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October 2014: cycling in sunny Sicily!

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

Like in October last year, we still have great cycling weather in sunny Sicily: in the last few days the temperatures hovered between 28° and 30°C! So no winter bike or ls jerseys for me, but summer kit and Polar Bottles with cold water and SIS hydro/electrolyte. Here are some pics I took on a bike ride to Balata di Baida, a small town near Scopello and Castellammare del Golfo: The weather forecast looks very promising, so if you’re tired of cold and nasty weather, why not come to Sicily for a few days of cycling in the sun! Arrivederci in Sicilia 😀 Don PS Not able to come...

Thank you Ridley!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

After a long tourist season I finally have some time to write on my blog and properly thank Ridley Bikes. Why thank this bike manufacturer from Belgium you might ask? Well, here’s why: My first road bike was as Ridley Excalibur, a really nice carbon bike with Ultegra groupset. I bough a size L but after many kilometers on the bike and a bike fit I came to the conclusion that a size M would be better for me. So what should I do, just buy a new frame and use the hardware from the current bike or buy a new bike? I quickly concluded that a new bike...

Tacx Real life videos Sicily

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

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...

A bike ride to the Bosco d’Alcamo in October 2013

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

A few days ago I did a bike ride to the Bosco d’Alcamo, a nature reserve on Monte Bonifato near the town of Alcamo, 750 meters above sea level. It was a lovely, sunny day (around 26°C) with only a few clouds in the sky. First I rode to the town of Alcamo and then followed the signs for the Bosco d’Alcamo. It’s a few kilometers to the top with an average gradient of around 7.5%. And with every hairpin, the view is getting better and better! Monte Bonifato is not that far from one of the other mountains in the area, Monte Inici, where I took lots of...

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