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Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in training | 0 comments

Working with a coach again

Working with a coach again

Several years ago I trained with a coach and wrote several posts about it on this blog. In that period I made quite the progress and I found working with a coach much fun. Last winter I didn’t train much after the crash and it took me quite some time to come close to pre-crash level again. Now I want to train and feel it is time to work with a coach again. So, I’m stoked that my buddy and professional cycling coach, Marco Hintz, has an opening in his busy schedule and that he wants to coach me! Marco lives in Colorado and loves sports: he swims, he runs, he cycles and he’s all about custom coaching. He also helped me get out of a rut and made cycling fun again. I’ll be sharing my training experience on this blog, so you can decide whether working with a coach (like Marco) is something for you. See you soon!...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

Monte Palmeto, the descent

Monte Palmeto, the descent

In my previous post, MTB ride to the top of Monte Palmeto, I wrote about the climb and I’ve posted links to routes on Strava. In this blog post I’ll show you what kind of landscape and views you can expect on the descent. The descent from the top of Monte Palmeto is pretty fast, with not too many sharp turns. And if you like speed, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the last stretch, which is particularly fast. I’ll end this post with a video my buddy “Caimano made” during his KOM downhill ride. He’s going crazy fast! But first the pictures… Photos: (Click images to view larger versions) The first kilometer is the slowest stretch of the descent and you’ll actually have to pedal a lot to keep your speed high. This is where you’ll pick up speed. Downhill 4K video: My buddy Caimano mounted a GoPro on his handlebars and did the fastest Strava downhill so far. NB Don’t try this at home…try it on Monte Palmeto (but be...

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in bike routes, cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

MTB ride to the top of Monte Palmeto

MTB ride to the top of Monte Palmeto

The bike routes I made for on-sicily.com are all meant for road bikes. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t beautiful routes for mountain bikes in the area. On the contrary! Climbing the mountains in the area on your MTB will give you spectacular views in beautiful areas of this sunny island. The first route I’ll mention on this blog, is the climb to the top of Monte Palmeto. This is the large mountain that you see when you drive from the gulf area via the A29 to Palermo. This rocky mountain is located close to Eurobici, where I can organize bike rental for you. The climb is not that long, so if you only have a few hours to spare, this route would be excellent. The climb: If you start counting from the main road, the climb is around 9 km long. The climb on the mountain itself is 6.6 km long and has an average grade of 6%. In the first few kilometers there are a few steeper...

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

There, I fixed it!

There, I fixed it!

If you, like myself, don’t have magnet-less sensors, you probably use a wheel magnet and a cadence magnet for your Garmin bike computer. And if you have more than one bike, you probably bought one or two Garmin GSC10 set(s), consisting of a wheel magnet, a cadence magnet and three black zip ties. Nice, but why there are no Garmin sets with just a couple of wheel magnets? I never had to replace a cadence magnet, while I had to replace many wheel magnets. I believe I have 6 or 7 cadence magnets lying around and I probably won’t ever need them. Maybe it’s me, but I think those wheel magnets are just too damn fragile! And clearly, I’m not talking about the magnet itself, but the black u-shaped part, that goes around your spoke. The first ones I had, were made from some kind of bendy metal, so as soon as the magnet hit something (like the cadence sensor), that black part would bend and I’d either lose...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in bike routes, cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

Climbing to Piano Margi

Climbing to Piano Margi

If you like climbing in excellent weather, then cycling in Sicily will be a blast! There are many nice climbs in my area, both for road bikes and for mountain bikes. The climb to Piano Margi is one of those climbs. The first part can be done on a road bike and an MTB, but if you’d like to go all the way to the top you’ll have to do the climb on a mountain bike (like we did here). The climb starts in the small town of Cinisi, pretty close to the airport of Palermo. The climb: The climb is over 8 km long and when you’ve reached the top, you’ll have climbed 540 meters. The average grade is more than 6%, but you will encounter a few short steep parts up to around 15%. If you’re as strong as Giovanni Visconti, it will take you 24.5 minutes to reach Piano Margi. Many of us aren’t, so Strava times range from 25:17 to 1:18:13… Strava route: I created...

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