Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday 5th August 2011

Soooo, just to confirm the details about Friday. We'll meet at the usual meeting point at the Bemböle Shell station at 17:30.

At the time of typing, four of us are definitely going and it would be great to see some new faces too. If you intend to come and we don't know you yet, please drop us a line in the comments section so we can exchange phone numbers in case of delay etc...

Here's what you need:
  • A bike
  • A tent
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Food to grill
  • Drinks (alcoholic or not, that's up to you)
  • A willingness to share your food, drinks and life story

Further packing tips and ideas can be found on this blog post.

We will head to Pirttimäki to find our camping site, 6,5 kms away from Bemböle.

Please post any other question you may have in the comments section and see you on the 5th August!


I've been trying to leave this as a comment, but it won't let me. Anyway...
Here's what I'll bring so you don't have to:

Coffee pot and coffee (and milk and sugar), loaf of bread and some jam, a pump, some tools, spare inner tubes (26" and 28"/700c), first aid kit, a lock for all bikes, matches and a night cap for eveyone...

This is Lee.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Back to work and in need of a holiday

I thought I'd better write something here.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Last month's solo effort has beefed up the constitution of the sub-24 gods. The next one will be bigger and better, I can feel it in my waters.

Friday 5th August, Bemböle 17:30; heading in a general north-westerly Espoo foresty kind of direction. Unless someone has a better idea about where and when.

I shall miss the loneliness...

Sunday, July 3, 2011

There will always be a sub-24

After hanging around at Bemböle petrol station (sorry for not waiting, I'm sure there were many of you planning to come but just running late), I decided to try a new camp site in Luukkaa. As there was no one to argue with, I started riding north past Oittaa, past Pirttimäki and then along the nicest biking road in the capital region, Velskolantie, which runs from Kunnarla to Vihdintie. I was greeted by many lycra lads, all astounded by the load my little old bike was carrying.
Velskolantie, 6pm, the time a thunder storm was due

Oh, there's the storm cloud. Looks innocent enough.

There was some climbing. But not much.

Kaitalampi. Washed the sweat off rather nicely.

I managed to squeeze in my 4-person tent (4.5kg!) next to the lake.

Art. The inevitable result of boredom.

I was absolutely happy to ride and camp alone (Charles just spent two weeks doing the same thing). But I do hope that this sub-24 idea catches on a bit and I'll get some company on the next ride. I enjoyed the exercise, the sense of getting away, the nature. But I think the point of sub-24 is probably social more than any other single factor.

So, Friday August 5th, rain or shine. The peace broken by the sound of multiple freewheels buzzing...