fastamsterdam

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There were plenty of reasons not to ride today. Stay in bed for Mother’s Day. Stay in bed to shelter from the rain. Stay in bed to recover from coughs and a slight cold. Stay in bed to hide from the Southwest wind. Yet we went out. We ride and we ride always. We don’t want to miss our cycling brothers for our Sunday morning routine. We would have missed Tim’s entrance in his brand new Etxeondo outfit and we would have missed Fishy’s Fish Homecoming ride on his brand new Mees bike, courtesy of CycleYou bike store. 

At Halfweg we smelled fresh bread and we thought of that mellow Sunday breakfast alternative, on the Zandvoort boulevard we got sandblasted by the Southwest wind and in the dunes we had to get out of the saddle to climb the tiny hills in the tormentous headwind. The rain was heavy and the wind was fierce. We got soaked and we got cold. Coffee Company hosted us for Nick’s coffee treat; we walked in dripping from the rain to the disgust and amazement of the Haarlemmerstraat hipsters. The baristas brewed us coffees but skipped the heart in the latte foam. There was not enough love for the cyclistas. No harm done; there is plenty going around in our own gruppetto.

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Alan hates the Flevopolder loop so much that he spontaneously cramped on the Oostvaardersdijk. Paul dropped his GoPro and cracked the lens; R.I.P. camera after three years of great service. 300+ rides and 20,000+ photos in the bank. Was it all bad? Hell no, a dozen riders experienced the polder in all its Spring beauty. Tulips, lambs, sparkling water and whooshing windmills. The numbing wind makes the mind and body strong as pro rider Niki Terpstra showed later today; he conquered the Hell of the North and took home the pavé trophy. Niki knows a thing or two about jamming into the wind. He also practiced his glory lap on the Roubaix Velodrome many times before on the Amsterdam track with some of our Windjammers in his wheel. Another bright spot in the day; over coffee Tim told us it was his birthday. 71 years and counting. Happy birthday Tim! 

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Maybe it was a bit early in the season for a 150k ride. Maybe some underestimated the long dykes and strong winds in the midst of winter. Yet people knew what they signed up for and they sure got their money’s worth. Old skool windjamming on a classic Windjammers loop, the Rondje Markermeer. We started off at Wong’s with a Sweet Sixteen gruppetto but halfway into the ride there was no sweetness left. The group did not go sour, but it did fall apart into smaller chunks. The ones that had not been sick and that had been riding through winter had that extra bit of juice in the legs and it showed. After we rampaged over the Houtribdijk barrier dam -with the lead threesome going at a 50k/hr speed- we regrouped at a Lelystad snackbar where we refueled before coasting back along the Oostvaardersdijk. A last little rumble before Muiden showed that the tank was empty with most. It was an awesome ride and we put our miles in for Flanders.

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Damn. At least it looks #fast. The #interceptor is ready for its last @redhookcrit. Its going to be replaced by another coarseXcolumbus project frame. All I hope for it doesnt end up like the night rider’s car in the #madmax movie…
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