It's actually great writing this seldom. Well I kind of feel bad about it, but also thinking about my last post in the beginning of February, summing up January feels like ages ago. Back then, even spring seemed far away, and now we've already put behind the midsummer celebrations.
Probably one of the most beautiful places you can take your road bike to in Finland is the archipelago. You can ride the whole archipelago trail ( 250 km / 155 miles ), or the shorter ( 100km / 62 miles ). The longer route you'll find here, and if you want to read more about the archipelago trail, you'll find some information here. I did the longer one last summer in really chilly conditions and that was one of the hardest days on the bike in rain and + 12 degrees (read the blog post here).
Last weekend I took my road bike and headed for our summerplace in Nauvo/Nagu, and the weather was very different from last year, + 25 and sunshine.
It's so amazing being in the archipelago, no cars, just the sound from the nature. Pretty much the only place where you can completely relax.
We also took a boat trip to Utö, located in the outer archipelago. Superb weather.
I often talk about food. Smoked fish is one of my favorites and that's what we did. What's better than self-smoked fish?
On the way back from the archipelago I had to make a stop. Finnish summer can really be awesome, and a warm day in June has plenty of absolutely fantastic aromas. One of them is the smell from the wild strawberries. It's hard not to make a stop and just pick a handful of them.
And what's better than coming home, sitting down in the sofa and watching a mountain stage of the Tour de France?
If you ever have a possibility to take a ride in the Finnish archipelago, please do it!
Have a good one!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Until next time, enjoy the summer, ride your bikes!
A month has passed again, and it seems the weather hasn't changed a lot since last update. Rain and chilly weather has been the dominant condition and that can be seen in my ridden kilometres as well. But that will change soon, hopefully. A month is a long time, so I won't bore you with long stories, instead I'll try to recap the month in pictures. Hope you find them interesting!
I also had the opportunity to try out the new ultegra Di2 groupset. It was really a neat thing to be able to change gears smoothly during climbs and putting effort on the pedals. Also it adjusts pretty accurate even if you have the chain crossed.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures, I'll be back with more stuff next week, and some updates coming up on the site as well.
Have a good one!
The Giro d'Italia is turning towards the end and my first cycling event this year, Giro d'Espoo is only one week away. The spring is once again turning into summer, and in a couple of weeks we are stepping into June, the first real summer-month, at least up here. Every season we try to find new routes to ride here in Turku, and we've found a couple of really nice routes that we've never ridden before. At some point I'll provide you with more detailed workout data on these pages, so you can have a closer look at the routes, but more about that later on.
The spring hasn't been that warm, hence we've mostly ridden shorter rides (40-90km), but before the Giro d'Espoo, I wanted to make at least one a bit longer ride (120km). So a sunny sunday I took my bike for yet another new route towards the archipelago.
I'm also happy to see our cycling community grow. What used to be just 3 guys, has now turned into a mixed pack of around 10 riders, and even if it is nice to ride alone pushing yourself to the limits, group rides are a great way to enjoy cycling and friends. Today's busy schedules made it pretty hard to find someone to ride with, but this year with more riders, we've already enjoyed a few rides together.
Enjoy what's left of spring!
Before reaching the 2000km (1250miles) mark of this year we've experienced everything from snow, icy rain to sunshine. Sunday March the 11th was the day that brought us back on the roads, with a pleasant sunny weather and some +6 degrees celcius. Yet there was plenty of snow around, which made the little breeze quite chilly.
April was quite cold here in Finland, but fortunately we had at least a couple of good sunny days to ride our bikes.
I hope you enjoyed the pics, I'll be back with more stuff again soon. The Giro d'Italia is about to start in just a couple of days and there are also other stuff on the agenda!
Cyclists often talk a lot, and we tend to sound really professional to people who know nothing about cycling. Even more important is how you talk to your fellow cyclists. I found this neat video and really recognized myself from it, and got a good laugh! This video is actually made by people with a good cause, to improve the future of bicycling for everyone.
I am for bikes. I'm for long rides and short rides. I'm for commuting to work, weekend rides, racing, riding to school, or just a quick spin around the block. I believe that no matter how I ride, biking makes me happy and is great for my health, my community and the environment we all share. That is why I am pledging my name in support of a better future for bicycling—one that is safe and fun for everyone. By uniting my voice with a million others, I believe that we can make our world a better place to ride.
Check out the website for this cause at http://www.peopleforbikes.org/
And the video!
And for all of you in southern latitudes, this is how it looks up here in northern Europe at the moment. Not taking the bike out... not yet.
Over and out!
Last night it happened after a long 16 years of waiting. Finland became the new Ice Hockey World Champions! After a slow start Finland boosted up in the second period and took a glorious 6-1 win over Sweden. Finland went crazy! The feeling on the streets was awesome, people were singing, shouting, crying and dancing long into the night. This win is important for the finnish people, bringing us together and brining up that brotherhoodly feeling we usually lack in this country.
Thank you Finnish Lions!!
Today has been a real Cycling Sunday with an easy bikeride in some 16 degrees and sunshine, and also today Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the oldest of the Classics will end the Spring-classics before Giro d'italia next month.
Some pictures from the first rides this year:
And a short video from today's ride: