The time has come to part ways with my beloved Argon18 Gallium Pro.
Ridden for one season, its got all the good stuff on it. Here is what Road.cc have to say about it: http://road.cc/content/review/77437-argon-18-gallium-pro
Its in mint condition, and outfitted with 3T everything, SRAM Red, Rotor 3D Cranks, 3T Ergonova compact handlebars, and comes with a Vision Team 25 Wheelset with about 1,500kms on them.
Its a very stiff and responsive bike. If you want to do some racing or just love the feeling of going fast then this is a great choice. Looks pretty awesome too. I’ve got a bunch of unused saddles from Fizik and Specialized that could also be an option should you look for a saddle too.
Price: 3,500 chf
Despite the raging storms and rain…I managed to get a good bit done over Christmas in Ireland. About 800km over 9 days. So it paid off! The days we did get out, for those few 3 or so hour windows, were absolutely stunning. When the rain stops and the sky clears the magnificence of Kerry is revealed. You feel like the lukiest person on earth to be privvy to its beauty.
The Devli’s Elbow on New Year’s Eve
Lyrecrompane, North Kerry
New buddies – Micheal on the left
The McGillicuddy Reeks
Approaching Bealach Oisin
New job, new town, new challenges.
2013 was a mixed year, great in so many ways; many wonderful experiences and new people to share them with. But the end of the year was very bittersweet. I gained something great in the form of my dream job at BMC, but I lost someone very close to me too.
On a lighter note, there will be a lot of positive things happeneing in 2014. How will I manage it all? A question I constantly ask myself. But somehow I always do!
Work is busy and so is cycling. In 2014 I will ride the domestic Swiss races for Bigla, one of BMC’s sponsored teams.
But my new passion is: TRACK, track > track > track > track > track > track > track > track > track > track > track.
You’re going to hear a lot more about it! I did my first race just before Christmas and I loved it, the adrenalin, the excitement – it all goes so quickly, and it burns!
Its been two weeks since I took part in the Nationalpark Bikemarathon, and as always, at the end of the season, its so nice to have more time to myself and enjoy the feeling of not having to go out and get some kilometres in one the bike. I’ve been out late, eaten loads, drank loads, done a cool hiking trip, and been able to enjoy some running again. Endorphines guaranteed, and in a 1/4 of the time compared to cycling!
The first few runs hurt a lot. I am carrying a slight injury, I strained my glute probably due to a slight adjustment I made to my saddle the week before the mtb race. But that wasn’t what hurt the most, it felt like everything around my joints and ankles just weren’t used to stabilizing anymore. No wonder, since January I can count the amount of runs I have done on one hand! But surprisingly, just after one week, I feel better and I can enjoy running again.
Ive been working my way up to 90 minutes. Mostly hill running, and today I am happy to have hit some nice times onthe ascent of Uetliberg! We’re not talking about record breaking stuff here but its somewhere to start from – until I move onto the Weissenstein when I move to Solothurn in a few weeks! Eeek!
Check out the full details on Strava:
The Eiger Bike Challenge in Grindelwald, Berner Oberland, the weekend before last, was actually my first real mountain bike marathon and I managed to squeeze a 7th place among the elite women.
The race started out well and it was nice to be able to ride as fast as the top girls, especially next to my new mate and work colleague to be – Jane Nüssli. Then I started to suffer pretty badly from back pain the steeper the climbs became. Not good considering there were a lot of steep climbs in the race! I’m putting it down to not having ridden my mountain bike enough to really get the seat position right. I’ve adjusted it since and on a ride over 3.5 hours it hasn’t been an issue.
My back cramped up so bad on the First climb though, that I did consider throwing the towel in when I had to ride across the finish area a couple of hours later, before setting off on the last climb up Kleine Scheidegg So I’m pretty proud that I carried on to finish off the 88km loop. I was expecting to come in at around 6 and a half hours and in the end I made it round in 6.35.
I feel that I have a lot more in me. Hopefully I can pull some of that out in the Nationalpark Bike Marathon the weekend after next.
Here are the results:
The course is pretty gruesome, there were so many steep climbs on gravel and the descents weren’t at all technical apart from a couple of tricky sections. I did the full 88km route which had 3,900 height metres in total.
I just found a short little clip of me riding next to Jane Nüssli at the start of the day, up Grosse Scheidegg: