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Words by Mike Hadgkiss | photos by Niels Schnadt

‘Twas the month of June in 2019,
8 friends travelled to check out the Girona cycling scene.

To celebrate Mark’s big 40th year;
With bike rides, banter and plenty of beer.

With routes still undecided and only a few weeks to go;
Niels and Mike got creative in Casa veloccino.

With the promise of hills, smooth roads and one or two lakes.
Bike hire was opted for from the awesome Bike Breaks.

With plans in place, the destination was set.
A few checks of the forecast in the hope we wouldn’t get wet.

But were the plans all set? The late night messages would suggest not.
With no time for breakfast, it was half a slice of toast and that’s your lot.

With Jeremy driving though, confidence was high,
Of arriving at Stansted in good time to fly.

With the main group boarded via the priority queue,
And luggage all on board there was little else to do….

Except wait on the runway, for much more than a bit.
To wait for someone’s luggage to be taken away….what a tit.

Arriving in sunny Girona, the accommodation was really smart.
Though after 4 days of male occupation, there was certainly to be a strong odour of fart.

The first ride was amazing, smooth roads and faces a beam;
And there must be a special mention for the delightful tangerine dream.

La Fabrica was the destination the following day.
Not a town but a café and well, what can I say.

With food choices beyond your normal desires,
To kick start a bike ride, adding fuel to your fires.

The coast was the destination but not before climbing St Grau,
Which certainly left your legs spinning and needing to mop your brow.

With hairpins and switchbacks and gravel abound.
It was squeaky bum time and hoping no one would hit the ground.

Safely arriving for lunch, in Tossa de Mar;
Question was though would Mark skip lunch and just head for the bar?

Lunch was opted for though, in the form of a light bite.
Mark’s large plate though suggested his tummy was in for a fright.

The following day, a decision was needed.
100 miles or not, in the end we conceded.

Rocacorba was our chosen destination.
I was certain of a feeling of some trepidation.

The lunch stop beforehand was a beauty, a corker.
The fuel stop was needed ahead of Rocacorba.

The climbing was brutal, a test for us all.
The legs kept spinning to avoid any stall.

The summit was reached, Wes leading then Mike.
There were claims in the camp of the use of an e-bike.

Rocacorba was done, now home, please I beg.
With dual carriageways and off road and a dog seeking Mark’s leg!

The following day, the weather drew in.
Would the riding plans simply end up in the bin?

The brave 5 headed out for one last ride,
The weather was shit, I could have cried.

To the top of Els Angels, to see the finish of the time trial event.
Some wished they were doing it, their legs not yet quite spent.

So thank you Girona for opening up your secrets to us,
An amazing time spent here with hardly a fuss.

We will be back? I’m sure, this time next year.
With bicycles and banter….and more alcohol-free beer!

The post veloccino goes Girona – an ode to Girona appeared first on veloccino.

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We just returned at the weekend from our trip to Girona.

We stayed with a group of 8 for a few days. Another group arrived on Wednesday for another few days when the others left.

Expect a couple of posts coming up over the next few days. We have plenty of photos from various cycling hot spots in and around Girona and – obviously – plenty of stuff to tell about the Girona cycling festival.

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How did it go for you? Three days of riding almost felt like being away on holidays. I love the British countryside and when the weather is ace it is even more fun!

This photo was taken at Waddesdon Manor just 30 minutes (ish) from Wendover.

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The post Woodlands around Bledlow appeared first on veloccino.

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Last Saturday was my 5th London Bike Show anniversary (If there is such a thing). In my opinion the show has changed a bit and I am not sure yet if for the better or the opposite. What I still really much enjoyed was to have the chance to “touch” products you have so far just seen on social media.

This year I pin pointed exactly one brand that I wanted to learn more about…Atherton bikes.

I heard the Atherton’s were in town to display their new family brand. Especially the fact that metal 3D printing plays a large center point in the production of their bikes has sparked my curiosity! How is this going to look like!?

I am not an avid downhiller myself. I love riding off-road and I don’t fall off going down hill in a – let’s say – controlled speed. However I really enjoy watching other riders racing and I have a tremendous lot of admiration for the achievements of Rachel, Gee and Dan. This does not count just for the competition results as such, it is so much more that this family has achieved. To me they are basically the perfect picture of a very well functioning team, like a swiss clockwork. Working together to support one another, at the same time encouraging others to pick up the sport, waving the flag high for down hill mountain biking in a road cycling dominated cycle society and now starting their journey to disrupt the bike building industry with a technology known from aerospace  and Formula 1.

I spoke to Ben Farmer, one of the co-founders of Atherton Bikes about the combination of an additive manufacturing process and carbon tubing and how you could build every bike made to measure for every rider due to the way these bikes are built.

If you are into this kind of technology you might have come across more technical articles about the process of Atherton bikes already. So please find below some of the shots I have taken at the London Bike Show of Dan Atherton’s P4.0 to add a bit of colour to the technical words you might have read already elsewhere.

Thanks again Ben and Dan for answering all my questions, walking me through the process and being utterly helpful. See you soon.

More about Atherton bikes can be found here: https://www.athertonbikes.com/

and here:
https://www.instagram.com/athertonbikes

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I am currently working on a post about the “Hows”of Mallorca travelling.

How to get there reasonably cheap. How to find your route. How to make sure you won-‘t get ripped off at car rentals and so on.

The post Back from Mallorca. Watch this space. appeared first on veloccino.

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I just came across the new Willier Triestina Cento10NDR Ramato on the Willier website. Pure beauty in my opionion! The Ramato paint job follows a long history of iconic bikes.

Check the photos below and find out more on their website:
https://www.wilier.com/en/cento10ndr-ramato

All photos are taken from willier.com

The post Wilier Triestina’s Cento10NDR Ramato appeared first on veloccino.

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