Happy New Year!
I'll keep the intro short because the meat of this issue is at the end with my 500km ride recap. (Photos from the ride above)
I've got a busy next few months ahead but am determined to keep on schedule with these issues. I'll be trying new formats and sharing about new topics. Please do hit reply with any feedback.
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Guide to Bikepacking on Your Period
Somehow, there’s a stigma in the 21st century about discussing periods. I've seen a wonderful response to this guide and felt compelled to share too!
Props to Bikepacking.com for publishing, Katherine for writing & Adeline for illustrating!
The 1st Pathfinder Limburg
Yorit Kluitman's Eindhoven phenomenon of Pathfinder Giro has expanded into the Hills of Limburg and the 1st edition is tomorrow.
I'm winding up for Atlas Mountain Race fitness, so I'm packing in miles by riding there tonight!
The Power of the Overnighter
Two bikepacking.com links in one issue? Sure!
This article underscore how within reach this style of riding can be! I dig the tips section.
2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣9️⃣ — was our biggest year yet!
At Twotone, we’re grateful for the chance to work in an industry that we’re passionate about for brand that we admire!
We do have some 2020 availability for projects, so let us know if you need some help!
Country Director - Netherlands - Laka
Started in 2017, Laka set out to transform bicycle insurance by connecting passionate cyclists all over the UK to form a community and protect their bikes. A better model for insurance was born. They're hiring for a country director in The Netherlands!
Seen sehen, Berge sterben – TRAILER
Chris at the crew at Good Times Roll did a wild ride last year and are working on a film. Check out the trailer here.
Emails Overload, Newsletters & Impostor Syndrome
This is the 1st issue of Laetitia Vitaud's new newsletter. She has written many articles and ebooks over the past 4 years a lot of which about the future of work. This issue answers questions like: Emails are a curse. Why add to it? ; )
How ironic for New England Journal of Medicine to publish a systematic review on time-restricting eating and fasting for Christmas Day
The review combines/conflates experimental and human studies of fasting, caloric restriction and time-restricted eating and makes a strong case for promoting cardio- metabolic health, and suggests other benefits. Worth a look!
David Berman Changed the Way So Many of Us See the World
Remembering the songwriter-poet behind Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, who saw dark humor and strange beauty in almost anything
I discovered The Purple Mountains album over the holiday break and have had it on loop. I also discover David Berman took his own life last year. It was strange to be struck by and album and suddenly also learn the singer was gone.
My 2nd #festive500 #inonego but 1st done yolo solo!
Recap from instagram:
IN ONE GO — I’ve been doing the #festive500 since 2011. Couldn’t in 2010 but my friend Howard did & contributed hand drawn comics to @twotoneams when it was a blog a decade ago. (Peek em here)
Ever since, I found a way to do it most years, I link to my efforts up to 2016 here. Relevant note: I first did it at once in 2015 with @wit_industries ; )
2016’s highlight was a 290km IJsselmeer Monster Jam with @the_windjammers & @nikiterpstra. It was a special edition as it was Tim Krabbé’s last time tackling such big distances.
2017 was tough. A rough year for a host of reasons but I still made the 500 happen. Dropped on the Monster Jam, I finished it alone. All other rides done alone, cold & wet.
2018 was the 1st year that I just couldn’t. Otto & Mira had been taken away months before and it was their first time back for the holidays. No chance that I’d miss a moment to be out riding in the darkness and cold.
Well 2019 was about taking control. Less wallowing in sorrow and more radness beating the sadness. Otto & Mira were back again for Christmas but not New Year’s. So I missed most days to ride by choosing to focus on the kids.
I had to take them to back to Schiphol Monday & had resolved myself to another 500km #inonego effort. I figured if saying goodbye ripped my heart out each time... Then why not rip my legs off instead and actually enjoy the pain? 🤷🏻♂️
So two days ago, I departed directly from the airport & rode thru the #Veluwe towards Germany. Took some detours due to missing ferry deadlines & rode thru Zwolle (lucky to catch a snackbar at midnight)
I rode nonstop thru the night. It was sublime. No music. Just my thoughts, me & crisp frozen ground.
At 300km, I made it to Groningen. I’d never been. I sliced my rear tire on glass in the fish market and sealant did it’s job to get me to @spaakgroningen to meet @3_inch_cuff.
We rode south a bit & I carried on towards Lelystad on my own. The last 100km were surreal. What a sunset!
I arrived to @kristyspark’s arms, a wonderful meal & New Year’s fireworks on the roof!
Thanks everyone for the support!
Overview also on Strava here.