Vintage Cycling Shirts

Here’s a link to a shop from an Aussie stuck in Italy due to the pandemic.

There are worse places to be stranded, but he may be getting home soon, now that it looks like we’re finally getting it under control.

Anyway, he has a very large collection of mixed cycling, dirt bike, triathlon and other two wheel sport cycling jerseys, bib’s and tops.

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Tour de France 2021

So, thanks to the ongoing pandemic and subsequent “no fly” policy in the family, I get another cycling adventure this year.

As we will be going to France, I have obviously and as usual dubbed it “Tour de France 2021”.

While I do feel sorry for Paula’s not getting her well deserved sun vacation, I’m also excited at the prospect of having another go at the giants of the French Alps.

I was thinking (again) to plan for the Pyrenees, but I eventually couldn’t withstand the temptation of a remake of part one of my Tour de France 2014.

That was way too short – not the tour, just the first part – to tackle everything that’s in that area.

So for the Tour de France 2021, we’ve rented an apartment in Saint-Jean-de Maurienne, which is located at the base of the…

*Drum Roll*

Col de la Croix de Fer.

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Canyon SpeedMax

Canyon SpeedMax CF 8 eTapWell, as expected, we’re already over 3 months into 2021 and although vaccination has started, the outlook for any return to normalcy is still grim.

But, as there’s enough to read about that elsewhere and my blog is mostly about happy things, I want to share something else.

As I mentioned in my “New Year’s” post, I had my eye on the Canyon SpeedMax ever since I rode one in September last year.

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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.