Información sobre erwinsikkens_com

Party pacing gravelista, bikepacker, photographer & general creative person living at the Veluwe, Netherlands.> Komoot ambassador 💚
> Shimano Gravel Alliance member, riding awesome gravel events 🤎
> Cannondale & Schwalbe ambassador
> Brain behind the GREEN DIVIDE
> Photographer / writer for Mantel.com, Shimano, Wielrenblad, Bicycling magazine & others 📸
Follow my bikepacking and gravel adventures via Instagram, GravelUnion.cc and here on Komoot 🔍


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  1. Merlijn Spenkelink y erwinsikkens_com salieron con la bici de gravel.

    Hace 3 días

    59,2 km
    17,4 km/h
    1.190 m
    1.190 m
    A René, Raimond y 38 más les gusta.
    1. Merlijn Spenkelink

      Horrible route thanks to Juul van Loon! Suffer and enjoy in the beautiful Reichswald. There are many climbs above 10 and sometimes even 20%, as well as beautiful wide gravel roads and beautiful forest paths.

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      • Hace 3 días

  2. erwinsikkens_com y Bastiaan Gaillard salieron con la bici de gravel.

    14 de enero de 2022

    66,2 km
    19,8 km/h
    600 m
    570 m
    A Boele, Dirk van der Meer y 72 más les gusta.
    1. erwinsikkens_com

      No such thing as a cycling season. Every season is cycling season!To reinforce this, I jumped with mr. Shimano Benelux: Bastiaan on our GRX Di2 gravel bikes to enjoy the wonderful gravel backyard of Arnhem in the winter mist.50% local gravel paths and climbs in Arnhem.
      50% gravel classics a little further north on the Veluwe itself.
      100% enjoy.

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      • Hace 7 días

  3. erwinsikkens_com planificó una salida en bici de gravel.

    10 de enero de 2022

    69,9 km
    11,4 km/h
    390 m
    390 m
    1. erwinsikkens_com

      The Veluwe is a playground for the gravel bike!
      Certainly from the centrally located Elspeet you can go in all directions, in terms of direction, but also in terms of diversity in paths and landscape... and this playground route does exactly that.
      Starting in Elspeet, it heads north towards the always beautiful Vierhoutse heath. Stop at the lookout tower or cycle on towards the winding jeep tracks in the Willemsbos, followed by the natural singletracks in the Hendriksbos and Zandenbos.After just under 30 kilometers there is the option of a coffee stop or even a tasty bite in Vierhouten, but cycling on is definitely worth it, because Kroondomein het Loo is waiting! Few singletracks there, but above all wide and hard-packed sand and gravel roads. One even more beautiful than the other.In Hoog Soeren (km 49) and at Aardhuis (km 54, just off the route) there is again a possibility for refreshments at local catering establishments, after which the final is a fine combination of well-known gravel roads such as the Hofweg towards Uddel and less often ridden trails and singletrack.Once back in Elspeet, the pancake restaurant is a must!Practical:
      Start / Finish: Elspeet
      Parking: various free parking spaces in the center
      Bike: gravel bike or MTB.
      No vignette obligation.
      Please note: large parts of this route are closed from September 15 to December 25 (Kroondomein).

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      • 10 de enero de 2022

  4. erwinsikkens_com y Dave Klomp salieron con la bici de gravel.

    9 de enero de 2022

    46,1 km
    18,6 km/h
    260 m
    260 m
    A Nicooo, Martijn y 75 más les gusta.
    1. erwinsikkens_com

      The Crown Estates are open again and we celebrate that with a wonderful tour on some of the less traveled trails of the area.Because these are not the well-known tight gravel roads, it was often very muddy due to the rain of the past few days. The rain we got on our roof didn't work in our favor.Despite the rain, we enjoyed a wonderful trip... because the Kroondomein never disappoints! :-)

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      • 9 de enero de 2022

  5. erwinsikkens_com salió con la bici de gravel.

    1 de enero de 2022

    56,2 km
    17,9 km/h
    480 m
    480 m
    1. erwinsikkens_com

      Hi 2022, here I am. Let's make it something beautiful!A wonderful kick-off to the new calendar year with a gravel ride through the Deelerwoud and the always beautiful Loenermark. Wonderfully mild weather and beautiful nature... it doesn't get any better on January 1!Happy new year everybody!Oh yeah. Are you following this route? Officially you need the MTB vignette from Natuurmonumenten for a small part. So get it before 2022... you can enjoy it all year round!

