Rapha Festive 500 First Half

It's been a couple of long days in the rain. As said earlier, I was able to begin my Rapha Festive 500 a couple of days late, hence I've been spending more time in the rain than what feels good...

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The weather has been as the forecast promised, rain, rain, wind, chilly and some more wind. After 3 days in the saddle now, every day has been rainy, especially yesterday's 100 km ride, rain from beginning 'til end. And winds have been around 8-10 m/s on average. So really some pretty hard and long days in the saddle for my legs that really aren't i shape. Having said that, I'll let you browse through pictures instead of me complaining about the weather and sore legs.

Warm-up ride

On Wednesday night after arriving home I took a short warm-up ride before the "real" rides.

 Cycling in darkness

Cycling in darkness

 Lights on

Lights on

 Stylish

Stylish

 Foggy

Foggy

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 1

On Thursday I tracked some 85 km. It was windy and grey.

 Ready?

Ready?

 Is that the sun?

Is that the sun?

 Kirjalansalmi

Kirjalansalmi

 View from the office

View from the office

 View from bottom

View from bottom

 Short stop

Short stop

 End of the road

End of the road

 Finnish landscape

Finnish landscape

 Mud

Mud

 All smiles..

All smiles..

 No asphalt around

No asphalt around

 Second stop

Second stop

 At the sea

At the sea

 Ridesnack

Ridesnack

 And coffee of course

And coffee of course

 Black gold

Black gold

 It has been a really stormy winter so far

It has been a really stormy winter so far

 More sand

More sand

 Misty roads

Misty roads

 Find the Felt

Find the Felt

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 2

The second day was all about rain and wind. + 5 degrees, 8 m/s and rain from the beginning until the end. 100 km tracked, I was pleased with that. Actually, once you've been riding for 3 hours in constant rain, you can laugh about it! Some of the pictures are not that great quality, I blame the weather.

 Grey again

Grey again

 Ridesnack for today

Ridesnack for today

 Raindrops keep falling on my head

Raindrops keep falling on my head

 Wet roads

Wet roads

 Finnish archipelago

Finnish archipelago

 Felt waiting to get moving again

Felt waiting to get moving again

 View from the office, more rain

View from the office, more rain

 Naantali sun

Naantali sun

 

 

Rapha Festive 500 - Day 3

Today was a shorter day in the saddle, only 74 km. The weather was slightly better than yesterday, 10 m/s + 5 and rain only the last 1,5 hours. After this ride I've also tracked 57 % of the Rapha Festive 500 total. Great!

 Today's fuel

Today's fuel

 Finnish forest

Finnish forest

 Forest Felt

Forest Felt

 Exit

Exit

 More Finnish landscapes, grey and wet

More Finnish landscapes, grey and wet

Only some 200 + kilometers to go, and no rain tomorrow (they say..). 

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3