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Rapha Festive 500 countdown

It's not many days until Christmas, and same goes for the Rapha Festive 500 challenge. As mentioned earlier I'll be tracking live with Endomondo. To ensure my kilometers will be tracked I will use two phones tracking, one to Endomondo and the other to Strava. So if my Garmin Edge 500 for some reason fails I'll have a backup. 

2 x Galaxy S3 phones takes care of back-up tracking

2 x Galaxy S3 phones takes care of back-up tracking

Main device will be my Garmin Edge 500

Main device will be my Garmin Edge 500

I've been closely monitoring the weather as well. It seems I will be riding in some heavy winds, with temperatures slightly above zero and rain mixed with snow and ice. Not the conditions you'd like to have, but then again, with perfect weather conditions this wouldn't be a challenge right? I have added a small weather widget to the left hand side of the page. That will tell you what the weather condition is at the moment here in Turku.

I will also be doing some video from my rides. Hopefully I'll receive my helmet mount for the GoPro Hero 3 before Christmas, I was lucky to be able to borrow the camera from a friend (thanks Antti!), since mine was stolen in Italy.

I will also record some video with this, GoPro Hero 3

I will also record some video with this, GoPro Hero 3

I hope you all are ready for the holidays, looking at Twitter and Facebook, it seems many of you are enjoying your last day at work today before heading for Christmas.

Drive safe!

Rapha Festive 500

For the first time ever I will participate in the Rapha Festive 500 challenge. The challenge is to ride your bike outdoors 500 km or more between Christmas eve and New year's eve. 

I will probably target on 500 km, but if the weather is good, maybe there can be more kilometers ridden, who knows. I've also decided that if I really want to improve my cycling, I need to ride more. Pretty obvious. So I've been on a shopping spree and decided to finally buy a cyclocross bike. Now I'm able to track both hours and kilometers even during late autumn, winter and early spring, not just spinning on the trainer indoors. I'm really excited to be honest. The bike I bought is a Felt F65X 2014 cyclocross bike. It's not the lightest nor the most expensive one, but damn I like how it looks and feels. I've just put the last pieces together and tomorrow I'll head out for a test ride, can't wait! I will surely write a review as I've tracked some kilometers with the bike.

Felt F65X 2014

Felt F65X 2014

So 9 days until the challenge starts and 9 days 'til Christmas. I just hope the weather will be somewhat okay. According to the weather forecasts, it should be pretty warm, somewhere around +0 degrees and no snow. Would have been nice to ride in white landscapes instead of the grey ones, but you have to take whatever weather you have. 

If you want to read more about the challenge you can do so on:

http://www.rapha.cc/festive-500-2013

http://www.strava.com/challenges/festive-500-2013

 

I'll try to shoot some videos and pictures and you can find them when they're created on:

The Invisible Hill Facebook page  

invisiblehillcycling instagram page

 

The routes will be uploaded to Strava and you will be able to track me live as well on my Endomondo page

 

 

Racing against feeling

Tomorrow is the last race before the main goal, Tour de Helsinki September 1st. Finally I'm able to start from my hometown Turku. Myllyn Pyöräily takes place tomorrow, a 136 km race around the Turku region and the start line is only 1 km from my door, great. Last week I participated in Eteläkärjen ajot, did not go that well due to stomach issues before the race, and still I'm struggling with the same problem. Don't know what's wrong, but fueling with a stomach like this is impossible. So we'll see how tomorrow will go. 

My number tomorrow

My number tomorrow

The start is at 10 am and I'm looking to finish within 4 hours. You are able to track me live again via Endomondo. My Endomondo page you'll find here.

I'll write you more about the two races next week.  

 

Royal Cycling

Tomorrow is the third race of the year for me, Royal Cycling (Royal Pyöräily) in Lahti, Finland. It will be a 132 km long route with around 300 riders starting. Youll find the route here. The route is somewhat hilly, and really looking forward for the hills at the end. A fast 2,8 km long uphill section just 10 km before finish. Whatever group I'll ride in, that's a place to make a breakaway in. So hopefully I'll have fresh legs tomorrow.

Elevation graphics

Elevation graphics

As usual, you're able to track my ride on Endomondo. The live tracking link should appear on my Endomondo page here or alternative you can actually follow it straight from my site here on The Invisible Hill under main menu, Races/Live tracking here.

We will start at 6 am, so once again a really early wakeup. Hopefully I'm able to get some proper sleep. 

Today was once again a great day of road cycling. A proper breakfast, coffee, and out for a short ride with a couple of short sprint-intervals just to get the legs going.

