Back in England, Martin was avid for the weekly chaingang sessions in Cambridge. As he missed these rides, he just simply introduced them here in Luxembourg too and hence since a couple of weeks, every tuesday evening a growing number of cycling enthousiasts meet @Britannia for the “Belgian circle”:
Martin’s description and introduction (facebook page)
This is the official Chaingang Luxembourg group for all cycling enthusiasts.
The idea of a “Belgian circle” is to ride the same loop (every week, around 60-80km) with as many riders as possible in a group for as long as possible & especially as fast as possible. It has to be a smooth change of riders at the front all time, similar to a TeamTimeTrial.
For All of you who have never done a Chaingang before:
– be careful….it is like a drug & you are quickly addicted! (seriously)
– the ride will be a “Belgian Circle” which means continuous rotation within the group
– a group is split in at least 6 – up to 12 riders (not more, otherwise it gets too dangerous & crazy)
– it is every tuesday & we always follow the same route (therefore I appreciate help with planning the route)
– start is 18:30 which should be possible for most of us & takes between 1:30-2:00 hours
– Attention! This ride is a dropping ride which means if someone has bad legs/puncture etc. he has to ride home on his own. So, no one is waiting (although, it is possible due to the course that you can shorten & hang on on another location)
I certainly know that this is an ambitious goal, but I would like to see in future +100 people at the meeting point (like with my Cycle Club in Cambridge, where this is the case every single week, irrelevant if someone has/had a race or not.
Every rider has to make an effort that everything runs smoothly (lights etc.)
Interested? Would you like to join the ride or get more details about the chaingang? Then please go to the FACEBOOK PAGE, which is updated every week.
Just for the fun of it, Martin and I started a couple of weeks ago a list with 50 things we want to do before we turn 50. We allowed ourselves a couple of years to do it;) Which first sounded really easy, has proved to be quite challenging. Both of us have already travelled and done quite a lot of things, events, “extreme” sports (which all emerged to be not that extreme, well or at least not extreme enough) and less extreme ones like you can see on our little selection of images on the banner picture above.
Of course we will keep you updated about our progresses… so here’s our list:
Check out Orca’s “Best Places to Swim”, a worldwide community for triathletes and open water swimmers, where you can add your favourite swimming locations in order to help other athletes.
I have just added my favourite lake in Luxembourg, the Stausee Uewersauer/ Lëltz: http://www.orca.com/int-en/community/best-places-to-swim/ Enter Luxembourg in the search engine to find it.
We just happen to have there a very nice 3+km swim last wednesday evening with the Trilux Club. It was the furthest I’ve ever swum, so I’m quite proud;) Perfect water temperature and it was even quite magical with the sunset so that I was just once thinking about the big fishes in the water;)
My races at the beginning of the season are not really worth to talk about as I came 5 (!!) times down with flu and cold in England. Impossible to do any half constructive workout…
Returning from England, Martin and I did in Luxembourg the Olympic distance triathlon in Rosport, a small but high quality event, which is well organised and has a fantastic bike course. The third place in my age group was a pleasant surprise but to be honest it was more the result of the chronicle lack of young women in triathlon than my performance;) After Martin’s participation at the 70.3 Luxembourg in Remich, we left for a couple of weeks of training, hiking (and competing) in the French Alps. By the way we had lovely weather, lots of sunshine and during weeks over 30°C or more even at 1300 metres. Awesome!
So there I was a week later at the start of the XTerra Switzerland, not that fit as I planned and should be at this point of the season but able to do a strong swim – at least for me. In the last weeks I worked a lot on my open water swim skills, mainly to convince myself that no fish or “shark” is coming up from the dark depths of the lakes and rivers to eat me lol. By the way is my new black-orange wetsuit not looking great? I love it!
The mountain bike course was more technical than I could train for but I improved during the 2 laps. My main problem was that a good part was going over bumpy cow fields. While I do use clipless pedals on my road bike, I have not yet convinced myself to “tie” my feet to my bike when off-roading. The result was me getting thrown back and forth pretty well sometimes having difficulties to stay with my feet on the pedals. I have to work on this!
The run was two loops around the lake and was fairly good. Again a third place in my AG, like I said chronicle shortage of women in endurance sports;)
Like other Swiss sports events that I have attended, this one turned out to be again a slight disappointment in several aspects. Inaccurate information, monetary extras and offering average events for higher fees definitely leave a bitter aftertaste. I remember paying last year additionally CHF10 for parking, at another run CHF15 for a bit of massaging after a race, here at the XTerra I had to pay CHF30 for a day license, which was not mentioned on their website. CHF10 for a small portion of pasta!? The regular cheap polyester t-shirt but in a different size than the one I indicated during registration (weeks in advance). Oh not to forget a piece of cheese for my third place. The prices may be adapted to Swiss salaries but then again no one should wonder that foreigners avoid travelling and doing events in Switzerland. Don’t forget that also other countries have beautiful mountains. To be honest, if I would have known in advance to how much this race would add up, I would not have done it. That’s why I decided to avoid from now on if possible Swiss events. By saying this, I don’t want to offend but it is just simply my personal point of view.
So my last Swiss event for now was the Ultra Trail of Verbier ‘La Traversée’, where 61 km and 4000+ positive and 4100+ negative altitude metres have to be covered. Except for the hidden costs of the shuttle bus (10CHF), which should definitely be included as otherwise you don’t get to the start of the race (start in La Fouly, arrival in Verbier), this time you got at least a decent souvenir gift: quality socks and finisher t-shirt from Compressport. The race itself is stunning and super demanding. It goes first up to over 2700 metres then over the mythic Grd St Bernard pass and another 3 times to over 2400 respectively 2200 metres. Believe me it takes a lot of effort and self-conquest to leave in the dark the last aid station to do 1200 metres in a 5k ascent and the last (infinite) descent to reach finally Verbier.
It was hard but I enjoyed it and for sure it will not be the last ultra trail run… maybe the Ultra Trail Uewersauer this November? 😉