TDF 2022 – Maurienne Valley Part 3

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As predicted in my first post about “Maurienne Valley Leftovers”, I have enough of those to keep me busy for a few stages.

This third post is again about the northern end out of the valley, as before close to / starting from our apartment in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

During my previous Tour de France, I cycled Lacets de Montvernier and Col du Chaussy, but there are two more to be had.

These are Col de Sapey (from two different starting points) and Montdenis

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Garmin Varia RCT715

Despite Ray’s critical review of the Garmin Varia RCT715 – which actually reflects how I feel about EVERY Garmin product when they dump it into the market and fix blatant errors and design flaws with “updates” after that – I got myself this rear radar / camera combo anyway.

You can read that review here.

Last Saturday, I first used it during my Gran Fondo.

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New Toy

I recently got another bike, a Leader Fox Sonora MTB.

This post “explains” how that happened…

About a month back, my Canyon SpeedMax self-destructed itself.

During one of my usual loops, the fork broke – luckily, I was riding at low speed, as I just passed a cattle guard (prone to getting a pinch flat) and it was going uphill back onto the dyke I was riding.

Paula had to come and pick me up but I still needed to walk about a mile to get to the pickup point with a bike in pieces. Not easy on cycling shoes…

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ITT “Tijdrit Tri2One Almere”







Last Saturday, April 16th, I participated in the individual time trial event “Tijdrit Almere”.

It’s organized by Start2Finish, Tri2One being the main sponsor.

As the name implies, it’s in my hometown and the long distance is 42 kms, or three laps of 14 kms each.

Until 2019, this event took place in my backyard, the wide open polder outside the city.

I participated only once in that, before it changed the location to the outskirts of Almere-Haven – the oldest neighborhood of Almere – for the 2019 edition last minute.

The new course is following the dyke along the “Gooimeer” lake, so also on that one, there’s no hiding from the wind…

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Strava – Flagging Virtual Activities

(This is just a rant, so if you’re not into that sort of thing, stop reading…)

Not for the first time, I had (an old) virtual ride on Strava flagged.

I know that sometimes this is just done out of spite for losing one’s KOM, or because someone thinks that if you ride in ERG mode, your Watts are not really Watts.

(Trust me: I’ve been accused of “cheating” that way, see for instance: Rouvy Double Legend)

I often do not even bother to “appeal”, although this – flagging of a virtual ride – is against Strava’s own policy.

They will not implement a change making this flagging impossible, though…

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