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201 Lars Ytting Bak (Denmark)

I know him since

the days he was riding for Team CSC and he also lives in Luxembourg. So this year I am cheering for him. He is riding for Dimension Data and I was ecstatic when I found his name on the start list of the Tour.

I will go to the hotel where the team is staying on Friday (the day before the Grand Depart and the day after the Team Presentation) and talk to him. I would ask for some goods (caps or something) and in return I will pledge my deeds. I will keep painting his name on the way.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [201 Lars Ytting Bak (Denmark)]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. 2019/07/03(水) 16:35:45|
  2. Bike Races
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Mazda Toolbox and Navigation data updates

There's been an update

How did I miss it? The update has been available since February 2019 according to the message on the software program "Mazda Toolbox", which to me a bit comical name but that's their choice.

I was expecting at least an update around the time the French authorities changed the speed limits on rural roads from 90 km/h to 80 km/h last year just around the time for the Tour de France 2018.

They used to send me (at least "once") a notice when a update was available and I guess they had stopped after only one time for me.

This update dated February 2019 must include the French rule changes and other changes of roads.

But hey, it is July 2019 and they only give me an update issued back in February? That's it?

Anyway, my Garmin Camper 660 is fine, the TomTom app on my iPad mini 2 is just fine (and up-to-date) and now the navigation data on my Mazda MX-5 is up-to-date (at least). I will have a good time this summer.


In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Mazda Toolbox and Navigation data updates]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. 2019/07/02(火) 16:26:11|
  2. Mazda MX-5
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Saris Axis (2-bike) bike rack installation

Saris Axis 2-bike rack installation is done!

It was done in a hurry, of course. I was with Hannah and I don't have much time before my vacation. I did not shoot a video. I took some photos.

I did the so-called unboxing and to my dismay I found pieces of plastic in the box that had broke off the rack. It still functioned but I was not too happy.

The installation on the (European style) hitch ball was easy. The trick, as described in the installation manual, was to shake the rack as you tighten the fixing nut (ring). The spanner (wrench) provided by Saris is found in the box is simple but works. After you tighten the ring, you have to shake the rack softly to see if the rack is securely tightened. Repeat this process several times until the rack is securely fixed.

I put my bike on it and tightened the straps (three of them) on it without the wheels. And then I put the two wheels on it after applying the ZIPP wheel sleeves on them. The bike is securely fixed on the rack. I drove my beloved Mazda MX-5 for a while with the bike and found it very good.

The only additional thing I added was two short bungee cords to keep the front fork (wheel) from steering. When the front wheel steers, it hits the car or I can not open the boot lid as the handle bar is too close to the lid.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Saris Axis (2-bike) bike rack installation]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. 2019/07/01(月) 16:23:07|
  2. Bikes and related things
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The road book is ready but I am not

The road book (detailed information booklet issued by A.S.O.) is ready

On the other hand I am not ready. I am going to use this PDF and delve into its contents as a guidance to decide where to go and what to do during the stages, where to stay at night and then when and how long to drive before stopping.

First of all, I have to cut up the road book into pieces as it has a total of 244 pages, viewing it on my old MacBook Pro 2010, iPad mini 2 or Google Nexus 5X could be a nightmare if I do it on its entirety.


I have basic watch plans and basic rules.

1. If the stage is flat, I usually wait at the Feed Zone.

2. If the stage is hilly, I usually choose the one that the peloton passes before 3 to 4 o'clock so that I have still time to drive to a camping site near next day's watch spot.

3. If the stage is a mountain one, I usually choose the mountain where I see friends, the highest mountain, where I have never been or a popular mountain.

4. I want to find a camping site before 20:00 as they are likely open until around 20:00 during summer.

5. A typical day's drive should be up to around 200 km or 250 km.

6. When possible, I want to climb some mountains if I can (physically).

7. I want to entertain myself by painting on the road.

There could be more smaller rules but they are not important.

A short jump: Tarbe - Tourmalet (Stage 14) to Limoux or Foix
A mild jump: Limoux - Foix (Stage 15) to M*icirc;me (Rest day)
A big jump: Albertville - Val Thorens (Stage 20) to Paris

Only the last jump can be a bit of pain. Others don't really matter at all. So the planning can be easier. Just following the simple rules of 1 to 3 can shape my itinerary automatically.

I was trying to split the PDF pages (244 pages in total) so that I can easily browse them. macOS's standard Preview software can do it theoretically but my weak MacBook Pro 13-inch 2010 proved to be too weak to handle the task. Preview hanged every time I tried to cut page 30 out of it. I had several successful splitting before this page but this page 30 is full of layers (Stage 1 map so it has a lot of data).

I had to purchase a software program on App Store to do the task. The cheapest I could find was called "PDF Split" and I could successfully split all of the pages into single pages. Now I can start.



In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [The road book is ready but I am not]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. 2019/06/29(土) 07:51:04|
  2. Tour de France
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No time, no plans!

I have no time

I don't have any time to sit and plan for my vacation and the vacation is coming soon. The Tour de France 2019 kicks off on Saturday, July 6th but I leave for Brussel on Thursday, July 4 to see the Team Presentation.

Bob Jungels was not selected. He is not there this summer. Who should I cheer for? I have a vague idea what to do during the Tour.

For some unknown reasons (territorial?), Amazon Germany refused to deliver some T-shirts that I wanted to wear. "Trump 2020 Re-elect Make Liberals Cry Again" T-shirt!! They don't deliver it to me.

If I have no particular individual to cheer for, I would cheer for President Trump. I will keep painting something like "Trump 2020" "Make liberals Cry Again!" or "(Your Nation) First!" I have no doubt that people around me eventually ask me to do some names as usual and as usual I would ask for something in return.

I don't have time to make plans. Oh my God! I have to make plans. I don't travel and drive aimlessly.

I am planning to stay at a camping site in Overijse near Brussel for the first few days. This place is not too far from Brussel but not too close to it, either. I know the town (Finish of BP, Brabantse Pijl) and it is a relatively quiet place with a lot of green.

Then where should I drive to? I have no idea for the moment. I simply haven't had the time to look for possible candidate places to watch the race.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [No time, no plans!]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. 2019/06/26(水) 16:26:06|
  2. Tour de France
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