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

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

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! — 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,...

Tacx Real life video Sicily – trailer 1: Erice

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

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...

Working with a coach

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

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,...

Bikes and Lemons, an MTB ride to Piano Margi

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in cycling and bike pics, cycling guide | 2 comments

Since a few weeks we are collaborating with the Palermo based Bikes and Lemons, who can organize mountain bike trips with English speaking guides in the area. The owner of Bikes and Lemons, Alessandro Ferrara, wanted to check out the mountain roads near the town of Cinisi, and asked me whether I wanted to come along. I already did the climb on my road bike (see Exploring the Cinisi climb), but never did it on my Cannondale F4 and never explored the area at the end of the climb, so it was an obvious “yes” for me. We decided to meet in the town of Cinisi and start the climb...

Houston, we have a problem – Stories from a cycling guide

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in cycling guide | 4 comments

A few weeks ago I was contacted by an English tourist called Dominic, who wanted to rent a road bike for him and his 13 year old son, Eddie. They also wanted to do a ride with a guide, so I arranged the bike rental and we made an appointment for the bike ride. Dominic wanted to do around 50 km and maximum 500 meters ascent and he told me his son had no problems climbing 7% grades. Last Sunday I met up with Aronne, the 14 year old son of Giuseppe from the bike shop and we rode to the train station in Castellammare del Golfo where Dominic...

Cleaning my bike chain with the Muc-off X-1 chain cleaner

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

I have used several types of chain cleaners and most of them broke easily, weren’t easy to use and/or weren’t really doing a good job cleaning the chain properly. When I was ordering some Skins on the Chainreaction website I came across the Muc-off X-1 chain cleaner, which got a few good reviews. I checked it out on the Muc-off website and it looked quite sturdy to me, so I decided to give it a try and ordered it. A few weeks ago I used the X-1 for the first time and I was so impressed I thought it would be nice to share my experience with you guys....

Traffic jam Sicilian style…

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

A few days ago on a HR 1-2 zone bike ride I came across two shepherds and a flock of sheep near the town of Castellammare del Golfo. There are still a lot of shepherds /goat herders in Sicily, so when cycling in the Sicilian countryside you’re likely to encounter one with his flock of sheep and/or goats. Ricotta cheese is made from sheep’s milk and can be eaten with some bread and tomatoes or ham, but it is mainly used in Sicilian dolci (cakes/deserts), like the cannolo, the cassatella and the very sweet cassata. These are all calorie bombs, so when you’re here enjoying these dolci in one...

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