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Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in bikes, gear and gadgets, training | 2 comments

Teaser training video: cycling in Sicily, riding with Don Bici

Teaser training video: cycling in Sicily, riding with Don Bici

The RLV Sicily – Don Bici is now available! Buy it here. I’ve been tweeting about Jaap Wagenvoort gfe (GoPro filmmaker extraordinaire 🙂 ) and myself filming in Sicily for the upcoming (Tacx compatible) Real Life Videos. We are working on the following titles: Bike ride to the medieval town of Erice (*) The Bosco di Alcamo climb Riding with Don Bici (*) Shorter versions, to the temple of Segesta or the Garibaldi monument at Pianto Romano, will also be available. In the RLV “Riding with Don Bici” we’ll be taking you on a ride through the towns of Balestrate and Trappeto to the climb of Carini and the descent at Montelepre. After this warming up ride with me, I’ll leave you to finish the ride on your own. Expect a lovely climb to the Santuario di Romitello and the antenna on the top of the mountain (highest gradient 15%). The first part including the climb at Carini and the descent at Montelepre is a route I take most of...

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in bikes, gear and gadgets, miscellaneous | 10 comments

Caption contest: win a Polar Bottle!

Caption contest: win a Polar Bottle!

Riding your bike in Sicily means for most part of the year riding in hot, sunny weather. With the high temperatures water in your water bottles will be lukewarm in no time, but with a Polar Bottle you can keep your water cool for 3 to 4 hours! Here’s how: Fill your Polar Bottle up about 80% and put it in the freezer the night before you go on a bike ride. If the bike route is less than 50 kilometers, then you should take the bottle out of the freezer at least one hour before you leave, otherwise you can leave the Polar Bottle in the freezer until the moment you start your ride in the Sicilian hills and mountains. If you go on a bike ride with me or one of the other local guides, we will lend you a Polar Bottle so you can test it yourself for free. But you can also win one! How? Very simple: leave a funny caption for the following photo...

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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in bikes, gear and gadgets, cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

The most famous lawn in Sicily!

The most famous lawn in Sicily!

So you have decided to organize the Giro dello Scorpione, Sicily edition 2014 and you have a little bit of time on your hands. What would be a nice way to promote this upcoming cycling event? I took the lawnmower and a grass hand trimmer and went to the garden of the giro‘s base camp in Balestrate, Casita DeLuca and this what I came up with… Before: and after: It got picked up by Castelli Cycling and posted on Facebook, Instagram and on Tumblr. After circulating for several weeks on the internet I can now safely say that this is the most famous lawn in...

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

unboxing: Fast Forward F6R Powertap wheelset

unboxing: Fast Forward F6R Powertap wheelset

I order almost all of my bike stuff online: it’s convenient, I can find everything I want and most items arrive within a week. Then the exciting part: receiving a parcel, finding out it is the one you’ve been waiting for, opening it and then admiring the product you just bought (except for actually using it afterwards maybe..)! Yes, unboxing is clearly one of my favorite activities. This time I ordered a Fast Forward hand built wheelset with Powertap hub. Now that I’m training with the help of a cycling coach, I really want to be able to measure the power output. The parcel arrived, so let’s start unboxing! “What, no pictures of the wheels on your bike?” Nope, unfortunately I’m still waiting for the Powertap 11 speed freehub, so I can mount my Dura Ace cassette. So that’s it for now, to be...

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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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