I said I’ll ride somewhere exotic so I did. I’ve spent the last week with my DW on the Gran Canaria island. It was another attempt at a sport holiday (the last one failed spectacularly). Gran Canaria enjoys a pleasant climate that’s conducive to both, doing sports and relaxing at the hotel almost the whole year round. So it’s not a surprise both of us had a great time.[Read More]
30th anniversary bike tour
2 days, from North to South along route 3
Not even a week has passed since the Ironman bike race but I was already on two wheels cycling across Switzerland. I’ve crossed Switzerland once from West to East in just one go but last week I turned 30 so I looked for something less challenging and more relaxing to celebrate the moment. I took a Friday off and went off on a 2-day bike tour across the country. This time from North to South…[Read More]
My first ever bike race
Bike leg of Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil-Jona team relay race
On June 11th I have entered and completed my first bike race! About 4 months ago, as I climbed off my bike after a training session, a surge of endorphins pushed me to call Ilya to sign-up for a team race. The race consisted of 1km swim, 90km bike and 21km run. I have regretted the decision shortly thereafter but it was already too late to bail out…[Read More]
Bike tour in canton Jura
Summer is starting well...
Summer 2017 is off to a great start! I’ve been using every opportunity to get out and ride. Over the past few weeks I’ve managed to squeeze in 3 Uetliberg ascents / descents (with one over-the-handlebars crash), regular rides with the Zurich/Zug peloton group as well as other local rides. Last Thursday was a holiday so I took Friday off and made a long weekend to make the best out of the great weather. I cycled through canton Jura (rather a part of it) in 2 days. Jura is beautiful! And the tour turned out to be quite difficult…[Read More]
Cube Cross Disc Mk3
I have purchased the Cube Cross Disc bicycle second-hand back in 2014 as an ultimate do-it-all machine to replace somewhat petite BMC hybrid bike I had started cycling on. No other bike in my stable went through as many alterations as the venerable Cube, transitioning from an object of admiration to almost scrap and most recently getting resurrected to fulfill a pragmatic new purpose. It was the bike I rode during the legendary Rhine tour. Perhaps it is also the bike I’ve learned most of the bike mechanic skills on.[Read More]
The wonderful way of carabike
Salsa Fargo Mk3 - now with Rohloff!
I fell in love with a Salsa Fargo bicycle exactly one year ago. The bike made me newly excited about cycling. No wonder I’ve put more than 4000 kilometers on it. I never rode the bike stock and rebuilt it with custom parts as soon as I received it by post (frames were out of stock in July last year).
Following the tour around France I decided to change a few things on the bike to better suit the kind of riding that I do:[Read More]