I’ve been sorting out my photo albums and looking back at some of the great summer cycling we have had. These 2 were taken by Adam near Torla in the Aragon region of the Pyrenees.
We did 1,024km; 9,922m and were for 64h01min in the saddle. Really enjoyed the whole trip with Ria and Ronny I think Slovenia was the most surprising country. Great scenery, friendly people and really not touristic at all.
Next year we will be parking our tandem and going back to MTB for a TransAlp with a load of our MTB friends from our Saturday group. Should be goooood 🙂
The Helinox plus points:
- super quality
- light (<1,00 kg)
- unbelievably comfortable
- seat height is good
The Helinox minus points
- bulky compared to the Thermarest
The Thermarest plus points
- super compact
- very light (<200g)
- surprisingly comfortable
The Thermarest minus points
- you sit on the floor
We haven’t actually used either of them yet so I can’t give a winner today. The both have advantages and disadvantages, weight is always a concern but I want a comfortable chair and the Helinox is more comfortable.
We’ll see which is a winner after our trip from Prague to Porec…..
Just starting to make the initial plans for our summer holiday:
Train to Prague, ride our tandem through the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia; take the boat from Porec to Venice and fly back.
About 950km and 2 decent passes to cross. 🙂
Our last ride today so we wanted to ride to the top of the island at 1,920m above sea level and as we were starting from our hotel, we were starting at 10m. 20km steady climb through Mogan followed by 6km ‘flat’ along the side of the the reservoir Presa de la Cueva de Las Ninas to be culminated by a steeper 20km climb to the top.
We were in good form even after yesterday’s big ride and took our time to enjoy the scenery on the perfect blacktop and arrived at Ayacata (1,300m) to be greeted by clouds shrouding the rest of the climb and looking like rain. A change of plan was called for so we took the road down from Ayacata to San Bartolome de Tirajana and Fataga where we stopped for a coffee and a snack because it was only 11°C and we were cold and hungry. From Fataga it is a beautiful descent to Maspalomas with just one decent climb alongside the deep canyon.
In Maspalomas we took the coast road with a tailwind to start which turned on us fo rthe last 15km. The coast road is an undulating, quiet road with excellent blacktop, 30km & 500m of ascent bringing us back to our hotel in Puerto de Mogan.
We were back in time for a swim before bringing the bikes back to Free Motion.
Today’s data: 102.6km, 2088m climb, 5:17h in the saddle.