09:45 Monday morning I woke up feeling rested after my monster ride yesterday: a tour of 330km around the IJssel lake.
I had slept well and caught some sleep. The night from Saturday to Sunday I couldn’t catch any sleep. I blame the full moon, and some neighbours who had a garden party until 01:30am. But oh no… the alarm went off at 04:30am! With a cloudy head I woke up, ate porridge with coffee and ready to hit the road. It was a 50 minute ride with the car to Baarn, where my 330 km challenge was launched. The bright full moon was still in the sky, the highway was covered with a low-lying fog and the morning sun told me that this day could be very nice, weatherwise. And yes, the weather was (with 28 degrees Celsius) nice, beautiful, wonderful for an awesome bike ride.
With a select group of 22 cyclists (other crazy bikers like me) I was rolling and riding in the streets of Baarn at 06:30am. Soon it became clear that the group matched very well and therefore we started with a nice average of 32 km, which we could carry on for 250 km. By experience I knew this pace would be hard for some to carry on for the last kilometres. So we stopped for a moment after the last smart food break in Hoorn. Because a few were confronted with cramp we decided we split in two groups for the last tough kilometres. The last 30 km the adrenaline shoot through our tired bodies. With a high pace we raced head over heels over dikes and through streets, we could smell the finish in Baarn. Four of us even found the strength to sprint through Baarn. We were even a little bit lost, those last kilometres. I guess our brains no longer had the necessary oxygen? Fortunately, together we could still think clearly so we decided to ask somebody.
What I haven’t told yet, how beautiful the surroundings were and how quiet it was on the cycle paths. Besides I met such nice people! It was an awesome day, even when you sometimes wonder why you would join such a tour, especially at difficult moments. 330 kilometres cycling on one day, 10.5 hours in the saddle, 369 Dutch Alt, 7.000 calories. Call us crazy: we call it passion, call it weekend.
Ride hard ride smart
Thanks to extremetourtochten.nl for organizing a beautiful trip and good cycling food! Thanks to all the riders who joined the tour for the great teamwork for 330km.