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      • 1 de enero de 2022

  6. erwinsikkens_com y Bjornridesꓸcc salieron con la bici de gravel.

    18 de diciembre de 2021

    72,4 km
    18,8 km/h
    60 m
    50 m
    A Andre Arends, pauwken y 62 más les gusta.
    1. erwinsikkens_com

      The Komoot Grally, it's back, in the beautiful Breda and surroundings. this time.The Komoot Grally is a gravelevent, but not like 'all' others... with this one you have to work in pairs!You will receive a manuscript beforehand - just like with the alleycats on which this ride is based. That manuscript contains a number of Komoot Highlights that must appear in your route, as well as a number of other game rules. Rules like: don't drive on the same path twice, drive at least 70% unpaved outside the city and drive a perfect square in the route... With all these directions you build your own route in Komoot.At the start we received part 2 of the manuscript, with various additional photo assignments for the road. The scavenger hunt is complete! Unlike an original alleycat, the Komoot Grally, as you have already read, is not about speed, but about the most creative route, nicest photos and therefore the best adventure in the saddle!Because everyone drew their own route, but there is overlap in the highlights, you ran into other participants at the strangest moments. Sometimes we drove for a while together with Bram Tankink and Tom Leezer for example... the other moment they drove towards us again.In addition to a nice coffee start at the cozy and bicycle-friendly KAMU, we rounded off the party perfectly at the Frontaal brewery, where we drank a specially brewed Komoot beer that certainly left us wanting more! The cleaning station of Dynamic also came as called after this sometimes muddy trip... the bikes went back clean in the car ;-)Thank you KAMU, Bjorn, Brouwerij Frontaal, Dynamic and last but not least Komoot for this wonderful day in the saddle!

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      • 19 de diciembre de 2021

  7. erwinsikkens_com y GravelUnion salieron con la bici de gravel.

    9 de diciembre de 2021

    A José Velasco, Norbert Stuip y 31 más les gusta.
  8. erwinsikkens_com salió con la MTB.

    25 de noviembre de 2021

    A Fonz, Andre Arends y 24 más les gusta.
    1. erwinsikkens_com

      Where the weather forecast predicted 'only' heavy rain the night before, it turned into a ferocious storm during the short night in Santa Cruz de la Palma. Pouring rain and thunder storms across the island. Combine that with slippery climbs and a high cold peak where I would also be a target for lightning. With the limited energy in my body it would become impossible and choose to scratch anyway.Once outside the apartment door, I step out into the pouring rain and am already soaked within a kilometer. Not long after I arrived at the port with Sofiane, Josh and Marco for the early boat back to Tenerife, the message from Matteo, the organizer of GranGuanche: "It is not recommended to cycle La Palma in these circumstances".It is 'only' 110 kilometers to the end of the race. The finish line is within reach. But 12 hours of cycling in these conditions has nothing to do with pleasure and that was what I was most interested in in the first place. I'm not doing this race for a statistic, but for myself and I look back on my first ultra experience with satisfaction. I can live with the letters DNF (did not finish) after my name.Once back in Tenerife, I cycle with the first finishers, including winner Oscar, through Los Christianos. We hand in our GPS trackers at a local bike shop and go to the finisher's hotel.In the evening we all sit down to a delicious dinner and the beer flows freely. "I will never do this again", I say to the rest with conviction. Josh, winner of many ultra races, tells me that I'm still going to think: "Whether this is after five nights of sleep or after five beers, we'll see."Five beers later, I agree with him: Riding Ultras is great.----
      Curious about the rest of my GranGuanche adventure in the Canary Islands? Check out my komoot Collection for the whole adventure!

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      • 4 de diciembre de 2021

  9. erwinsikkens_com salió con la MTB.

    24 de noviembre de 2021

    A Fonz, Andre Arends y 39 más les gusta.
    1. erwinsikkens_com

      I wake up after a good night's sleep. I look rotten, but I feel better than ever. The night before I was still thinking about giving up and scratching, but the unwritten rule to never scratch in the evening or at night turns out to be not without reason... I don't even think about scratching anymore and I feel like cycling again.Around 09:00 I get back on my bike and from the first kilometer it goes up steeply again. Today the climb to Teide is on the program. Not literally to the top of Teide (at 3715 meters the highest mountain in all of Spain), but a nearby col, which I cycle up unpaved.The gravel climb is fantastic. Never really steep and maneuvering up through the woods, with the occasional glimpse of the top of Teide. I follow a lesson from my own book and 'party pace' up. I am overtaken by the first person in a long time, a Polish boy. We ride together and I'm having a lot of fun. I let him go too, he's going too fast for me. I actually flipped the switch. I want to drive without rush.Further on the vegetation suddenly stops and I drive in a beautiful open volcanic landscape. The wide gravel road winds its way up and sees that the landscape around me is constantly changing color. I think it's beautiful and I enjoy it. I stop regularly for a photo until I finally reach the top of the climb at kilometer 53. That was quite a climb!The descent goes up and down in a typical GranGuanche way, but often goes over wide gravel roads. When I stop for a photo Michael from Denmark passes me. We already rode together at the start of the race and now we continue the descent together. The only break in the fun is a short hike-a-bike where the gravel road has swept away. But I have energy for it again. My fun is back!In the village of Vilaflor we even drink an IPA beer together. We can still catch the last ferry of the afternoon to La Palma, Michael suggests. I hadn't even stopped to think about that. But now that I write this, I know that due to the delay I will arrive late for La Palma.The weather reports have been predicting a severe storm on the last island all week. And that storm will arrive tomorrow. I wonder if it makes sense to make the crossing, but when we arrive in port we choose to do it anyway. That evening I was invited to sleep in La Palma in an apartment in Santa Cruz de la Palma with Josh, Sofiane and Marco, who finished earlier today and are recovering from their race.I decide with the others on the boat on the way to La Palma to continue cycling. We arrive at 06:30 in the port of La Palma. For the sake of convenience, we'll just dismiss the weather forecasts. It'll be fine, we'll see. For the second time I share the mattress with Marco for a short night.----
      Curious about the rest of my GranGuanche adventure in the Canary Islands? Check out my komoot Collection for the whole adventure! komoot.nl/collection/1373853

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      • 4 de diciembre de 2021

  10. erwinsikkens_com salió con la MTB.

    23 de noviembre de 2021

    A Bjorn Alkema, Fonz y 31 más les gusta.
    1. erwinsikkens_com

      It's 7:30 in the morning and I feel some energy when I arrive in the northern port of Tenerife. I'm in a fast group again. These people are faster than me on the previous island of Gran Canaria. They finished many hours ahead of me at the harbor but the ferries are causing delays and I am once again clumping together with the fast guys and gals of the race. On paper, then, because it gives a distorted picture.Immediately at the first gas station I squeeze the brakes and let the rest go. I take my time for my supplies because I 'only' have to cycle 50 kilometers today to a hotel, where I want to get a good night's sleep. The majority of today is also on asphalt, so I expect that I should also be able to do well at a leisurely pace. But nothing is less true.I'm already wrecked from kilometer 1. The too fast start from the start in Lanzarote, my too heavy bike and especially my lack of sleep, are increasingly breaking me physically and mentally. I toiled up the asphalt climb, which isn't all that steep. Still I cycle in my lightest MTB gear and I have to stop regularly to recharge myself.At the top of the climb it is cloudy, just like on Gran Canaria. It's fresh and foggy. It doesn't bother me much. I feel empty and creep mile after mile, buoyed by sporadic messages from dotwatchers via Instagram. A small bandage on the wound.A beautiful unpaved descent and a nice stopover in La Laguna later I feel a bit better. Only 6 kilometers to the hotel. Somewhere in those 6 kilometers I break. The road continues to climb just too steeply. The route has turned into a busy highway here and my legs don't want to anymore. I'm about to break and I'm sure I'm going to scratch. I'm going to stop the race.However, an unwritten rule comes to mind: never get off in the evening or at night. I postpone the decision and move with everything I have to the hotel, where after a wonderful shower I am ready to fall asleep on the best bed ever.But I was sure: tomorrow morning I'm going to scratch and take a taxi to Los Cristianos on the south side of the island, where the 'finishers hotel' is after the finish on La Palma. I fall into a deep sleep.----
      Curious about the rest of my GranGuanche adventure in the Canary Islands? Check out my komoot Collection for the whole adventure! komoot.nl/collection/1373853

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      • 4 de diciembre de 2021

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