Sunshine. The first thing I see in the morning when I look out the window. I can’t wait to get on my bike.
I’ve pre-ridden this course the week before and I know what’s to come. Miles and miles of smooth gravel roads and winding, flowing broad singletrack.
Heaven for gravel bikes.
A new day, new faces, new stories, but the same passion and enthusiasm. One, two, three coffees, a quick bike check and we’re ready to roll. Today the entire group is on a Rowtag. What a magical sight to see. It’s login to be another great day.
The pale blue autumn sky and broad views are a photographer’s dream and I use every little bit of energy I have in my legs to get in front of the group, get off the bike, capture some shots, get back on the bike and get back to the group.
Turning today’s Social Ride into somewhat of an high intensity interval training. “Pics or it didn’t happen” I tell myself as I prepare for another jump of the front of the group.
Today’s route makes for fast miles, and gives us the time for a quick coffee stop when we pass by a nice little terrace in the sun. A platter of “broodje kroket” reminds me I’m not actually in heaven today, but in The Netherlands.
More sun, more fun, more miles and more smiles. I’m having the time of my life. Hearing ride stories from the Transcontinental and the Atlas Mountain Race have me daydreaming of adventures to come. I wish this day could last forever.
Back at “De Fietser”, over some “saucijzenbroodjes” and beers we’re already making plans for the next edition. I can’t wait!
A big thank you, once more, to everybody who joined us. You are all amazing. See you next time!