Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hunter to New Paltz -- day 2 self supported

Part of the special "super tour of the Catskills". Starting another day with a great breakfast. Great traveling with little stuff. Around 9am finally on the road to Shandaken and Little Indian and Big Indian. A beautiful morning, still not to hot. The first few climbs behind, long way up to little over 800m on Oliveara to Neversink and a gorgeous decent into Frost Valley. Filling up water in Claryville. Then making it up to the top via Red Hill Rd (dirt). And a fast descent on Sugarloaf. Steaming hot down in the valley! Then going towards Peekamoose and up to the Yeagerville climb in reverse this time. Nice descent to the Rondout Reservoir and back via 55/209 to Kerhonkson for water top off and a new nice rolling way to the Mohonk climb -- where finally Py meet/found James... a little different story not told here now. Quick descent down back into New Paltz. Dinner time!

Epic weekend done!


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Saturday, July 18, 2015

New Paltz to Hunter -- day1 self supported

Tour of the Catskills. A different ride no one wanted to join. Trying to keep up with some pre ToC race dedicated training weekend. The only plan was to start from New Paltz and make the way via a select set climbs to Hunter and this time to stay over night in Hunter. A steaming hot/humind and high chance of thunder showers filled weekend was expected, a heavy down poor while driving up in the big city area. But improving further up. Prepared with extra supplies/tubes just in case starting out with a little extra payload on the back. Riding towards the Gunks on his usual scenic start out way, passing a few riders and leaving them behind and then catching up to a unkown rider in a Rapha kit, tunred out been a CAT2 racer coming back to riding from some kind of incident, joining up and continuing together for a while -- climbing Yeagerville -- Peekamoose, where he eventually left -- continuing to Woodstock, plan to get a coffee, but way tooooo crowded, still good on water, just heading on en route towards Platte Clove (aka "Devil's Kitchen"), that turned out a little hard on the limit with those extra 12 pounds but making it to Tannersville just fine for dinner and finally to Hunter for the night. What an epic ride.


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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Rocky Point 2 Mountauk Point

Gregg's ride to the End of the world.... well Mountauk Point. A little last minute decision to join the fun, getting up about 30 minutes before ride start... all set go, good the start is just down the road.

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Fun day out, finishing at consistent pace with Trevor. Thx all.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Devil's Kitchen (ToC stage 2) pre-ride

One more day Catskills riding :) Dieter's Devil's Kitchen (ToC) pre-ride.

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Super fun group, perfect mix of strong riders.

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Even everyone knew the right way, this was confusing, but we fixed it.Local kids having fun?

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Malaucene to Veynes (Vx4)

Day 4, the return. Monday morning getting up and ready for breakfast at our hotel "Le Blueberry" in Malaucene. What this morning turned out even more sparse than the last day -- pretty much a coffee 'o le and a piece of baguette with butter and little jelly...
Putting the few items back into the pack and ready to go -- need to love that minimal stuff travel, so easy.

Heavy legged slow start, with that insufficient dinner and tiny breakfast and just little left over snacks and one bottle of fuel to get started -- hoping to make it -- seeking for the urgently next super market soon... However we started out this time on D242 winding in most scenic long waved rolling up and downs through a beautiful valley of the Provence eventually connecting to D40, D41, D72 and finally finding a little bigger cool old town with some castle like looking buildings: Montrun les Bains, around km 40. Getting some bananas, milk, yogurt, oj and fruits to charge up/make up for some recovery. Feeling better already :)
From there heading up a climb via D542 towards "Col de I'Homme Mort" (we did not went there all the way on D63, but turned left staying on D542) -- just missed to take a photo of that sign, some what scary and some what matching my feelings that moment about it.
But made it and a rewarding nice long gradual descent on D942 to make up some distance with ease followed -- winding roads, some little nice canyon like scenery -- before we finally hit a little bigger road D1074 for the final gradual slight uphill miles towards the car. Lunch in Serres then back to Veynes on D994.


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And the last visual of the most scenic parts of the return journey:


 Final words and credits to my friend Ben for picking this year's destinations and organizing the our night stays ahead of time this year! Nothing beats 4 days of freedom on two wheels in a very bike friendly and welcome region, luck with great weather, exceptional warm already, very welcome after a few too chilly previous days in Northern Germany. A few historical (or current??) iconic cycling climbs -- just good times. Thank you -- what regions may we see in future?

Totals: a evening ride and 3 1/2 days (from that 2 days with pack), 580km, 15'000m climbing.