Archive for October, 2013

James Williamson from Bratislava

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I started riding with the CCC about four months after getting my 1st road bike and stayed in the group until I left Egypt a couple of years later. Not knowing anything about cycling I was quickly brought upto speed by everyone in the group and introduced to the ways of the velominati!

I now own five bikes ranging from a 1961 ferry Dusika vintage racer to a full carbon road bike and yes the n+1 #rule applies. Moving to Slovakia was a shock to my legs as I’d never cycled outside of Cairo and so wasn’t prepared for the Mountains, or the European weather, last winter my water bottles froze during a ride!! But then the bikini clad inline skaters on the cycle paths in the summer make up for the harsh winter months. Cycling here in Europe is great but the CCC really is something special and it will always be where my passion for all things cycling started. Here is a photo of me at the start of a race in the Tatra mountains, I wasn’t in a fit state for photos at the end, and also one of me with Greame Obree in Scotland.

Best wishes to all the Cairo cyclists.

James
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CCC on the top of Cyprus

At the Troodos Visitor Center

At the Troodos Visitor Center

Thomas, Daniel and I inaugurated the new CCC ride in Cyprus on Oct. 15-16, 2013, with basis in Limassol. The first stage was the Mount Olympos climb, the highest peak of the island. We started in the outskirts of Limassol at 8 am, and took about 3 hours and 45 km to get to the summit at 1958m a.s.l. The first 25 km leg goes over hilly terrain with ondulations, until the Costa Supermarket, where we planned the refuelling pause. We then tackled the final ramp of 20 km, a Hors Category climb of 1332m elevation gain and average inclination of 6,8%. This slope was the main goal of the Cyprus rides.

A few km before the summit one passes the Troodos Visitor Center, with magnificent restaurants along the road that invite to step off the bike, I wonder why we didn’t do it. Thomas and Dan duelled on the way to the top and despite a couple of drops, Dan fought his way back to finish at his team-mate’s wheel after 2h44′ moving time from Limassol. This is an average speed of 16 km/h over 39.4 km, 1812 m elevation and 4.1% inclination, you guys are animals. On the summit there is a military complex with no access and nobody to take pictures, so Dan`s long arm did the job (see photo).

Mt. Olympos finishers

Mt. Olympos finishers

The second day we rode from Limassol into the mountains, to a village called Eftagonia, and then back via Arakapas and Akrounta. The route included two mountain prices of 2nd category, 5 km and 3.3 km long, but with steep slopes of 7,9-7,6 % average. We had soar legs and the climbs didn’t make it better, but after the first mountain the ride took a recovery and tourism character, so that in the break at Eftagonia a Carlsberg can crept in among the water. In the way back, we took some time to admire the forest landscape around Arakapas. Coasting on the long descent to Limassol was a great pleasure, with dozens of road turns, good grip on the road, and no traffic. After 55 km and 2h30′ ridden time, we ended at Shakespeare, an English pub with an excellent offer of beer, ideal to wrap up the cycling adventure.

Of course, the island has much more things to offer than a perfect CCC expedition for riders and their families, seeking rest, plenty of cultural sights, nice beaches, culinary experiences and of course a great deal of pain while on the saddle. Plan to join the next time.

Luis

Half way down the mountain on the first day.

Half way down the mountain on the first day.

Timo Gossman from Arizona

Hello CCC,
after riding for some month with you and enjoying the spirit of riding on hot and sandy roads next to desperate truck and car drivers, I had to leave earlier than expected because my company requested me to take another job opportunity in Arizona, USA.
Fortunately I could get a CCC jersey before I left, which now remembers me on the time spent with you and which I carry on my rides here.
Conditions are quite similar by the way, even higher temperatures, dust storms, endless roads – and similar number of punctures / mile… I’ll spot for some liners for the tyres now, but they will add some weigth to the bike at the most unpractical position – for the technicians: moment of inertia, you know… but continous repairing sucks and average speed drops even more.
Currently I’m running out of tubes for my racebike, so take at least a Arizona-picture from me and my MTB in cross-country race trim after climbing one of the local mountains here – of course proudly wearing CCC!
Good luck to all of you, keep on going!
Best regards,
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|imo Gossmann

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