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One week of vacation in April

I am leaving for Maastricht soon
It is already Sunday morning and I have to go to bed to rest. I am leaving for Maastricht in several hours from now. I am not packed yet. I will do that when I wake up.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [One week of vacation in April]の続きを読む
  1. 2024/04/14(日) 00:50:05|
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Amstel Gold Race 2024

Amstel Gold Race 2024
I don't know really but I think that the race course arrangement has been changed. In essence, men go around in a longer circuit course surrounding the finish area while women race in a short circuit course. As soon as women finish the race, men come into the short circuit.

Where should I go? I may take my Brompton to visit more places during the race.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Amstel Gold Race 2024]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車ロードレース - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2024/04/12(金) 11:54:50|
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Brabantse Pijl 2024

Brabantse Pijl 2024
I am planning to visit this race but not 100 % sure. This year (I don't remember last year's edition well but ...) the race got a refresh. The women's peloton leaves from Lennik. The finish circuit course got shorter (I guess).

In a way, it is easy to visit two or more climbs on a bike. This year I am planning to take my bike (Brompton) with me.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Brabantse Pijl 2024]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車ロードレース - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2024/04/09(火) 00:04:15|
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Paris - Roubaix 2024 summary

JetBoil original and Sumo
I recently got a used Sumo kit (Cup and the burner from the United States of America through ebay). My old old (the very original generation) kit is quite different from the recent ones. I acknowledged the improvement over the old generation products.

First of all, mine used to (for a short while as the head deteriorated quite quickly) look like this. This burner head was fragile and this burner head had to be improved promptly (I guess).
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(image 01: filched from the Net - JetBoil original stove's burner head)

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My original kit has a simple valve and its frame is not stable under cold ambient temperatures. Later they (JetBoil) developed a better valve. This silver device seems to have something to do with it. Its frame is stable even the surrounding temperature is quite low.
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(image 02: filched from the Net - Showing a silver device attached to the burner valve)

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The burner got lighter and shorter to improve the portability.
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(image 03: filched from the Net - Height comparison)

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The burner head may have a few or several generations. This is the first generation, I guess eventually they settled on the one that is in use now.

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(image 04: filched from the Net - This is the improved burner head that replaced the original generation head)

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This is the old style knob. It worked but I guess some people complained that it was not easy to turn it when they had thick gloves on where the nature required the protection from the frost bite.
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(image 05: filched from the Net - Mine has this old style knob)

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This is the knob on my Sumo kit.

Now it is easy to operate the valve with thick gloves on and it is not possible store the kit inside the cooking cup with the gas canister attached. If is it the feature to prevent accidents like gas leak, it is marvelous but if it is a design flaw, it is terrible. Is it a feature or a bug?
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(image 06: filched from the Net - My Sumo's burner has this type of knob)



Paris-Roubaix 2024
This entire blog is my diary as you have already known for long time. Sometime I address "you" as in "as you know" but this "you" is not in the second person, rather in the first person. I am talking to myself.

Anyway, I am writing this to remember what I did, how I did it or how I did it wrong. For example, I did something really stupid this year and I want to write it here.

It was Sunday, April 7th 2024. Sunny with hazy occasional clouds. (It was) Not a typical day for more dramatic Paris-Roubaix, which was completely OK for me as I don't wish for any injuries for the riders. The previous evening I decided in the motel room (Premiere Class, a French economic hotel chain) that I would just visit both the feed zones before eventually making my way to Roubaix Velodrome finish line.

The previous (Saturday, April 6th 2024) I was puzzled and frustrated as I tried to watch my portable DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast - Terrestrial) TV by the Velodrome aforementioned. I put the device in the search mode and found none of the channels that I wanted. The reception was bad and most if not all were encoded (not free to view).

The previous year, 2023, I could watch the free-to-air broadcast and could enjoy the show. How could this be? I was puzzled. The French authority (or broadcasting companies) decided to encode everything?

I was at dismay.

I left the hotel (an inexpensive motel) around 08:45. I woke up around 08:00, took a shower, packed quickly including Hannah and left. I drove to the first feed zone between "Pavé" sectors 25 and 26. I have been there before. In the end I got one bidon from an unknown rider. He threw it to me, not at me, meaning that he gently tossed it so that it would softly tumble-land on the grassy road shoulder at my feet. How nice of him!

