful documentary on the main stars of the race and, even more interesting,… Continue reading Friday Video: Watercarriers

cyclocross season: national titles at stake

One of the better excuses for not being out there in the cold on Sunday afternoons (and grab a beer from the fridge at 4 pm) is this years cyclocross season. So far we have seen the top riders battle it out on several occasions with only seconds difference, or even better, a sprint all… Continue reading cyclocross season: national titles at stake

2011 plans – don’t call it a draft!

You have to give one thing to the otherwise utterly annoying Christmas period: it provides you with time to make bike plans for the new year. Before we even got to sit at the bar, have beers and start pondering about when and where to go Fili, one of the teamskelle bikers, came up with… Continue reading 2011 plans – don’t call it a draft!

Christmas Belgian style: Mountain biking in Houffalize

I don’t particularly like Christmas – just to make it clear. However, you can make it a little nicer on yourself by, let’s say, keeping biking in mind while planning the Christmas weekend. I’m spending 10 days in Belgium where the weather is not really sunny – an understatement for -2C and 15 cm of… Continue reading Christmas Belgian style: Mountain biking in Houffalize

Montes de Málaga – The Ride Part 2 of 2

Oh the frustration of a biker: a perfectly fine inner tube but no pump to inflate it with. But hey, this is Spain, one of the 3 countries hosting a Tour every year and etc. The prologue (not time-trial) can be found here. Passerby #1, a 35 year old guy walking around with his girlfriend,… Continue reading Montes de Málaga – The Ride Part 2 of 2

Montes de Málaga – The Ride Part 1 of 2

So after 5 days of bike rental hunting (see my previous post) my quest came to an end and I experienced the saddle feeling again. 5 kilometers east of Malaga, after a nice morning walk next to the Mediterranean, I was welcomed at the Recyclo Bike Shop by one of the owners and a true… Continue reading Montes de Málaga – The Ride Part 1 of 2

Andalucia and the quest for a rental bike

It’s minus 12C in Helsinki and you’re boarding a flight to Sevilla with the essential riding kit in your bag and a grin on your face. Nice. Spain hosts one of the 3 Grand cycling tours every year and is a country full of biking culture. Visits to Granada, Sevilla and Malaga, the last two… Continue reading Andalucia and the quest for a rental bike