First day of autumn. A strong group, a scenic course and a fast pace; the Dam to Dam Fiets Classic was a gem. Despite getting lost a bit in the beginning and ending up on the Dam to Dam running course, we had no major issues. Once on open roads, time trialist Joachim set the pace and we never dialed it back. We lost Ciska who -back from injuries- had happily joined us again. Marianne was a tad late in the morning, missed the ferry ride and the Windjammers gruppetto. Tim, Casper and Daan were the only three to complete the full 145k route -kudos to them-; the others opted for the light, mini or choco version.
We’re kicking off the month of October with a fun event. A mellow bike ride followed by a hearty meal, cold beers, music, literature and film.
The bike ride starts at 17:30 hours from café Kanis & Meiland. We ride to CycleYou bike store where we depart at 18:00 hours sharp for a group ride at a non-Windjammers pace.
The riders’ meal is from 19:00 hours onwards. There is limited capacity so please pre-book for dinner via email@example.com. First come, first served. The evening program starts at 20:00 hours and ends when we have no more stories to tell (or when they kick us out of the bar).
We test rode the 110k Knetemann Classic parcours some 15 minutes ahead of the lead group. We had a clean and uninterrupted ride with our 15 men team. Fast guys on fast bikes. Another one for the books.
A Homecoming party, that is what it felt like this morning. Tim came back strong from his Tour for Life exploits in the Jura and the Vosges. Team Fast Amsterdam came back from Barcelona; battered, bruised but not broken. In a highly competitive Red Hook Crit race they held their own but did not take home any silverware. See what their Milano race in October will bring. We had two rookies join us today and that totaled the gruppetto at 17 riders including our Windjammerette Marianne; sleek, smiling and strong as ever.
We headed north towards Enkhuizen and decided to take the long way home. After Paul did his safety speech we glided over the long barrier dam to Lelystad at an even 40k/hr pace. We maintained the momentum all the way back to Amsterdam. Casper was keen to keep his Sunday ride average over 35k/hr so he bombed away with Amsterdam in sight. He missed the collective cool down but we all regrouped at café Kanis & Meiland for the afterparty. A fast ride on a wonderful Sunday morning. Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll.
Tim Krabbé was riding the Grand Ballon in the Vosges but Tim’s Thursday also goes on without the Grand Master. We were nine including our Barcelona Red Hook Crit warriors Fish and Yvo. Yvo rode his steel road bike and he was yearning for his trusted fixie companion when mechanicals forced him to two stops. He got it fixed (no pun intended) and we continued into the brisk wind. We saw pro rider Niki Terpstra coming the other way twice and we were on the look-out for Belkin rider Jetse Bol. He posted a no show although Strava uploads indicate he is in the area. The Avenhorn roads were empty though. Nine riders working together over a 90k course. A wonderful morning in the September sun. Hurray!
Windjammers X BikeWriters X Shimano. A work session followed by a wonderful and windy lunch ride, or rather a Kermiskoers. Kermesse Rock and Roll! Thank you Shimano.
The Windjammers don’t mind the wind and the rain does not scare us either. Riding in wind and rain with proper apparel makes it even less intimidating. Today we tested the new Etxeondo rain jersey, the Team Edition in hi-vis color with matching arm warmers. The pro riders from Team Giant-Shimano debuted this jersey in the 2014 season.
During the short ride there were dark clouds but no showers. A full bidon was emptied over the jersey at the end of the ride and guess what, it worked. The water just bounces off of it. Waiting for a proper rainy day to see how it holds up during a long and wet ride.
The Team Fast guys were racing the Red Hook Crit race in Barcelona and the Windjammers Eurobike attendees posted a no-show at the weekly Sunday ride. Casper lead an eight man crew over his Spekko Classic course. Matt DNF’ed as a punctured tubular created too much hassle to fix. He rode with a flat to a nearby train station to bring him back to Amsterdam. Not cool at all.
Photo: Nick Feeney
RIH resurrected. Master frame builder Wim van der Kaaij has been building RIH bikes since 1948. He has been doing that for both world champions as well as demanding Sunday morning warriors. The new and improved RIH Sport Amsterdam has settled in Amsterdam Noord where they started building high-end customized bikes again. To celebrate this happy news they organized a RIH ride, the Ronde van RIH. The 110k route was a tribute to RIH’s much heralded past which produced a staggering 63 world champions.
We rode by Velsen and the Bergweg where Ingrid Haringa, five times track world champion, logged her miles. We rumbled over Het Kopje where Gerrie Knetemann and the infamous Molenploeg tried to hurt each other. We rolled through the dunes along the coast, the playing fields of track legend and TI-Raleigh sport director Peter Post. And lastly we took the tailwind along the Ringvaart and remembered Gerit Schulte, one of post World War II cycling greats. All world champions, all RIH riders.
Today’s group of 50 riders was an eclectic bunch; all age groups, all fitness levels and on all sorts of bikes. We rode well together with the Windjammers on point for the 110k route. We managed to stay together until the very end where the versatile Lorenzo served a homemade pasta and red wine. It was a good Sunday. Roll on, RIH brothers.