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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 Aug 11, 2016 in training | 0 comments

Cycling is fun (again)!

Cycling is fun (again)!

For a while, cycling hadn’t been that much fun. After the accident it took several months to get back on the bike and with a lot of the power gone, it felt like I had to start from scratch. Training wasn’t much fun and neither were core workouts due to pain in my neck, arms and collar bone, that just didn’t seem to go away. I wanted to be back at the level I was before the crash, but progress wasn’t going fast enough and neither was I (so I thought). I was extremely focused on riding fast, but I forgot all about the most important thing: cycling should be fun! Riding in the sun, enjoying the scenery and spending time with friends. So Marco and Hannah came to Sicily at the right time! Every year they visit the island and every time we try and squeeze in a few rides. At the same time I started riding with Cai Mano, a strong rider from Partinico, and I noticed...

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

Tacx Real life videos Sicily

Tacx Real life videos Sicily

In June Jaap Wagenvoort gfe (GoPro filmmaker extraordinaire 🙂 ) and myself have been filming in Sicily for three (Tacx compatible) Real Life Videos. I’ve already posted the trailers, but now I can present you the finished videos! Video 1: Sicily – Erice This RLV brings you to the archeologic park of Segesta, to the Garibaldi monument (Pianto Romano) and through a hilly landscape to the town of Valderice where the climb towards the Medieval town of Erice  (750 meters above sea level) starts. The Erice RLV includes 4 serious climbs totaling over 1.500m vertical ascent, but the maximum grade is ‘just’ 9%, so very trainer-friendly! Erice guarantees at least 2,5h of pure indoor training fun and you get to learn the beauty of Sicily along the way! The trailer: Order here Video 2: Sicily – Bosco d’Alcamo This Bosco d’Alcamo RLV is 18,6km long. It includes a nice warm-up in the valley near the town of Alcamo, a tough climb towards the Bosco d’Alcamo and a nice cooling down....

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in bikes, gear and gadgets, training | 1 comment

Tacx Real life video Sicily – trailer 2: Bosco di Alcamo

Tacx Real life video Sicily – trailer 2: Bosco di Alcamo

The RLV Sicily – Bosco di Alcamo is now available! Buy it here. in June this year Jaap Wagenvoort and I have been filming for several days in Sicily. The material will be used for three training videos that you can use on a Tacx trainer: • Bike ride to the medieval town of Erice (click to watch the trailer) • The Bosco di Alcamo climb • Riding with Don Bici Today the second trailer is released: Bosco di alcamo. A ride through the countryside and the town of Alcamo to the Bosco di Alcamo, a nature reserve 750 meters above sea level on Monte Bonifato. The climb of this trainig video is also included in next year’s Giro dello Scorpione 2014. So check it out and see what you can expect in sunny Sicily!...

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

Tacx Real life video Sicily – trailer 1: Erice

Tacx Real life video Sicily – trailer 1: Erice

The RLV Sicily – Erice is now available! Buy it here. On June 10 I posted a teaser for the upcoming RLV training videos. Jaap Wagenvoort and I have been filming for several days in Sicily for three RLV’s that can be used on a Tacx trainer: • Bike ride to the medieval town of Erice • The Bosco di Alcamo climb • Riding with Don Bici Today I proudly present you the first trailer: Erice. A ride from the town of Alcamo to the temple of Segesta, the Garibaldi monument at Pianto Roman and the Medieval town of Erice, 750 meters above sea level on Monte Erice. Join us in Sicily for the Giro dello Scorpione 2014 for several bike rides in this lovely part of Sicily!...

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in training | 0 comments

Working with a coach

Working with a coach

A few years ago I bought my first road bike and I was hooked from the start! For me cycling is an excellent stress reliever and it allows me to really enjoy this lovely island. I’m sure I’ll never get enough of the hilly landscape with olive groves and vineyards, the spectacular sea views and rocky mountains that surround the golf area. I used to just go out and ride my bike for as many kilometers as my work schedule would allow, so in a short time I rode thousands of kilometers in the area between Palermo and Trapani. While riding many kilometers initially made me a stronger cyclist, I noticed that after a while I didn’t see much improvement  anymore. That’s when I started to think about actually training instead of just cycling. A lot of coaches and cycling websites offer cycling plans to help you train, but I prefer being able to contact someone and to get feedback on the training data so I started looking for...

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