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Party pacing gravelista, bikepacker, photographer & general creative person living at the Veluwe, Netherlands.> Komoot ambassador 💚
> Shimano Gravel Alliance member, riding awesome gravel events 🤎
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> Brain behind the GREEN DIVIDE
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What do you get when Laurens ten Dam and Flanders Classics organize a ride together? That's right... a super cool combination of Flemish gravel and cobblestones from the Ronde Van Vlaanderen!As a huge fan of both, this Flanders Gravel was definitely my party! Fortunately I was not alone and besides a lot of fun gravel enthusiasts such as Laurens ten Dam himself, fellow Shimano Gravel Alliance buddy Henna was also present :-)With two lovely GRX Di2 mounted gravel bikes we tackled the tough Flemish Ardennes, with alternating cobblestones, gravel strips, concrete roads, forest paths and singletrack. A beautiful varied route with - in addition to a good lunch and several aid stations - afterwards a great gravel party with Kwaremont beer by the campfire, as it should be after a good gravel ride!Flanders Gravel was a real absolute top stage and I can therefore wholeheartedly recommend that you attend the next edition, which is already planned for July 2022:
Hace aprox. 12 horas
LtD GravelRaid... Laurens ten Dam's graveevent based on American gravel festivals in the always beautiful German Eifel.A festival weekend with campfires and great music, mixed with a wonderful route on Saturday.
The route I drove was a combination of the long first loop, with a lovely short afternoon loop after lunch at the festival site to bring the total mileage to 109km. In addition to gravel, the route also had stony shooting roads that were sometimes against the mountain bike-esque. The material was therefore well tested, but was completely in order! Schwalbe G-One Bite tires with just the right grip, super fast shifting with GRX Di2 and certainly the 40mm travel on my Cannondale Topstone made it a great ride! The cleaning booth of Dynamic's friends made sure everything was completely clean at the end of the day... a great service.The route was lovely, the party if not even better.
LtD GravelRaid is always a great gravel party!
26 de septiembre de 2021
'1981 Mosel-Radtour' Gravel TributeWhen my grandparents were younger, they were diehard cyclists, just like my parents. I don't get my own love for the bicycle from a stranger ;-)While cleaning out one of my grandmother's closets, a stamp card from the 'International Mosel-Radtour 1981' came up recently. The reason and inspiration to go on an adventure with Schwalbe... to this day exactly 40 years after the original tour!The original road bike tour took the participants in '81 from the village of Ehrang through the Moselle valley, over a total length of 115 km... with beautiful views, but also a number of beautiful climbs. However, most of the miles were covered flat to rolling by following the bike paths along the river.The 2021 route adheres to the principles of the 'Intern. Mosel-Radtour 1981', but seeks as many unpaved roads as possible. The tour now also starts near the original start and finish place near Ehrang, and the gravel route also visits the same villages and bridges as the original tour as much as possible. This gravel route does, however, look higher up a bit more often, with all the extra altimeters that entails. The most beautiful gravel roads are located here between the vines in the hills, which immediately makes it extra special! That this journey is therefore heavier than the original 'Intern. Mosel-Radtour' 1981 may be clear.What started as a find in a closet at my grandmother's house, quickly became the inspiration for a beautiful gravel ride and a tribute to my sporty family who already pedaled their miles here in the 80s on steel bicycles and in woolen jerseys. For me it underlines the timeless spirit of cycling and shows that you can find inspiration everywhere for a nice bike ride on new paths.Soon more about this tour in collaboration with Schwalbe... To be continued.
21 de septiembre de 2021
At the invitation of - and together with - Cannondale I visited the southernmost Walloon Ardennes and the French border area during a beautiful 'Smugglers Path French Borders'The Smugglers Path gravel event has its roots in the Belgian-Dutch border area south of Eindhoven, but there was also plenty to smuggle near the French border ;-) Over a series of beautiful - mainly unpaved - back roads, forest paths and the occasional trail we climbed and descended our way through the unjustly forgotten part of the Ardennes.From the beautiful sunrise to the suddenly expansive view over the northern French fields and of course the incredibly striking afterparty while enjoying a burger by the campfire... the French Borders gravel ride is one of the most beautiful rides I made this year!Cannondale thanks for the kind invitation and thanks to Smugglers Path for this wonderful ride and fun event. See you next year? ;-)
19 de septiembre de 2021
Kroondomein Farewell party 👋🏼... Komoot social ride.From September 15 to December 24, Kroondomein Het Loo largely closes its doors to the public. This is difficult for routes such as my GREEN DIVIDE, a lot of other tours... but above all it is a pity that we cannot all cycle our beloved Kroondomein paths during that period.To give the Kroondomein its well-deserved farewell for this season, I organized this 'Kroondomein Farewell Party' social ride together with Komoot.With a wonderful group of about 30 people we left from Brouwerij de Vlijt in Apeldoorn, to cycle a nice series of well-known and especially less well-known trails on the Kroondomein.
