Beats me. The weather… It is supposed to be winter and snow by now. But ok… let’s pretend it’s spring. The family is enjoying 17 degrees in the garden while I go to the mountains. Fair enough, we had frost during the nights, men 11 degrees at 300 meters elevation in January???
Today’s ride is based on the short version (35km, 1000m climb) in the yearly Pucioasa competition organized by my friend Catalin. The longer version is around 90km and 3000m of climbing. 17 happy dudes ready to get going – another three guys joined in after the picture was taken
Some practicalities before take off
Cruising through a village
We start the first climb
And then it gets brutally steep
We reach a plateau
After some hangout in the sun we continue uphill
Some others were doing the climb as well
Nice beech forest section
More climbing and more horses
Just a bit more
And then downhill (and no pictures)
After having yelling in the garden at least ten times finally a guy who apparently just woke up appears with a cigarette in his mouth and open up the local store.
Today’s second big climb in wet and dry
Such a nice view before enjoying the downhill
A farmer is burning off the grass and it feels like passing through “Ragnarök”
So, 20 people in one group. Nice but also impossible to keep together for such a long ride. I’ve got guests for the evening back in the city and can’t delay any more and have to leave the group. I get to do the whole awesome downhill alone. At least I get myself a selfie
I wonder what the weather will be the coming weeks. Two years ago we had no snow in the city, and two weeks later one meter of snow!