A mellow Tim’s Thursday ride à deux. We went by the ‘angry farmer’ at Middelie to break JW’s BozeBoerKOM through the pasture. The No Trespassing gate had been firmly closed so we went back and around it as law-abiding cyclists. Despite the beautiful weather the roads were quiet and empty. Summertime.
Welsh Wizard Tom Davies and one-legged-marvel Dax Jaikel from Costa Rica rode up the tough and challenging HC climb Porte de Bales in the French Pyrenees. With just one healthy leg, Dax is an awesome rider. An inspiring person with a happy smile; he’s got the Windjammer spirit alright.
A Saturday ride in the summer heat with a gruppetto of four; an American (Jon), a Swiss (Olivier), a New Zealander (Kruno) and a Dutchman (Paul). Conversational pace as promised and it was all smooth sailing until we had a little crash with upcoming traffic along the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal. A narrowing road, street furniture, leaning in, a bump and a push; that was all it took for Jon to run into a fellow American who came from the other way. No major damage and the New Yorker was apologetic and friendly. Jon’s Speedvagen survived the unexpected encounter. We wrapped up with a Coke, a coffee and the obligatory apple pie at café Polder.
We got ourselves a new Sunday ride, the Yvo Classic. This Southwest loop fits in beautifully with the Windjammers Classic -the Flevopolder loop to the East-, Tim’s Thursday ride to the North, the Spekko Classic to the South, the Perico Clásico to the Southeast and the Fish Ride to the Northwest. We’re heat mapping the roads around Amsterdam and we love it. Yvo’s route was the perfect combination of what the Windjammers and Team FAST enjoy in a ride. A few windy dikes, the cobbled Kopje, some fast and smooth rolling tarmac and a few technical turns.
We were well in time for a coffee and cake stop. Café Hesp was not ready for us -our bikes were not welcome at their empty outdoor terrace- so we rolled towards the busy Ysbreker café where we were welcomed with a smile. Exit Hesp; welcome Ysbreker.
South Korea resident Marty was back in Amsterdam for his summer vacation. We had a mellow morning ride to share stories. Marty will start the Windjammers chapter in Pusan. Koreans beware!
Stefan was in charge of the Sunday ride and he took the guys on the Fish Special. The canal, the IJmuiden locks, the dunes, the polders, the dikes and the ferry ride back to the city; all the beauty Noord-Holland has to offer in a 135km loop. Steady riding in the Sunday morning sun.
Tim rode the l’Ardéchoise cyclo last week and he wore the colorful event jersey to prove it. Not his usual Etxeondo tailored and body-hugging jersey but a loud and happy shirt instead. Tim can pull it off.
It was a good turn out, with 11 riders joining, including fixie Fish and 2 strong women. Everyone had different plans, wishes, appointments and so it happened that there were routes of 60k, 80k and 100k. A very flexible Tim’s Thursday with riders peeling off at different moments in the ride.
Tim peeled off after the ride and boarded the plane for Taiwan. A holiday without the bike yet we suspect that a Mount Victoria climb may pop up on his log. We’ll see and hear the stories later.
Photos & report: Annemijn Briët
Beautiful video portrait of Tim Krabbé talking about cycling, racing and his book The Rider. The short film was shot during the 2014 Tour of Flanders 245 km cyclo which Tim rode with 15 of his Windjammers friends.