Pre-ride espresso

Pre-ride espresso

And what could be better after that, than watching a great mountain stage of Tour de France and have some proper food and coffee. Superb effort by Team Sky and Chris Froome, not to mention Richie Porte. Huge. I just hope Contador, Valverde or someone else could make it a good fight for Team Sky. If the domination is like today, it might be a boring last 2 weeks of the tour.  

Rice, chicken and green beans, my fuel-up-for-a-race-nutrition, always

Rice, chicken and green beans, my fuel-up-for-a-race-nutrition, always

So I'll keep you updated tomorrow on the facebook page with pictures from along the day. The weather should be great, hopefully my legs are great too.

No summer without wild strawberries, a must-stop when you see these on a easy ride. 

No summer without wild strawberries, a must-stop when you see these on a easy ride. 

Until next time, enjoy the summer, ride your bikes!

Pirkan Pyöräily

The second race of the year will take place tomorrow. Pirkan pyöräily takes place in Tampere, and the distance I will participate in is 134km. You'll find the route here. I will join the group that will chase the fastest times below 4½ hours. Will be interesting to see how I'll hang in that group. 

Fueling up

Fueling up

In Pirkan Pyöräily there is no one taking care of the pace keeping but the group itself. This will mean I need to work partly during the whole race which is something totally new for me in a race.  

A couple of easy rides behind to get the legs ready for tomorrow

A couple of easy rides behind to get the legs ready for tomorrow

The start is at 8 am, which means I need to start driving towards Tampere already at 5am, the latest. That's why I'll keep this post kind of short, and head for bed now. As before you can watch me live on Endomondo  here. And I'll try to post some photos to the facebook page also as it happens. 

 

All set up

All set up

So hope you'll stay tuned.

Enjoy your Saturday evening!

 

Giro d'Espoo 2013

So tomorrow it will begin, Giro d'Espoo 2013, my first "race" of the year 2013. The route is the same as last year, 111 km with small rolling hills along the route. The bike is cleaned, the bag is packed, ready to roll.

Giro d'Espoo route

Giro d'Espoo route

Today we took a short easy spin with a couple of short sprints to get the legs ready for tomorrow. Some small issues with my right knee, hopefully it will be fine tomorrow.

Great weather for an easy spin

Great weather for an easy spin

Last year I had a live tracking gps device from the organizers, this year I will use Endomondo to track. So you will be able to follow me live tomorrow as well. A live link will be posted to my twitter feed @mipaulin. A link should also appear on my Endomondo page here. The start is at 11 am Finnish (Helsinki) time (EEST). You can always check the local times from timeanddate.com

I'll be posting photos on The Invisible Hill facebook page as it happens, so if you're interested of how the day is progressing, you can go to the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheInvisibleHill.

I'll get back to you again after the race, with a race report. Meanwhile, enjoy your Saturday evening, let's hope it will be a good Champions League Final! And if you at some point have been wondering how good or bad I am as a cyclist, you at least know I'm far of being professional, below you see why:

The difference between a professional and me. Unshaved Monkeylegs

The difference between a professional and me. Unshaved Monkeylegs

Happy pedaling folks!

The season grand finale?

Tomorrow, Tour de Helsinki 2012 is upon us. Yet another year of cycling coming to its end here in Finland. There are probably a month left of the outdoor cyling season, before the snow takes over. Sitting here looking out the window would probably indicate less than that. Rain and +12 degrees is not the condition you want to go out cycling. Adding a back ache doesn't make it much better. But nevertheless, I'll be on the starting line tomorrow at 11am finnish time. 

The weather for Helsinki tomorrow looks a bit better though. Between +15/+18 degrees with possible showers and quite windy conditions. Could be worse.

The start is at 11am and our pace should place us at the finish line at around 15:15.

We will jump into a group that will hold on to a pace of 32km/h. I hope I can just ride with that group 'till the finish.

Fueling together with VueltaThe bike is prepared, I hope the fueling is ok, and hopefully the back will last those 4+ hours on the bike tomorrow. I'll probably have to end my cycling season after this race, and get my back in shape so I can start building for the next season. My wish for tomorrow is to finish, nothing more, nothing less.

Preparing the bike. Probably even more important heading for a soaky rideI'll use the Endomondo Live tracker tomorrow, and a link to that live tracking will be posted tomorrow at around 11am via my Twitter and Facebook. If you don't have the possibility to follow either one, the link should be visible on my Endomondo page here.

 

I'll get back to you with the race report next week.

Have a good one!