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The most famous lawn in Sicily!

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

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, went to my garden and this is 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...

We’ve made it! Stories from a cycling guide in Sicily

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in cycling guide | 0 comments

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of being a cycling guide for a group of Dutch friends. Every year these guys go on a short trip together and this year they decided to come to Sicily. Leo, the organizer of the trip, had asked me whether I could come up with some nice activities for the boys. I proposed a bike ride and they all loved the idea! So I arranged the rental bikes and on May 17th we all went to Eurobici in Partinico to pick them up and to go for a 55 km bike ride. After mounting the required pedals and setting the right...

Thanks Rob!

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in training | 0 comments

For last Saturday Rob had a test prepared to calculate my heart rate zones. The days before he had some easy rides planned for me and on Friday a preparation workout. On Friday I felt really strong and had a great time on the bike. Then later that day I started sniffing and sneezing. Great, hay-fever!  Not really what I was hoping for the day before the test but hey, a good night sleep and at least I’ll be well rested. Too bad some clients decide to show up late at night so I went to bed at around 03:00 AM. No worries, I’ll just sleep in and I’ll...

unboxing: Fast Forward F6R Powertap wheelset

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

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!...

Bike ride near Terrasini (PA) in March 2013

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

I decided to go and do the L5 ride on again a lovely sunny day in March this year. Not the best day to set a personal record: there are two railroad crossings, one in Trappeto and one near Terrasini (see photo) and I had to wait at both for the train to pass. The spectators clearly weren’t impressed with my efforts on the bike, so they went on with their...

On my favorite climb, near Carini (PA)

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

The climb near the town of Carini (PA) is one of my favorites: not because of the level of difficulty (it’s mostly 5 – 7%), but because of the route itself: you start near the town, ride to the castle in the “centro storico” of Carini and then follow for Montelepre. During the climb you have some great views of the town and the sea. This is a ride a do a lot as a cycling guide (see route L5 on the on-Sicily website), because halfway on the descent you’ll have the choice to either turn right and go home (following the route) or go straight ahead and do...

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