woensdag 8 maart 2017

Strade bianche

Start and finish in Siena with in between nothing but beautiful landscapes and white gravel sections. Strade Bianche has become on of the iconic classics in the year that you don't wanna miss. This years edition we had a lot of rain during the day so the normal white dust has become sticky mud. First time with my new bike in these conditions but all went super well so I'm actually super stoked about my new bike. Absolutely great! 

woensdag 1 maart 2017

2017 cycling season has started

The new season is started again.
I already went to Dubai and Oman for 2 weeks of racing.
Last weekend where the first classics in Belgium.
This was also the first race with my new BMW R1200 GSA

After my year in year out bad ass collaboration with Craft Sportswear i'm happy to add REV'IT to support me for riding gear

vrijdag 21 oktober 2016

Last race of the season

My last race of the season is the Abu Dhabi Tour. It's a 4 days race event in and around Abu Dhabi. 

zaterdag 15 oktober 2016

Enduro Park Hechlingen

Booked a long time ago a 2 day enduro training course in the Enduro Park Hechlingen together with a friend. Finally it's that time. All packed and ready to go for our 850km trip direction the training facility in Germany. I booked in the Forellenhof hotel. That is very close to the training center. A typical German hotel with big rooms, good food and a lot of beer for the ones that loves that (i never drink alcohol so i don't know if that's a good thing or not). 

Day 1:

Meeting at 8:30 in the headquarters of the training center. The instructors giving us some guide lines and they put us in groups. 
After that we went to the garage where all bikes are parked with name tags on of every rider. 

We start with 9 riders but already very early 2 guys drop out because there skills are not good enough to follow us during the low speed balance course. 
After that we do a loop on the beautiful course using the different techniques that we have learned. We are lucky to be in a small and good group. Everybody knows how to handle a bike so we don't have to wait to long for guys getting dropped our fall. 

But at the end of the day you see left and right guys making small mistakes. Probably that have to do of the intensity of the training and some getting more and more tired. 
So day one is in the pocket. Back to our hotel at 17:30 to refresh our selfs. At 19:30 we have a group dinner. At the end of a very nice buffet the instructors are giving a presentation about other activities that they provide during the year. 

Day 2:
Back at the training facility where we do a group warm up at 9:00 on the parking lot.
everybody is warm and ready to jump on the bike to adding and training some more techniques and skills. Starting with the 'sahara' sand bank. Not an easy thing but after crashing and getting back up we start to know how to handle the bike is these deep sand banks. 
Getting some thing to drink and eat for 5min and hopping back on the bike to do some more loops on the beautiful training course.

In these 2 days i have learned so many things. A real must have to do if you have the change.

I have made a small movie. Feel free to have a look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVjlnz5IKSE

zaterdag 3 september 2016

La Vuelta

Currently i'm in Spain for the 3 week cycling race La Vuelta. This year the race starts in Ourense. What is 1800km from my place... so traveling everything by motorbike is not always as easy then it looks. The first 10 days we had some nice roads but nothing very special. But then Stage 13 on a Friday. Starting in the beautiful city of Bilbao with his nice buildings we are riding direction Eibar. From there on we follow the beautiful coastline with his nice beaches and landscapes straight to San Sebastian. Once we past San Sebastian the first of 4 mountains start (Alto Monte Igueldo, Alto de Aritxulegi, Alto de Agina and Puerti de Lizaieta). Twisted roads in between the forest and flirting with the French boarder. Just beautiful

donderdag 7 juli 2016

Fight for yellow

In the tour it's all about the yellow leader jersey. Yesterday Belgium rider Greg Van Avermaet took the win and yellow jersey. Knowing him good we took some funny picture yesterday

zaterdag 2 juli 2016

Tour de France

The Tour is starting today in the Mont Saint Michel. The fight can start for these colors