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Cape Epic Reminiscence

No Comments 26 March 2011

Tomorrow it’s prologue time at the Cape Epic 2011 in Cape Town. The best mtb marathon riders in the world will be battling it out once more in teams of 2 over 8 stages and 770kms. 4 years ago I stood there myself. At the time the start was in Knysna, a beautiful bay town […]

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de Polders

1 Comment 26 February 2011

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 […]

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Friday Video: Watercarriers

1 Comment 25 February 2011

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, […]

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Winter de-motivation

2 Comments 22 January 2011

Snow, melt, more snow, slush, more melt, frost, more snow, rain, frost, more snow. In exactly that order. We don’t wanna go down as the biggest bike winers ever but with a weather like this… our bikes just refuse to be taken out! 10 cms of snow and a solid -5C is what we need […]

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cyclocross season: national titles at stake

1 Comment 04 January 2011

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 […]

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2011 plans – don’t call it a draft!

2 Comments 03 January 2011

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 […]

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Christmas Belgian style: Mountain biking in Houffalize

5 Comments 23 December 2010

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 […]

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Montes de Málaga – The Ride Part 2 of 2

1 Comment 14 December 2010

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, […]

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Montes de Málaga – The Ride Part 1 of 2

No Comments 13 December 2010

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 […]

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Andalucia and the quest for a rental bike

2 Comments 11 December 2010

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 […]

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Coming Thru (or Coming Through - as that URL was taken) is a daily updated bike magazine - a collection of writings and links that relate to biking in its every form. The idea started from when Maarten met Markus decided to finally start collecting the things we like about bikes and talk about our everyday adventures in dodging moving objects at high speeds.The site is run by a collage of cyclists, most notably by Canadian Johanna MacDonald, Belgian Maarten Patteeuw and Finnish Markus Sandelin.

It all started in the spring of 2010, after a record breaking snowy winter when Markus bought a house 25 kilometers from the office and decided to handle the commuting with a bicycle. It turned out the bike wasn’t up to standards for that kind of stress and the first weeks were more tragicomic than glorious. Thus the idea began to brew to actually document this journey.

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