KOTL – an hour of pain

I'm climbing up the steps onto the start ramp. The crowd surrounds me, the loudspeakers pumping out dance music. Thankfully I'm not alone. My team mates Thomas, Valentin and Attila are beside me, also mounting their bikes. A man stands behind me, takes my saddle, and offers to hold me up as I clip in. The announcer calls our names, but all I can think of is not falling off. I am now suspended in mid air, nervously watching the digital clock in front as it counts down the last 15 seconds.

BMB22 – Part 1 – First Steps

BMB, three little letters. For the last few months however, to me they have meant both promise and dread in equal measure. For those of you dear readers who have been following my blog, this may ring a bell. Berlin - Munich - Berlin. What is it? 1500 kilometers of unassisted cycling starting from and... Continue Reading →

Hammerhead Karoo 2 – a review

Two years ago I took the big step and bought myself a proper bike computer (or a head unit), a Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt. This action felt like a rite of passage, progressing from being a casual cyclist to becoming a passionate data-driven amateur cyclist (define as you will). It promised the collection of large amounts... Continue Reading →

Cycling, my medicine of choice

My plans for 2022 have taken a bit of a knock. Despite all my precautions and care, a few weeks ago I tested positive for COVID-19. I am triple vaccinated, and I suspect this is why I didn't suffer the full intensity of symptoms. Nevertheless, I was quarantined for two weeks and during this time... Continue Reading →

2021 – what did I learn?

What a year. The second full year of COVID, including several lockdowns and limited ability to meet people and travel. Still, things eased up compared to 2020. Here is a summary of what happened: Got myself a new road bike, the Cannondale CAAD 13. An unexpected purchase, but it is really nippy and light and... Continue Reading →

The Road to Munich – so what happened?

The keen eyed readers among you may find something strange in my recent posts. It started so ambitiously with my first post talking about my registration for Berlin-Munich. My first audax! My preparations started well, and this led to my second post talking about routing and strategy. Given that the audax was at the end... Continue Reading →

What’s the big deal?

Why not running? Or swimming? Or croquet? I suppose anything really. I do have a day job and a fairly intense one at that - it's not quite your average 9 to 5. On top, I do try to have some form of a private life. This means my free time is fairly limited. Why do I spend this limited free time (a) cycling, and (b) writing a blog about cycling? To be honest, I really don't know. I suspect it's because it has changed my life.

Neusiedlersee Radmarathon 2021

It started off a surprisingly cold October morning. Things kicked off with a carbohydrate rich breakfast at my hotel in Mörbisch am See in Burgenland, Austria, where for some reason the breakfast tables were outside. After kitting up, I had a quick warm-up on the bike and then headed down to the start line, full... Continue Reading →

Wachauer Radtage 2021

Thunder and lightning, very very frightening. That pretty much summarised the week running up to the promisingly named "Raiffeisen Power Radmarathon". Austria was catching the tail end of the storms which had only recently caused major flooding in Belgium and Germany. The weather forecast for the Saturday and Sunday was heavy rain with just a... Continue Reading →

Passau – Vienna (the Dom2Dom challenge)

The Donauradweg (Danube bike path) is a well established bike path in Austria running along the Danube river. Like many cycling enthusiasts, I recently decided to ride this - my journey would start at the St. Stephan’s cathedral in Passau (in Germany, on the border with Austria) to St. Stephan’s cathedral in Vienna - a... Continue Reading →

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