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Posts Tagged ‘Netherlands’

Arian & Monieke

Posted January 22nd, 2012

Arian & Moniek

“After a few holidays on bikes, we realized that there’s no more freedom than that. In 2009 we cycled all over Denmark and in 2010 to Vietnam. Both totally different but both extremely beautiful to cycle!”

“Due to these trips we decided to cycle to Sydney Australia, starting on 3 March 2012 in Breda, the Netherlands. The trip of our lifetime!!! Yahoo!!!”

Follow Arian & Monieke at World By Bike.

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Bruce Gordon

Posted January 25th, 2011

Bruce Gordon

Bruce discovered bike touring through a chance encounter with someone organising an adventure race in 2001.

“We got to talking and he mentioned a California tour he was planning for the spring. Intrigued, I asked if he’d mind some company. The rest is history,” Bruce says. The two friends now tour 2-3 times a year together on recumbents. They travel light, put in long daily distances, and end each day with a hotel and a nice meal.

“What do I like about touring? well my touring buddy summed it up best: ‘it’s fun even when it’s not fun’. I love the feel of working for the distance traveled and the way you look ahead with anticipation and respect of what’s to come. You acknowledge every aspect of each day on the road and appreciate the simplest of things. I think you’re just more in tune with the world around you. You pay attention to the sky and what it’s telling you. To the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) changes in wind speed and direction. To the varied quality of pavement beneath your tires. Temperature, precipitation, friendly honks of encouragement and blaring horns of intolerance from motorists sharing the road, all these things play on your morale throughout the day.”

“It’s hard to express to someone who hasn’t achieved for themselves, the sense of accomplishment you feel when you finally crest a summit that’s taken you most the day to reach, and then the reward of the fast flowing descent down the other side.”

“And food… Remember when you were a kid, how you reacted when someone bought you an ice-cream cone? When you are touring, all food has that affect on you.”

“These are the things I love about touring but mostly I love the simple, satisfied, exhausted feeling when I turn out the light at the end of each day.”

In 2011, Bruce’s big challenge is setting the Guinness world record for the fastest solo global circumnavigation by bicycle. Read more on his website: www.globebent.org.

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Douwe & Blanche

Posted December 3rd, 2010

Blanche & Douwe

“Bicycles are like dreams, and we are pedalling them!”

That’s how Douwe & Blanche, two Dutch cyclists who’ve been to Cuba, all over Europe and Morocco several times, introduce themselves. They say there’s no better way to see the world than from the seat of a bicycle.

“After travelling a great part of the world by public transport , we got frustrated. Passing all those beautiful stretches at a speed of 80 km an hour feels a bit stupid. So we looked for a better way to travel and there it was.. the bicycle!!”

“Since then the cycling bug got us. This is the way to get as nearest as possible to all facets of the country you’re visiting. On our website you can watch the videos we made from our trips. Enjoy and get inspired!”

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Mirella Genziani

Posted August 19th, 2010

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Mirella is a cycle instructor who has biked in many countries around the world, including America, Asia, Australia, and most of Europe. One of her most recent tours was to the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvija, Estonia and Finland.

She has some practical tips to share with other cyclists:

  • If you are planning to cycle in the Baltic countries during the summer, take good mosquito repellent and be prepared to cycle on gravel roads or tracks with sand!
  • While cycling in cities in South America e.g. Buenos Aries and Lima, be aware of taxi drivers. They do not appear tolerate cyclists on the road and I had several near misses!
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Ingrid & Yves

Posted June 11th, 2010

Ingrid & Yves

Ingrid & Yves are two very special cyclists. Not only have they biked in much of Europe, they also give many touring cyclists a place to call home for a few days at their house in France. Yves makes the best bread you’ve ever tasted, which has been devoured by many happy cyclists. Ingrid takes care of their website BikeAway (in German) with tips for bike touring, photos and GPS downloads of tracks and points of interest across Europe.

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