A New Year

 

To say that 2020 was different from any year I have lived through, is probably an understatement.

Nevertheless, it was also a year like any other, if I look purely at my cycling activities.

Sure, a couple of events I had entered to participate in, didn’t happen.

And we didn’t get to fly to Tenerife, where Paula would have been able to lay in the sun and I would have cycled El Teide 26 times.

But, Paula being the incredible kind better half I do not deserve, allowed me to get my cycling “holiday” anyway, as she offered to travel – by car – to Italy instead.

So, I had my own “Giro d’Italia 2020” and once again smashed all previous grand tours.

And myself…

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myWindsock Christmas Gift Bundle Give Away

Many of you use additional tools, like intervals.icu or Elevate for Strava to analyse your activities.

Mostly, because Strava doesn’t offer anything meaningful and Garmin only offers additional analysis if you use one of their devices.

As my backyard is below sea level, surrounded by wide open bodies of water (the Flevopolder is the world largest artificial island), pancake flat and wide open, I get to enjoy the famous “Dutch mountains” a lot.

So, a tool like myWindsock, actually makes the influence of the wind visible, as you can read here.

Not that the math is always correct, as there are very few measuring stations in the polder and the circumstances can change from one corner to the other, while the input comes from a station 25 kilometres away.

I’ve actually experienced straights, going south to north, where I start with a tail wind, which changes to lateral wind and then into a head wind. A 180 – 220 degree shift, within 8 kilometres…

Anyway, myWindsock is currently offering a Christmas gift bundle and I’m giving two of those away this weekend.

Just find out what the registered elevation difference for my Cinglé du Mont Ventoux was.

Leave your answer in the comments before end of day Sunday 6 (CET) and the first two with the correct answer will get a gift bundle.

Bundle info


Amazingly, neither here, nor on Twitter, anyone seemed to be interested in this. I’ve donated the money to Qhubeka.

TrainerDay Hard Times Offer

TrainerDay appPssst…

If you’re in a bit of a financial pickle, looking for a more affordable way to build your (indoor) training workouts and plans, go to TrainerDayCom.

You can start for free, but on the “Pricing” page, scroll down to see the link under the “Bells & Whistles” plan for a “hard times offer”.

That offer will get you going for just $12 for 4 months.

Of course, as stated there, paying the (already low) full price, will help them develop further the great stuff they already offer.

And, if you just want to build workouts and plans, for many people the free option is enough.

Anyway, check it out 😎

I’m going to be publishing a post on TrainerDay and intervals.icu in the near future. The latter is the Swiss army knife of analysis tools.

I think that is a potentially lethal combo, right there. Offering an easy and flexible way to build and execute workouts, and the tools to analyze them, that you do not find anywhere else.

If you also add BigRingVR for great quality video footage, from tracks all around the world, to virtually cycle and watch, while working out, it may well be the best thing around.

Seven Hills

Not an exceptionFrom September 11 to 18, we spent a week in the area just south of Cologne, known as the Siebengebirge or Seven Hills.

We rented a cottage in the rustic (and rural) town of Bruchhausen, from where I plotted my rides in the area.

As you can read on the Wiki page, there are actually 40 hills, none of which get any higher than 460 meters.

The seven the area is named after are:

Großer Ölberg (460 m)
Löwenburg (455 m)
Lohrberg (435 m)
Nonnenstromberg (335m)
Petersberg (331 m, Former name: Stromberg)
Wolkenburg (324 m)
Drachenfels (321 m)

We have previously passed / sped through the area many times on our way to Austria, Switzerland or Italy and it has always been in my mind as a possible target for a short trip, not requiring a lot of travel (time).

It’s only some three hours from our home, which is just an hour more than going to the hills in the south of my own country.

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Giro d’Italia 2020 Report

Last time up the StelvioSo, how did I fare this Giro d’Italia 2020, compared to what I had in mind beforehand?

Well, I choked on the Mortirolo (from Mazzo) again and – barely – made it up the Bernina, all the way from Tirano.

The difference with last year being, that this did not happen during the same stage and that the Mortirolo was just as hot, but the Bernina was the coldest of all.

But, I kinda, sorta, had my revenge on the Mortirolo, as I was on its summit no less than four times, once twice during the same stage.

I also ended up on the Stelvio summit three times, during my prologue and as finishes for stages 7 and 9.

And, I was able to complete the Maratona dles Dolomites, which had been on my to-do/wish list, since I first visited the Dolomites in 2011.

Not surprisingly, that stage (6) also came with the highest elevation difference (D+) of all stages: almost 4,250 meters.

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