Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sub-24, 2017

It was wet. It was cold. It was Finland in April.

We met in the Shell Service Station at 17:30 as the rain began to fall. British, French and Ukrainian riders took the asphalt cycle paths towards Nuuksio. We turned left to follow the road on the south side of Nuuksio’s Pitkäjärvi. The followed the road to its end through rain, sun and cloud, past buses and newly returned birds all the way to the end of the road. We turned off the asphalt onto gravel and ice and continued much more slowly to our campsite at Kolmoislampi. We made our own shelter and managed without a fire as the snow began to fall. After a cold night, hot tea and porridge warmed us up ready for a sunny ride back to Bemböle and beyond. 

Our return ride from Bemböle was around 35 kilometres and our average speed was under 20 kph. With no technical issues, we only had the weather to complain about and that was soon forgotten on our bright morning ride home. 

Next month, more of the same on May 5th. See you then.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

November 11th

... is provisionally our next trip date. 

Details to follow...

Friday, September 30, 2016

The October sub-24, Urja

Sub-24 rode ten or so kilometres of forest paths from Bemböle to Urja. Our first Kiwi enjoyed the wind...

We set off from Bemböle with a total party of four: Lee, Florian, Jorge and I.  I wasn’t entirely sure where I was or what I had signed up for but was quite happy to follow along at the mercy of others who seemed to have some sort of vague plan!
We darted through the forest making our way towards Nuuksio, as the sun set and the sky turned a misty shade of blue between the silhouetted trees. As the first New Zealand representative in the group, I felt the pressure was on to keep up with the pace –fortunately Finland has a few less hills than back home and so it was a gentle ride. Eventually we turned off the main track and walked our bikes along a slightly more treacherous pathway to make it to our campsite at Urja.
After nestling our tents and hammocks between the trees before nightfall, we headed on over to a ready-made fire, kindly set up by the girl scouts who arrived before us. (Unfortunately they didn’t care to share their marshmallows with us though!). A wicked wind swept around us as we cooked our delightful dinners and we went to sleep with hopes that the wind would settle in the morning. However, it was not to be. So with tents packed, so we promptly headed off at 9am (out along the road this time) to make our way back to Helsinki before lunch. What an adventure in less than 18 hours! I will certainly be back for more! 

Rachel, New Zealand

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Friday 9th
Fiskträsk in Sipoonkorpi National Park:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

An early summer

The times in this Sub24 reminded me how quickly the change of seasons sometimes takes place in Southern Finland. While the last Sub24 a month ago saw rain, hail, frozen lakes and chilly winds, this one was an early treat of sun, clear skies and warm temperatures.

The air temperature gaining two degrees every day for a week, it's with great excitement that cyclists from Britain, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Switzerland and France (seven nationalities for five riders) met at the bridge on the road to Hanko over Espoonlahti. Destination: the small island of Linlo, east of the Upiniemi peninsula.

With high spirit and a light headwind, we took the peaceful road along the classic Kuninkaantie, and shifted south at Kirkkonummi on Eestinkyläntie and Hilantie. We found very similar sceneries than Porkkalantie with some deers in the distant fields and pale colors around since trees were just about to turn green.

Connecting the island to the mainland, a small wooden bridge was the last difficulty of the day. It was also where we meet Mickael and Emil (6 years old and first night out camping) coming by car. Distance cycled from Espoonlahti: 24 km.

Heading to the first nuotiopaikka on a lovely beach, we spotted a big rock overlooking the sea on the other side of the bay that would provide a better exposure to sunset and we quickly decided to aim for it it before cooling down.

Three riders took to the sea for a refreshing swim (water surprisingly warm) before all would set up tents and hammocks and prepare the dinner.

Gathered around the fire quickly set up by Markus and Olivier, we started to unpack the delicacies and I must say it's been a while since I have been so full in a Sub24: to the usual sausages, pasta and bread, some wine, cheese and mudcake completed the feast.

Retreating shortly after sunset to our night quarters, the night welcomed the tired bodies and feeling refreshed soon it was dawn again. 

The return trip went by Porkkalantie, adding 4 kilometers (scenic!) to the total trip. Leaving Markus in Espoonlahti, the four remaining riders made it back to Helsinki along the coast of Espoo, worshipping the sun.