Monday, May 29, 2017

June 2017

Welcome one and all to sub-24's June edition: an easy 10 km ride from Bemböle (Shell service station) to Pirttimäki, where pristine forests and roaring fires await.

Pack a bag, jump on your bike, meet us at 17:30 on Friday 2nd and enjoy bicycling, food, drink and company for the next sub-24 hours.

Questions and comments, please?

Looking forward to seeing you...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 5th

May 5th, on your bikes!

Meeting place: Bemböle gas sation (check the map)

Time: 17.30

Direction: somewhere green, to be agreed on the spot on Friday

Despite the best weather we've seen in 2017 nobody except me showed up to Bemböle (please comment if you were there and I missed you!).

Since camping is really for me about sharing a camp with like minded people I made the most of the sunshine with a "grand tour of Espoo" taking me all around the big "city" in 63 wonderful kilometers before heading home for the night.

Hopefully we'll see a better turnout next time (Friday 2nd of June, save the date!).

- Florian

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: