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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

 

 

Enjoying the Evening

Today I took at trip to see my family, was a long time since last time. But likewise nice to be back home as well. I've been planning my winter-training and now I'm just chilling and reading the web. Some great reading from Rapha once again, Part One: The Choice by Rigo Zimmerman. Read the whole story here.

 

There were a million things I could think of in fact that I would rather do than ride out into the barbarity of a winter's day. There always was, there always is. - Rigo Zimmerman

 

Chilling out

Chilling out

 

Chill out!

Forced to relax

Soon  7 weeks with a flu has kept me away from the bike. Well mostly off the bike. Last week I tried to make a few easy rides, but my body responded with a small temperature, sore throat and a drippy nose. Really frustrating as I can feel all muscles turn into jelly.

Early morning ride before work

Early morning ride before work

Well at least I have time to carefully plan the winter cycling season, this time with a coach. Yesterday was my weekly massage day, sometimes I feel those sessions are more mental healing than healing your body. The masseur surely does a better job than any psychologist.

Friday relaxing

Friday relaxing

I also found a neat new Rapha video, and found it to include a familiar theme.  Check out the neat short video Rapha Retreats 2014.

Wednesday chilling

Wednesday chilling

It also looks as if Belgium got some snow. Another really beautiful picture from Jered and Ashley Gruber, this time from Muur van Geraardsbergen, Belgium.

I certainly hope we won't have any snow yet!

 

Have a good one! 

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Cyclists

Christmas is approaching, but you still have some time to buy presents. Soft or hard, a cyclist will be pleased with both kinds. Here's a list of stuff I figured out a cyclist would want to have for Christmas:

Portland Design Works Bar-ista™ Cup holder

Worth $20 this is a neat thing for one who takes the bike to work (www.ridepdw.com)

Worth $20 this is a neat thing for one who takes the bike to work (www.ridepdw.com)

Stages Power meter brings a totally new power-meter experience to any cyclist. Prices starting at $699

Stages new power meter solution (www.stagescycling.com)

Stages new power meter solution (www.stagescycling.com)

K-Edge GO BIG mounts. If you have a GoPro cam, you definitely need one of these mounts!

K-Edge GoPro helmet cam mounts, are a must have for any GoPro owner! (www.acecosportgroup.com)

K-Edge GoPro helmet cam mounts, are a must have for any GoPro owner! (www.acecosportgroup.com)

If you live in Finland, you want to check out Pelago Bicycles in Helsinki for any ideas!

You'll find the Pelago Shop in downtown Helsinki

You'll find the Pelago Shop in downtown Helsinki

If you live in Stockholm, Sweden I'm sure you'll find a lot of nice stuff at the awesome Bianchi Café

Bianchi Café & Bicycles sell bikes and accessories, but they also have great coffee and food! (bianchicafecycles.com)

Bianchi Café & Bicycles sell bikes and accessories, but they also have great coffee and food! (bianchicafecycles.com)

Rapha offers a great range of quality clothing. A waterproof bag is important for anyone who takes the bike to work

R obust and compact shoulder pack made from a Cordura® fabric and finished with leather details (http://www.rapha.cc)

Robust and compact shoulder pack made from a Cordura® fabric and finished with leather details (http://www.rapha.cc)

If money is not an issue for you, then you might want to consider buying the Coffee Machine Ferrari for any cyclist!

Rocket Espresso Machine http://www.rapha.cc/rocket-espresso-for-rapha)

Rocket Espresso Machine http://www.rapha.cc/rocket-espresso-for-rapha)

Cyclepassion calendar for 2013, do I need to say more?

American endurance racer Sonya Looney (Daniel Geiger) (http://www.cyclepassion.com)

American endurance racer Sonya Looney (Daniel Geiger) (http://www.cyclepassion.com)

If your trendy city dweller friend is worth a $419 bag, then you should consider this one from ONA

Made with a light wax finish that develops a rich patina over time, the Brixton is a true beaut that’ll only get better with age (www.onabags.com)

Made with a light wax finish that develops a rich patina over time, the Brixton is a true beaut that’ll only get better with age (www.onabags.com)

I hope you found something useful for your cyclist friend, or for yourself?

Enjoy shopping!