Afterwards we drank a delicious Veluwe Schavuyt beer together while enjoying bitterballen and strong stories.It was so much fun... I'm already looking forward to the closing in 2022 ;-)
12 de septiembre de 2021
#roadbikingisnotdead and that's why I dived on my Cannondale Supersix EVO road bike this Wednesday evening to ride with the 'Yellow Riders' group.Classic hard stomping on the pedals in a group through the hilly backyard of Arnhem… and come home with an average of 38.8 km/h.A wonderful sporty evening on the bike that proves that all that party pace on the gravel bike - witness the average today - is apparently also training 😎👍🏼The beer afterwards felt deserved ;-)
8 de septiembre de 2021
FINALLY!!! A new edition of one of the mothers of all Dutch graveevents... Where The Streets Have No Name a.k.a. WTSHNN.After 2 postponed editions by Covid, it finally hit... and how! All those wet days in August suddenly didn't matter anymore, now that we could enjoy this wonderful day before and after a fantastic day on the gravel bike... the Cannondale Topstone Lefty to be precise, because I was present at WTSHNN by invitation from the friends of Cannondale - thank you for that! ;-)In addition to a very striking atmosphere, good burgers and always a great Sanddiver isotonic IPA afterwards, the route was also very well put together! Several - normally closed - paths were opened from the organization, making it a party and discovery tour for locals as well.Read it... the opening on many trails was a one-off!
Do not follow this route, because checks are strict and various paths are normally forbidden to drive.
Would you like to ride those trails? Next year (or already this fall?) there will undoubtedly be a new WTSHNN!#dabeiseinstalles
4 de septiembre de 2021
Between all the gravel violence you would almost forget that it is incredibly nice to ride a racing bike… almost ;-)Living in Arnhem it is very easy to get to the Veluwe by gravel bike. Today, however, I rode my Cannondale Supersix Evo road bike nicely to nearby Germany. Wonderful grinding with the pedals over dikes along the Rhine. The holiday feeling was equal to crossing the border and the climbs in the Reichswald are - despite the bad asphalt - a real relief.It was wonderful to cycle 100 km in a few hours, while 100 km on the gravel bike often takes a whole day. Riding hard and visiting places I don't visit often… a wonderful day on the road bike… #roadbikingisnotdead
3 de septiembre de 2021
CROWN DOMAIN GOODBYE PARTY 👋🏼🌲🍻
---------------------Every year, Kroondomein het Loo - one of the more beautiful gravel heavens in our country - largely closes its doors from 15 September to 24 December.While our majesty carries out his management in this beautiful piece of nature during this period, many beautiful places are temporarily closed to visitors, except for a number of main arteries. From that one hidden singletrack just south of the Hofweg to the hilly Paalweg, or that beautiful vantage point over the savannah just outside Hoog Soeren... they all disappear under lock and key for a solid 3 months.As an ode to this beautiful area, but especially to thoroughly enjoy all the beauty that the Kroondomein has to offer, we will have our Kroondomein goodbye party on Sunday 12 September 2021. A lovely gravelly social ride! 👋🏼🌲🍻Well-known places, but also less traveled paths and with a bit of luck a hike-a-bike or two... it's all there! Of course we start the day with a nice cup of coffee ☕️ and end it with a delicious 'Veluwse Schavuyt' 🍺 and a portion of bitterballen 🧆 at brewery De Vlijt. ---------------------
Update: This social ride has now been run... But the ride is - apart from the autumn closure - still fine to ride and can therefore now be found in my 'Veluwe Gravel for the Gravelbike' collection!The beer after at Brouwerij de Vlijt is still recommended! Have fun!
2 de septiembre de 2021