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Rain Ride Sweetness And Whatnot
We weren’t particularly blessed with the nicest weather over the Easter weekend, but April’s been rather mightily awesome and the weekend had some sunny moments too. Monday morning it rained. My Viaje was dirty, so what the heck? I left for a short hill climb knowing that the hot shower at home was only a quick descent away. Gotta say rain days on empty mountain roads have something special that one never gets to experience on a sunny cycling day. There’s something extremely refreshing and there’s a cleanliness in the air that cannot be enjoyed in any other weather. Only wearing a rain jacket, I got home with my lower half of the body soaked to the bones. I pulled straight into the backyard and hosed down the bike, then went upstairs and jumped under a hot shower. Later, the poor Volagi got a thorough cleaning.
P.S. Keep an eye on 29in.ch for a few hot updates to Kid Dangerous. Parts are ordered and should be trickling in in the weeks coming. Some sweet stuff on the way!
Distance:40.2 km (25.0 miles)Elevation:1’048 m (3’438 feet)Time:01:46:42Speed (avg/max):22.6/67.3 kph (14.0/41.8 mph) Zoom

Rain Ride Sweetness And Whatnot

We weren’t particularly blessed with the nicest weather over the Easter weekend, but April’s been rather mightily awesome and the weekend had some sunny moments too. Monday morning it rained. My Viaje was dirty, so what the heck? I left for a short hill climb knowing that the hot shower at home was only a quick descent away. Gotta say rain days on empty mountain roads have something special that one never gets to experience on a sunny cycling day. There’s something extremely refreshing and there’s a cleanliness in the air that cannot be enjoyed in any other weather. Only wearing a rain jacket, I got home with my lower half of the body soaked to the bones. I pulled straight into the backyard and hosed down the bike, then went upstairs and jumped under a hot shower. Later, the poor Volagi got a thorough cleaning.

P.S. Keep an eye on 29in.ch for a few hot updates to Kid Dangerous. Parts are ordered and should be trickling in in the weeks coming. Some sweet stuff on the way!

Distance:40.2 km (25.0 miles)
Elevation:1’048 m (3’438 feet)
Time:01:46:42
Speed (avg/max):22.6/67.3 kph (14.0/41.8 mph)

Easy Spin Across A Few Hills

This Easter Sunday morning the sun came back out to offer a glorious day on the bike. I decided to hit a few nice climbs without being out on the bike all day. The Jeanbrenin pass, which I haven’t visited yet this year, provided just the right amount of climbing without stretching the ride deep into the afternoon. After a bit of rain the past night roads were still wet and the air was pleasantly chilly. Jeanbrenin is a great, steady climb that pretty much remains at a constant grade bottom to top. Unfortunately, this one lane road sees more traffic than I like. Today, I counted somewhere around ten cars. Too many already for my taste. On a good climb I generally meet zero to two cars. Fortunately, the second ascent from Tramelan was a lot less travelled and the descent back to Sonceboz was absolutely car-free. To finish the loop, I returned to CorgĂ©mont and this time turned left to climb across the Place Centrale. Just one car at the foot of this climb.

Distance:62.0 km (38.5 miles)
Elevation:1’889 m (6’198 feet)
Time:02:44:12
Speed (avg/max):22.7/72.7 kph (14.1/45.2 mph)

Les Gorges Du Pichoux

It’s starting to become a traditional thing that I ride this loop during the spring. It’s decently long and at the end of the day one has almost climbed 3000 meters without even realizing it. A lot probably has to do with the ever changing scenery along the route. First the climb to the Croix du Ciel with an ever present companion standing tall to the south, the Chasseral. A little later one whizzes past the tall firs of the Franches-Montagnes on the way to Lajoux. After a fast descent into Glovelier one quickly finds itself climbing along the Sorne river into the Gorges du Pichoux. Breathtakingly stunning place. A wonderful road then turns left to Moutier. To avoid the busy shortcut to Court, I take a small mountain road to Champoz. Before tackling the tough climb to the Montoz, there’s a little time to spin the legs along the Birse river, again away from the main road on a paved trail that gently follows the calm river. Once I launch into the climb, the legs usually start showing signs of fatigue. Shifting a gear or two lower, I just make my way up one pedal stroke at a time. At the Obergrenchenberg the legs finally get to pause. Now it’s just a matter of keeping excellent concentration and a sharp eye on the road descending to Grenchen from where Biel isn’t far.

