Attended this re-issue of an old bikerace on Sunday. Start & finish: Cafe l'Affiche, Jordaan, Amsterdam
The 1st modern issue of De Ronde van de Elandsgracht was a very nice and cosy event. About 40 male and female riders attended. Various kind of riders, but all with one thing in common: a passion for old bikes. Some participants belonged to the organiser's inner circle and were bit by the bug, others just bought their first classic and saw the poster, there was a retired messenger and than there were folks like me who are quite seriously into vintage for years now.
The entourage was well taken care of. The organisation was dressed in style. Many pics were taken by a skilled photographer who shot most of them from the back of an old Triumph motorcycle. More vintage motoring: an ancient Citroën Ami 8 was present to sweep up stranded cyclists. 'Fortunately' there was only one unfortunate cyclist in the end: the Amsterdam park roads were too much a challenge for the Nagasawa rider's Continental Giro tubular. A flat. There was generous sportsdrink (beer) and sportsfood (baquette cheese) available. We also got a sweet yellow-ish/pink-ish chemical substance, but I don't think it was doping. 'Spekkies' instead.
I've been told the organisation considers upcoming March for the 2nd issue. Sure I'll be there again.
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For me personally my day on the bike ended in severe rain, wind and darkness. I had decided to cover the miles between A'dam and home all pedalling. I am l'eroica ready
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