Browsed by
Category: cycling

Day 50 Of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – A Floating Border Bike Ride

Day 50 Of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – A Floating Border Bike Ride

Today could be described as a Floating Border bike ride. During the bike ride I saw at least three or four patrols. One of these patrols had stopped a biker and were checking his papers, a second patrol was checking that the barriers were still in place. In a third case it was the Police Municipale driving towards me near Vevey. It’s the fiftieth day of solitary confinement for me and I have moments when I feel fine and normal,…

Read More Read More

Day 44 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – A Zwift session

Day 44 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – A Zwift session

Today the weather was rainy so I had a Zwift session. I decided to cycle the Yorkshire circuit. Cycling indoors is not as exciting as you don’t see as much. I listened to a hiking podcast but I didn’t pay much attention to the Zwift interface for at least the first fifteen minutes or so. For the first time in 44 days or more I started the car’s engine and went for a drive. I heard the engine making a…

Read More Read More

An Ingress Bike ride that passed by bisons

An Ingress Bike ride that passed by bisons

Yesterday I went on an Ingress bike tide that passed by bison. I went from Nyon to Mies and from Mies up towards Gex, and before getting to Gex, I turned towards Divonne where I met an Ingress player before heading home, as the sun was setting. I went out in the morning, dressed warmly. It was warm. Warm weather means less clothing on the bike ride. With such a great opportunity I decided to go for a bike ride….

Read More Read More

Ingress By Bike

Ingress By Bike

Ingress by bike is good when you’re in the countryside because it allows you to travel between villages faster than if you were walking and without the carbon footprint of taking the car or a scooter with an internal combustion engine. It also allows you to stop anywhere. Distance Covered In two hours I travelled about 30 km, which by ordinary cycling standards is slow. I like to cover that distance in about an hour and a half or less….

Read More Read More

Back to Cycling

Back to Cycling

Yesterday I went back to cycling after breaking my arm and letting it recover. My lower body is fine despite not cycling for a long time but the left arm still feels vulnerable. I could feel it when changing gears and when going over bumps. As silly as it sounds to wait for weeks before getting back on the bike I see that it was justified. When I tried to shift gears I could feel that the muscles for shifting…

Read More Read More

The WeWatt Bike wait

The WeWatt Bike wait

Today I experienced the WeWatt bike wait again. The first time I experienced it was when flying from Alicante to Geneva and the second time is when I was waiting to meet someone for lunch today. The principle is very simple. If you see that a wewatt bike is free for you to use you simply sit on the seat and start pedalling. The first two or three strokes are difficult but after that the resistance is minimal. Wait and…

Read More Read More

An 80-kilometre ride

An 80-kilometre ride

Yesterday I set off for a bike ride planning to go from Nyon to Gland, and then up and around before heading back to Geneva and then from around Versoix riding back to Nyon. Instead of this I rode from Nyon to Gland and decided to go further and once at Gland I rode a little further and I ended up in Rolle. In Rolle I continued going thinking I’ll turn off and head to the top of Aubonne and…

Read More Read More

Climbing to La Barillette

Climbing to La Barillette

The first time I climbed up to La Barillette on a bike it took me two and a half hours. This time it took one hour and sixteen minutes. I was going so slowly that I had to work to keep the bike upright. Since then I have gone from a mountain bike with tyres that weren’t pumped enough and soft suspension to the same bike with slick tires, hardened suspension and higher pressure in the tyres. I then swapped…

Read More Read More

An 80km bike ride to Echandens and back

An 80km bike ride to Echandens and back

During a recent walk I noticed that I could hear birds chirping, that the sun was shining and that spring seemed to be booting up. The weather held until Saturday so the conditions were ideal for a nice bike ride. The ride started at around 0840, with frost on the ground and an Outdoor Air Temperature (OAT) of around 1°c. Usually I ride alone but for once I met with a Strava user and we rode at his pace rather…

Read More Read More

Tour de Zwift 2019 complete

Tour de Zwift 2019 complete

This morning I completed Stage 9 of the Tour de Zwift. I have now finished the challenge. In the process I went from riding on the shorter events during the first stages to taking the long options for at least the last two stages. A slow start before ramping up. I don’t start the stage as fast as others. It takes me a few minutes to warm up and I have a psychological need to know that I’m over half…

Read More Read More