Distance:126.4 km (78.5 miles)
Elevation:2’971 m (9’747 feet)
Time:05:10:18
Speed (avg/max):24.4/79.2 kph (15.2/49.2 mph)
Banana Passa Do Brasil
One strip of banana passa for every hour ridden. Zoom

Banana Passa Do Brasil

One strip of banana passa for every hour ridden.

The Stuff That Grows Along The Side Of The Road
Lots of daffodils, a bit of snow and this evening’s riding stats right below.
Distance:50.5 km (31.4 miles)Elevation:1’370 m (4’495 feet)Time:02:19:03Speed (avg/max):21.8/74.2 kph (13.5/46.1 mph) Zoom

The Stuff That Grows Along The Side Of The Road

Lots of daffodils, a bit of snow and this evening’s riding stats right below.

Distance:50.5 km (31.4 miles)
Elevation:1’370 m (4’495 feet)
Time:02:19:03
Speed (avg/max):21.8/74.2 kph (13.5/46.1 mph)

Gate Hopping

After dropping my wife off at the train station, I left for a ride with one goal in mind; blow my weekly elevation stats through the roof. I took off for a loop I’ve done in the past, slightly changing the route to be off main streets and add a bit of extra climbing. I got ten hours of sleep, but wasn’t sure if my legs would be ready after quite a bit of climbing throughout the week. Fortunately, they felt amazing each time the road started to point upwards. There were some real leg killers on the way, such as the pitch through Lordel and the steep Rue Ami-Girard. Another big unknown was the northern ascent across the Chasseral. Bus service is supposed to resume on April 19th, so I figured it couldn’t be all that bad and hiking a few miles was no big deal. The southern road is free of snow. As it turned out, the road is still closed and still under an awful lot of snow. They’ll have to run up the road with a snowblower and clean the road from snow as well as winter debris if it’s going to open in two weeks. With the 8’000 feet climbed today, I pushed my weekly total to over 24’000 feet and the legs feel super good. Stoked to start spring like this.

Distance:91.9 km (57.1 miles)
Elevation:2’452 m (8’045 feet)
Time:04:30:57
Speed (avg/max):20.3/73.1 kph (12.6/45.4 mph)
Keeping It Close To Home
After three rides this week and the idea to do something longer Sunday, I kept Saturday’s ride short. A look at the sky and the forecast had me opt to keep it also close to home. A quick spin up to the Montagne de Romont seemed like a good thing to do to give the legs a nice little workout and to bump up my weekly elevation total. As it stands now, I passed the 16’000 foot marker. While I’m not going to set myself any particular goals, this year is all about elevation. The more the better. I’ve got some rides on my to-ride list that will include 16’000 feet of climbing in just one ride. So I better get the legs used to go up mountains. The weather’s supposed to be great tomorrow. Maybe I can get up some currently still closed roads. We shall see.
Distance:37.7 km (23.4 miles)Elevation:1’030 m (3’379 feet)Time:01:39:48Speed (avg/max):22.7/88.2 kph (14.1/54.8 mph) Zoom

Keeping It Close To Home

After three rides this week and the idea to do something longer Sunday, I kept Saturday’s ride short. A look at the sky and the forecast had me opt to keep it also close to home. A quick spin up to the Montagne de Romont seemed like a good thing to do to give the legs a nice little workout and to bump up my weekly elevation total. As it stands now, I passed the 16’000 foot marker. While I’m not going to set myself any particular goals, this year is all about elevation. The more the better. I’ve got some rides on my to-ride list that will include 16’000 feet of climbing in just one ride. So I better get the legs used to go up mountains. The weather’s supposed to be great tomorrow. Maybe I can get up some currently still closed roads. We shall see.

Distance:37.7 km (23.4 miles)
Elevation:1’030 m (3’379 feet)
Time:01:39:48
Speed (avg/max):22.7/88.2 kph (14.1/54.8 mph)
Thursday’s After Work Loop
Distance:45.1 km (28.0 miles)Elevation:1’245 m (4’085 feet)Time:01:56:33Speed (avg/max):23.2/76.7 kph (14.4/47.7 mph) Zoom

Thursday’s After Work Loop

Distance:45.1 km (28.0 miles)
Elevation:1’245 m (4’085 feet)
Time:01:56:33
Speed (avg/max):23.2/76.7 kph (14.4/47.7 mph)