I finally have my new bike, a Ridley X-Trail gravel bike. It’s NOT going to replace the Bianchi, but will allow me a few different roads, sometimes a more relaxed ride and to do a bit mor cycling late in the year. I took the Sony camera along for it’s first real ride for some shots.
Last year I missed the post-Tour de France criteriums, but this year I at least made it to the race in Surhuisterveen. Only two days after the Tour de France. The first race is traditionally held in Boxmeer, but Surhuisterveen is really close by and… as the only racing crit after the Tour this one was attended by Geraint Thomas, accompanied by Tom Dumoulin, Baule Mollema, Laurens ten Dam and Ramon Sinkeldam. A pretty damn impressive list of cyclists.
At the close of the ice skating season there’s one last time to shine for the ice stadium. After all the ice skate races the final act on the ice is wrecking the layers of ice for real. Fast motorcycles, big spikes and a lot of adrenaline! Welcome to Ice Speedway racing…
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.
Only two runners out today, I’ll have go again soon when there are a few more riders out…
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.
As the year draws to an end I’ve been thinking over the many activities over the past year. New experiences, great moments, a few lesser moments and oh so many photos.
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.
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).