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.
Boom…! 10 riders on this windy Thursday morning with two rookies, Nils and Sylvie. Nils rode la Marmotte this summer and newbie rider Sylvie is preparing for her first ever cyclo, la Vélomediane in La Roche en Ardennes. Tim took us over his old training route once more although every week there is a slight variation. As usual, Schermerhorn was part of the mix. The small town served a short breather in between to intense stretches of pushing hard into the wind. The lead-up and the cool-down were very mellow so a great ride once more.
Arm warmers, leg warmers, shoe covers, vests, rain jackets and more; the Jammers came well prepared for this Sunday ‘summer’ ride. It felt more like autumn with ominous clouds and strong winds. The forecasted heavy rains may have kept some regulars away but we were still with a double digits team. We added one more at Muiden as Hilversum based Perico joined us along the way. We looped around Het Gooi and added two more detours later into the ride. The 100k ride became a 140k ride and we were still back in the city before the rain started lashing down; that is what a 34k+ average does for you. Two new riders in the pack; Johannes who once rode a full ‘tourist’ Tour de France a day ahead of the pros and chance-meeting Daan who powered by us towards the end and may sign up for future Jammer rides.