After spending a week in Mallorca earlier this year, I was curious about Tenerife from a cycling perspective. Pro riders from Team Sky and our own Dutch hero’s Kelderman and Kruijswijk seem to enjoy the island and the weather (almost no seasonal influence) so I booked myself a nice apartment in the small fishers village El Medano in the southern part of the island. Had two great flights (via Madrid) with Air Europa in business class and after picking up my rental car at the Tenerife North Airport it was an easy 45 minute drive to the southern part of the island via the TF1 highway. Clearly this highway was not suitable for cyclists and I got to learn that later on during the week again…
After a few jokes with my coworkers about the crazy idea of spending 200km on a mountainbike during a day in December with unpredictable (probably bad!) weather, I competed in a competition to make chance on one of the last 10 entries into the race. Last week I got an e-mail from the organisers: “you’re in and have to prepare for at least 14 hours of cycling in unpredictable conditions!” Challenge accepted 🙂 There are 400 participants, I have set the goal of finishing within the top 50!
The Drenthe 200 is an ultra marathon for mountainbike, fatbike or cyclecross bike. And yes, you will experience 200 ultra-tough, but very beautiful kilometers running underneath your wheels.
So the first thing I had to take care of was getting a new mountainbike so this weekend I went to the Giant store in Utrecht and came home with this beauty: a Giant XTC Advanced 29er
Sometimes life gets a bit boring and you need a decent challenge to take everything out of it. After having some great experiences last summer, making solo trips of 250km and more I decided to take the next step. As a former 300m sprint specialist I could never imagine I would like hours after hours on my bike, but I did!
The Transcontinental Race 2016 #TCRNO4
At the end of July 2016 I’ll compete in a race across Europe*: starting in Belgium and finishing in Turkey. This results in around 3900-4000 kilometers of Europe’s finest asphalt, combined with around 60.000 meters of climbing. Like in the old days of the Tour de France: one stage and the clock never stops, riders are averaging 400+ km’s / day, no support vehicles, no support teams, no rules. Just 4 checkpoints in between. People that know me, know I’m fit for it psychologically so the biggest challenge will be getting my body in shape during the next 9 months.
More information about past three editions can be found at Transcontinental.cc
On this blog I’ll share all the challenges I will face during route planning, dieting, training, equipment choices, what to pack and which legal issues I have to take care of during my journey. Follow me via Twitter @jbobbink or add me on Facebook
*Only 250 people of approximately 350 people will be able to actually contest. If I’m not assigned to one of the 250 spots on the roster, I’ll be racing across the United States, West to East coast.