Velodrom D’Horta training

Yesterday was supposedly the last in a series of warm summer days in Barcelona and with that in mind it seemed a good idea to head back to the Velodrom D’Horta for a few more photos of the training session as my first attempt was lacking a group of cyclists.

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The Tibidabo challenge

Tibidabo is a terrific mountain to a ‘quick’ uphill challenge and almost every ay you’ll see cyclists racing or struggling up that mountain. To better themselves or their cycling comrades.

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NK Veldrijden / Cyclocross in Surhuisterveen

This weekend the Dutch cyclocross championships were held in Surhuisterveen. It’s been a bit of a busy weekend for me so unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend both days and as it turned out nog even all the races on Sunday, so I was happy to at least be able to see the last race.

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Happy New Year ride

To start of the year well I had my first ride on the Bianchi on January first. Here’s to a new year with (hopefully) many more rides and lots of photos of the rounds, wherever I make them :)

First ride of the year – click image for full set

It was a mere 63km with a bit of rain, a tiny amount of sun and loads of glass on the cycling paths from smashed (beer)bottles. A mere miracle I made it home without any flats along the way. My personal condition at the moment is nothing to be proud about, but I’ll get to work on that now the holidays are over!

Gamma Racing Days

Last weekend the Gamma Racing Days were held on the TT Circuit of Assen. Starting on Friday there were events all weekend on and around the circuit. I went to see what was happening on Sunday afternoon.

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87th Dutch TT in Assen

If you live in Assen you’re going to have to try really hard to miss the Dutch TT. After a week of TT Funfair and nearly a week of the annual TT Festival today finally the 87th Dutch TT was on with the Moto3, Moto2 and the main event: the MotoGP!

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A day out in the Baloise Belgium Tour

Back in March I responded to a tweet to post a photo of yourself in shorts. We had some great sunny days in March and I responded to the tweet with a photo (as you do ;) ). I hadn’t really thought about if afterwards until suddenly in April I got a message asking if I’d like to join the Team Roompot crew for a day as VIP during the Belgium Tour. Had to think about it for a few seconds (it’s a bit of a drive from the North of the Netherlands) but it’s a superb opportunity and Belgium is a different setting. That makes it really interesting too!

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Introducing the Team Guchi outfit 2017

I’ve got my set complete! New Michelin tires on the bike, a new shirt, I upgraded my helmet to the Giro Synthe (not the MIPS edition), got some new sunglasses and new shoes: the NorthWave Sonic 2 Plus. With the Garmin Edge 820 keeping score and track, I’m looking forward to a very interesting new season!

And of course on the back of my shirt my avatar: the bearded espresso sipping hipster ;)

As for the photos… I’m a bit bummed that I shot them in 1/15th, but running to and fro on cycling shoes, grabbing and parking the bike and keeping in time with shutter-release I forgot to reset them to 1/250th in the end :( Better luck next time.

Gouden Pijl criterium in Emmen

Bauke Mollema is a busy guy. Fresh out of the Tour the France he raced and won the Boxmeer criterium, raced in Surhuisterveen, won the Clasica San Sebastian in Spain and then raced in Rio at the Olympics. And then he came back the the Netherlands as soon as he could to race in the Gouden Pijl criterium yesterday.

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Criterium of Surhuisterveen

The Tour de France 2016 is over now and traditionally that means that criteriums (or crits) are being raced. As usual the first one is in Boxmeer, that was Monday immediately after the last stage of the Tour. A day later the second race was held in the north of the Netherlands: Surhuisterveen and as that was close and I finally was in a position to go, I went. It was also the only one that Chris Froome would do (that will be because of preparation of the Olympics I think).

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Superbike Race 2 on Sunday

A bit more prepared I came earlier to the circuit on Sunday. A better cycling route so a bit less tired as cycling was all against the wind to the track. And well in time for the three main events. And it was sunny, what could possibly go wrong?

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