After this I drove to the second feed zone between sectors 14 and 15. Actually I changed my mind and wanted to reach sector 14 but I failed miserably and arrived at the feed zone. How I failed? I failed to notice that my detour route (to avoid hitting the race course) would hit the very freeway ramp the peloton was going to use. How stupid of me! I had known this would happen because I had made this mistake years ago. I just forgot about it the previous night when I calculated the route on Garmin BaseCamp.

This cost me around 25 or 30 minutes. I eventually drove to the next on-ramp as quickly as I could but not as fast as I wished. Eventually when I drove close to the destination, I had to settle with the feed zone where I got no droppings.

After this, I drove to Roubaix and took out Hannah and walked to the Velodrome. This year , there was a change in the route diversion. When you (it is me, I am talking to myself) drive close to the Roubaix Velodrome, Gendarmerie officers (or other Police officers? as there are a lot of Police organization or layers in France) stop you from going into the race course. For the last many years, this diversion point after getting off the highway was the roundabout marked with a cross sign shown in the map screenshot clip a bit lower than the other.

This year (Saturday and Sunday), the diversion point was an another further up roundabout also marked with a cross (meant to be a road block) sign. This was supposed to be a nicer suggestion but turned out to be a trap. It is closer to the Velodrome but since it leads to "a" road, you get a more packed road.

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I (or "we", as there were a lot of fellow drivers) used to choose my own streets to get to the destination. There are a lot of streets around this residential area and we got less traffic on the way. For some reasons, there were some out-of-service traffic lights on the way (Police officers were there to guide us). I arrived safely but with a lot of frustration.

I enjoyed the day anyway.

Saturday, April 6th
I left Luxembourg around 07:00? maybe. It was a fine day in April. I filled up the tank on the way at a gas station along the highway in Luxembourg. I drove directly to the sector 15. It was around 10:30 and the place was quiet except for the "Paris-Roubaix Challenge" riders. There were no road block of any kinds at that hour in the morning. I could even drive to the feed zone or the area close to the sector 14. I parked my car at almost the same place as I did last year. After a short rest in the car, I got down to my business. I did some painting on the cobble stones.

After the passage of the peloton, I drove to Roubaix and saw the end of the race.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Paris - Roubaix 2024 summary]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車ロードレース - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2024/04/08(月) 20:55:57|
  2. Bike Races in France
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Paris - Roubaix 2024 itinerary

Paris - Roubaix 2024

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This screenshot clip shows the cobblestone sections 26, 27 and 28. They are featured in the Men's edition of Paris - Roubaix 2024. If you look closer at them, you will notice that the sections 28 and 26 are very close to each other.

You might think that you will watch the peloton at the early section of 28 and move (by bicycle hopefully) to the section 27 while the riders are away tacking section 27. The town (or village) of Viesly is a small one and you can move across it on foot and by bicycle in 10 minutes (cobblestone on foot and through the village by bicycle - total of 700 meters or 800 meters).

It can feasible because the peloton is not widely stretched by then. Do you need explanation? From the start (Compiegne) there are some riders who want to escape the big group. They ride relatively flat asphalted road for 90 km. By then, the gap between the escape group and the peloton could be around 5 minutes. And the peloton is normally tightly packed. You will watch the small group of riders pass and maybe 5 minutes later the big group pass followed by a host of team cars and press security motorbikes (and other vehicles of course).

You have to position yourself on the cobble where you can push your bike and walk back to the village as soon as those vehicles get scarce. Once you get out of the race course, you get on the bike and rush to the sector 26. You should be able to complete the move within 15 minutes. You have around 20 minutes (according to the time table).

Problem is your escape route. If you want to continue your day with other cobblestone sectors, you want to drive away from this area to get somewhere. You have to park your car carefully so that you can drive away as quickly as possible.

I use Garmin BaseCamp to simulate the escape routes when planning the watch plan. I love Garmin BaseCamp. I love my Garmin Camper 660.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Paris - Roubaix 2024 itinerary]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車ロードレース - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2024/04/05(金) 11:13:06|
  2. Bike Races in France
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