my first multi-day mountain biking event

I’m regularly riding my Merida hardtail since we moved back to the Lion City in 2012. Regularly means one to two times a week, recently closer to three times a week, each ride is in the 35 km (+/- 15 km) distance range. The tri-weekly bike hash adds some high level cardio to it, when I (often unsuccessfully) try to keep up with the semi-pros in the group.

The point is: I’m not training any multi-day riding, hence any multi-stage event, no matter how easy or difficult it might be, appears too much of a challenge. So where to start – with the ambition in mind – to join a multi-stage event in the near (or far) future?

The 2016 Phuket Interbike Hash is a good opportunity to test stamina and endurance and find a yardstick for my body’s ability to recover overnight in a reasonably demanding environment (AKA the bloody heat..). The organisers in Phuket promised ample supply of drinking water and opportunities to short-cut the ride. Head over to the “Schnitzeljagd” post for an unbiased introduction into “hashing”.

The ride on day one leads over app 27 km through dry fields and forests, a few single trails, past some angry buffalos, a few detours and not much climbing, i.e. a nice warm-up. Hydration and hydration is the mantra of the day. I feel good after the ride, the legs not too tired. The circle takes close to two hours, luckily the dinner buffet is fixed at 20:00, otherwise the show would have continued for another few hours. Apparently their record is a six hours circle.

Day two leads us through villages, over asphalt roads (a particular pleasure in the plain afternoon heat) into a forest, back on a road, where I overlook a left turn and end up doing 2 km extra. A second oversight of an obvious sign leads me into another dead end and back, all chances of riding with the fast&furious are gone by now.

I’m on my own, just riding at my own speed, cruising through forest and villages, grinding through a few very steep climbs, which I manage to ride and Gopro-ing good chunks of it.

Down to the beach, remnants of the 2004 Tsunami are still visible, another five kilometres over asphalt and through a few backyards bring me back to the hotel. 

Two hours twenty pure riding time for 37.8 km. Legs are tired, I’m sweaty and dusty, but not overly exhausted.

inner peace

PS1: Needless to say that the Singapore extremist’s contingent claimed to be the first ones back at the hotel in well under two hours – always must be kiasu 😉

PS2: Endless circle, dinner buffet, by 22:00 I rest my legs.

PS3: A short video is here.

PS4: more about bike hashing here.

May 2016

Kuhltour statt Wandertour

Aaaaaaaaaaaalso: da kommt einer aus den Tropen, reist von weit weit her, sitzt 13 Stunden im Flugzeug und freut sich darauf, in nasskaltem Wetter mit seinen Freunden in der Schweiz outdoor-maessig etwas zu unternehmen. Schifahren in strahlendem Sonnenschein auf dem Feldberg ist genau nach seinem Geschmack (ein Danke an die SPPs), siehe HIER.

Aber oh weh: ein paar Tage spaeter nieselt’s ein wenig, die Temperatur faellt auf ca 10 Grad und schon sind alle Vorsaetze, “the tallest mountain in Baselland” in einer Winterbesteigung zu erklimmen, Makulatur: meine Berg- und Kanu-erprobten Freunde (ebenfalls die SPPs) sprechen von Lawinengefahr, geschlossenen Restaurants und zitieren gar (wahrscheinlich völlig frei erfundene) Einheimische, welche dringend von der Besteigung abrieten.

Dann eben Kultur: Colmar lockt mit Flamekueche, Altstadt und einem Herzog & de Meuron Bau (bald werden HdM-freie Schutzzonen in Zentral-Europa erstellt werden muessen, so von wegen Diversity…)

Colmar ist sympatisch: Rauchen kann toedlich sein ? (Schaufenster einer Apotheke)


Lord Sidius in weiss trauert um Jesus?


Frueher war nicht alles besser, aber die Replantations-Chirurgen von anno dazumal hatten echt ‘was drauf…


Direkt von der HdM www: … The project for the extension of the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar encompasses three dimensions: urban development, architecture and museography. It centers on the issues of reconstruction, simulation and integration….

comment by jrbc: if you don’t understand this artsy-fartsy baloney, don’t worry, you are not alone…

Alle Bilder (c)2016; Nikon Df und NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8 oder NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 (so Hipster-Zeugs eben)

Enjoying Lunch TĂȘte-Ă -TĂȘte

Many good restaurants are wooing for customers in Singapore. Most of them offer very attractive lunch menus to get you in the mood for an evening return.

Out of the restaurants Jannefa and myself recently visited, “The White Rabbit” deserves a mention for its good food, attentive service and the special location / settings. The carpaccio was succulent, tasty and just the right portion; the pasta cooked al dente with fresh crab and the sherbet in the deconstructed cheese cake was a delight on its own!

see for yourself: