I have ridden 200, 300, fleche (360) and 600 brevet so far. I got back pain (SI-joint?) after flu that I had on the Easter. Painful ailment. Still I have tried to ride normally.
Fleche was maybe the best one ever because of a good team and steady slow pace. Kuopio to Jyväskylä 24h and 360km.
Above something without brains during the fleche
Last year was my first and the last (I said after the ride) in this yearly classic ride. I had too short memory so I went again. I drove camper van to Oittaa Camping already Thursday two days before start. Friday I rested and tried to heal my back. After rest day my back was worse than normally 🙁 Saturday morning I woke up at 5 o’clock. 6am I took my bike and I was ready to ride to the middle of Helsinki where the Ride started.
Unexpectedly front wheel didn’t move at all. The tyre was too big? I have 25/28 size Spesialized something tyre at the moment on my front wheel. I have ridden over 1000km by it. Now it had become too big??
I emptied the tyre little by little until the wheel spinned again. I bought Wahoo Bolt navigator before The Ride and it was good enough and I found the starting place.
The first 20k was a group ride of 27 participants. These group rides are always too fast for me. This time I survived. I started to ride alone by my own speed. It is nowadays the best solution. Drink alone – sorry ride alone. Afterwhile I got company. The same Gentleman was on the side of the road with whom I rode a lot during the last year ride. So with the Gentleman Bob I rode the whole trip. Excluding the last 28k because he ate pizza at the last stop and I carry on riding after short stop.
The last 100k
First 500k was a quite pleasant riding. Eating and riding. Sometimes resting. Roads where good or very good. Scenery was nice.
But the last 100k was a piece of shit. The same hill all time time again and again (I felt so).
PS. The bike broke too. It creak all the time when I pumped the pedals.