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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

On my favorite climb, near Carini (PA)

On my favorite climb, near Carini (PA)

The climb near the town of Carini (PA) is one of my favorites: not because of the level of difficulty (it’s mostly 5 – 7%), but because of the route itself: you start near the town, ride to the castle in the “centro storico” of Carini and then follow for Montelepre. During the climb you have some great views of the town and the sea. This is a ride a do a lot as a cycling guide (see route L5 on the on-Sicily website), because halfway on the descent you’ll have the choice to either turn right and go home (following the route) or go straight ahead and do another climb (see route L6 on the on-Sicily website). Then near Ponte di Sagana (PA) you can either go back or go left and follow route...

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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

Bike ride to Piana degli Albanesi

Bike ride to Piana degli Albanesi

Since the end of 2012 I’m taking lots of pictures during bike rides, but I have been working on this blog for only a few days now. So I have some catching up to do! This photo was taken on a bike ride from Balestrate to Piana deglia Albanesi (wiki / google maps). It’s a nice ride with a not so steep climb (max around 7%) starting near Lago Poma and through the town of San Giuseppe Jato. Before arriving at the town of Piana deglia Albanesi you’ll pass the monument at Portella della Ginestra (google maps). On May 1, 1947, 11 people were killed and 27 wounded during May Day celebrations. Although the bandit Salvatore Giuliano was held responsible, many believe he was set up. If you want to know more about this tragic event, read...

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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

My quest to find Castelli free aero race gloves

My quest to find Castelli free aero race gloves

A few years ago Castelli made some excellent gloves, the Aero race gloves. Besides the team version, they came in black a and white and black and red. The black and red gloves could be combined with a black and jersey and the team version of the Free Aero Race bibshort. When used almost every day they had to be replaced every now and then, so every year I bought a few new pairs. Then all of a sudden the gloves were out of stock in every online store I usually ordered from! I found out that my favorite gloves were replaced by a Free Aero Race glove with a completely different print (here it is). The horror! 🙂  I really wanted “my gloves” so I decided to do an online search. How hard could it be? Well, as it turned out, very hard! They either only had the black and white gloves or when they had a few left, they were the wrong size. I then turned to...

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