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Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in miscellaneous | 0 comments

Where are the hills?

Where are the hills?

So this winter I decided to test my new Ridley Fenix SL winter bike in a country where it could actually get cold in the winter, so I’m doing some cycling in The Netherlands. To help me acclimatize, the weather gods decided it was best to let me cycle in the warmest winter in history… #notcomplaining. So here are my first thoughts: 1. Where are the hills? 2. I thought I knew what a strong wind was, then I started cycling in Holland 3. My Fenix SL is a spectacular bike, really happy with my choice! 4. The Selle San Marco saddle is a much comfier saddle than the Cirrus pro saddle on my Helium SL 5. Where are the bloody hills? Here are some pics I took during the first few rides in The Netherlands: Cycling on dykes and passing a windmill, how Dutch do you want...

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in bikes, gear and gadgets, miscellaneous | 0 comments

A Polar Bottle traveling around the world… (caption contest update)

A Polar Bottle traveling around the world… (caption contest update)

On June 16 this year Tricia won the caption contest, so I sent her a Polar bottle, which 11 days later arrived safe and sound in Canada. I just found a @PolarBottle at my front door! All the way from #Sicily! Grazie @Don_Bici! pic.twitter.com/Pbc77fWvyx — Tricia Eggeling (@Trish_Eggeling) June 27, 2013 This summer Tricia went on a (cycling) holiday in France and took the Polar bottle with her. Here are some pics she just sent me: Thanks for the lovely pics, Tricia. It looks like you had a great holiday in France! I hope that Polar Bottle will travel some more and maybe finds it way back to Sicily, say somewhere around May 31 2014…;-) Looking forward to welcoming you on this lovely island. Cari saluti dalla bella Sicilia!...

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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 31, 2013 in cycling and bike pics, miscellaneous | 0 comments

Garibaldi and his “mille”, a ride to the Pianto Romano near Calatafimi

Garibaldi and his “mille”, a ride to the Pianto Romano near Calatafimi

I love riding my bike in the area near Segesta, but even though I’ve been there countless times, there are still some roads left to discover. So yesterday I decided to go in the direction of Segesta and explore a new route. I took the SS113 in the direction of Trapani and crossed the railroad close to the train station of Calatafimi – Segesta : and followed the road in the direction of Calatafimi. I passed Calatafimi and turned left on the SS188. This road (5.6% average with max. 10/11% gradients) leads through the hilly countryside with many vineyards to the small village of Vita. When in Vita, there are several options to go back in the direction of Calatafimi. I chose the SP61, which is a smaller country road (asphalted though). On the descent you can see the town of Calatafimi in the distance: The SP61 leads to the Pianto Romano, a hill where on May 15th 1860 a great battle between Garibaldi and his “mille” (Resistance Army)...

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