A short ride with a huge peloton prior to a cycling evening at café Kanis & Meiland in Amsterdam. Cycling X Culture X Food & Drinks. 75 riders and a capacity crowd at the Amsterdam East Docklands café. We will do more of these.
On the day of the Elite Men’s Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain we honored Joop Zoetemelk, our 1985 Dutch rainbow winner in Giavera del Montello, Italy. During our Sunday morning ride we rode by Rijpwetering -Zoetemelk’s town of birth- and took a selfie shot at a street named after him with our full 19 rider crew.
We rode in championship style. Easy in the beginning and slowly turning on the heat thereafter. Yvo was today’s captain and with fixie chick Nathalie -this girl can ride!- we had another power woman in the group. Between Nathalie and Marianne they took home all the Strava silverware. Our Zoetemelk photo did not help the Dutch riders; they were pretty much invisible in today’s race. Michał Kwiatkowski made a decisive jump near the end and solo windjammed the last few k’s to the finish in grand style, bringing the rainbow jersey to Poland. Well deserved.
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot just took a surprise victory to win the elite women World Championships on the road to cap a phenomenal season. Check out the video with three Liv world champions. The Windjammers interviewed the riders and produced the video.
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 Jokim 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.