Selaat arkistoa kohteelle brevet.

So far – So good – So bad

13.6.2017 Maantiepyöräily, Pitkänmatkanpyöräily, Yleinen

Spring

I have ridden 200, 300, fleche (360) and 600 brevet so far. I got back pain (SI-joint?) after flu that I had on the Easter. Painful ailment. Still I have tried to ride normally.

Fleche was maybe the best one ever because of a good team and steady slow pace. Kuopio to Jyväskylä 24h and 360km.

”Jalkaveivi”

Above something without brains during the fleche

Helsinki-Satakunta-Helsinki 600k

Last year was my first and the last (I said after the ride) in this yearly classic ride. I had too short memory so I went again. I drove camper van to Oittaa Camping already Thursday two days before start. Friday I rested and tried to heal my back. After rest day my back was worse than normally :( Saturday morning I woke up at 5 o’clock. 6am I took my bike and I was ready to ride to the middle of Helsinki where the Ride started.

Unexpectedly front wheel didn’t move at all. The tyre was too big? I have 25/28 size Spesialized something tyre at the moment on my front wheel. I have ridden over 1000km by it. Now it had become too big??

I emptied the tyre little by little until the wheel spinned again. I bought Wahoo Bolt navigator before The Ride and it was good enough and I found the starting place.

The Ride

The first 20k was a group ride of 27 participants. These group rides are always too fast for me. This time I survived. I started to ride alone by my own speed. It is nowadays the best solution. Drink alone – sorry ride alone. Afterwhile I got company.  The same Gentleman was on the side of the road with whom I rode a lot during the last year ride. So with the Gentleman Bob I rode the whole trip. Excluding the last 28k because he ate pizza at the last stop and I carry on riding after short stop.

The last 100k

First 500k was a quite pleasant riding. Eating and riding. Sometimes resting. Roads where good or very good. Scenery was nice.

But the last 100k was a piece of shit. The same hill all time time again and again (I felt so).

 I managed to ride to the end. No walking. Rode every hill. Hurt my knees. Got my old thigh problem again. I wasn’t happy at all. 38h and 615k. This was the last HSH for me. No more extra hills even it is ”intrinsic value” for some.</

PS. The bike broke too. It creak all the time when I pumped the pedals.

Helsinki-Satakunta-Helsinki 600km (HelliSH) 11. – 12.6.2016

14.6.2016 Maantiepyöräily, Pitkänmatkanpyöräily, Yleinen

Many years (every year) I have decide to participate HSH-600B (HSH) This year it happened.

I left Kuopio friday for Espoo Camping in Espoo near Helsinki.

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Camping area was almost empty that was very good for me.

The ride started form Helsinkin City center 8:00am. I had to ride there 26km early in the morning. I were lost a couple of times but I made it on time.

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There were 20 of us starting the ride. Weather was otherwise very good but high headwind wasn’t so uplifting. First 85km up and down steep hills- very hilly. Too much for me. I hated every meter. I rode with group of three most of time at the beginning of the ride. Normally some distance behind the others.

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I have two navigators. Garmin 800 (piece of shit) and Bryton 60 (piece of shit, too). I don’t use any road list. It is too complicated to me ;) I try to ride with somebody wiser than me if navigating is needed.

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The route was beautiful but it didn’t help me at all. We had night break early in the morning about 6am in Kokemäki. After break two of us carried on together. In Forssa my reliable companion quit. Some problems with his leg. I found another one. Local older gentleman riding his first brevet. I wondered how an earth because he was in much better shape than me. We ride last 120 km together. It went a quite well. We finished 10pm. 2 hours still left. Not bad.

The ride was very hard. Partly too hilly for me. Normally I ride B600 Kuopio-Oulu-Kuopio. And it isn’t this bad at all. I ate a lot during the ride. That was a pleasant surprise!

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Brevet Season

25.4.2016 Maantiepyöräily, Pitkänmatkanpyöräily

Last Saturday I rode first brevet of the year. 200km with road bike. Kuopio – Rautalampi – Kerkonkoski – Vesanto – Kuopio. Weather was mostly very good. Some snow and rain made me wet, but not bad all. I was six week more or less sick so I was a quite pleased that I could ride at all. 11,5 hours altogether.

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Next brevet will be 300km during first weekend of may. 300km has always been my worst brevet. Too long too early.