Himalayan Dreams: 5 days to go

Risultati immagini per Machhapuchhare
Few things finally. Relatively few. My backpack and a bag for the porters. 
I'm not going to leave stuff in Kathmandu: as Diogenes used to say "Omnia mea mecum sunt", and I'll bring it all to the Annapurna, then back. 
In a normal trek I'd put everything in my backpack, it shouldn't be that heavy, but I'll be glad to get some help. That's also a way to support the local economy.
I'm reading Chris Bonington's book about the Annapurna South Face's ascent and it's rather thrilling to see the same toponym in my travel schedule! 
Just like the British expedition I'm going to walk my way up and down in the Modi Khola wild valley to the Hinko caves, where a Bonington's mate believed he had spot a Yeti, in the glorious view of the Machhapuchhare, one of the most elegant mountain in the world.
In 1996 Anatoli Boukreev and Simone Moro couldn't reach the Annapurna's base camp on foot because of the huge ammount of snow. An helicopter brought them and their equipment directly to the Annapurna Sanctuary and they had to jump off as it couldn't land. 
A few weeks later they walked down in the high soft snow untill the first village to recover, waiting for the weather to improve. 
It was the end of December as well, the Christmas night when they attacked a new route. A large avalanche invested them on the fixed ropes at the end of a chimney. Simone Moro fell down the rope, was dragged away, and found himself in the place of their last camp, miracolously alive. Boukreev and Sobolev disapeared and no sign of them has never been found.
Risultati immagini per hinko cave nepal
Hinko caves
I'm going to see the monument that the sherpas have built in honour of Anatoli Boukreev and I'll pay my tribute.
I feel more relaxed now. I did my best to get in a decent shape, my equipment is good, I'm motivated. I think I'm blessed to have the chance to do this incredible travel and I want to enjoy it as much as possible.
Once in Nepal I'm NOT going to stay on touch with my family and this blog will be NOT updated. I'm not sure we'll have access to internet or even electricity, anyway I don't mean to. 

12//23-24 Milano-Kathmandu
12/25  Kathmandu-Pokhara (bus) Nayapul-Tirkhedhunga (trek)
12/26 Tirkhedhunga-Ghorepani  
Trek to Ulleri: view of Annapurna Sud (7219m) Patal Hiunchuli (6441m) Machhapuchhare (6993m).
12/27 Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tadapani  
Sunrise on Annapurna Himal, Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m) Nilgiri (6940m) and Machhapuchhare (6993m).
12/28 Tadapani-Sinuwa 
12/29 Sinuwa-Deurali
Trek in the Modi Khola wild valley to the 'Himalaya Hotel', Hinko caves and Deurali. 
12/30 Deurali, -Machhapuchhare Base Camp-South Annapurna Base Camp 
Trek to Machhapuchhare (3700 m) base camp - with view of the Glacier Dome (7139 m) - and to the Annapurna base camp (4130 m) with the big 'chorten' dedicated to Anatoli Boukreev.
12/31 South Annapurna Base Camp-Sinuwa 
1/1 Sinuwa-Landruk 
Bath in the Jhimuwa hot springs.
1/2 Landruk-Phedi-Pokhara
1/3 Pokhara-Kathmandu 
1/4-6 Kathmandu 
1/7 Kathmandu-Italy


Mountain: North Ossetia named a Peak after Fidel Castro

Image may contain: mountain, sky, cloud, outdoor and natureAccording to 4sport.ua  one of the peaks in Digorsky District of North Ossetia has been named after the deceased leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. 
Image may contain: 2 people, beardThe climbers, including the Cuban ambassador in North Ossetia, have risen a Cuban flag at an altitude of 3.750 m. The ascent lasted eight hours. 
The idea to dedicate a peack to Fidel Castro origined from the Mountaineering Federation of North Ossetia: Pioneers - the joungests - have selected the summit, then it has been indicated to Google Maps, and the mountain was named. 
North Ossetia gave this special homage to Fidel Castro because an Ossetian hero - General Issa Pliev - was the leader of the Soviet forces in Cuba during the 'missiles' crisis' in the early 1960s.
As far as me I think it's a good way to celebrate a great man. In a South America dominated by ferocious dictatures openly sponsored by the USA, Cuba has been an oasis of peace, equality and freedom. Yes, freedom: ask people of Cile or Argentina. A Revolution isn't a gala party Mao Tze-Dong used to say and Cuba had to defend its one against the most powerful capitalist state in the world. Sum up, it succeeded.


Cyclocross: Namur

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Tom Pidcock did it again! Quinten Hermans instead has been defeated by Joris Nieuwenhui.
Namour is beautiful as ever. One of my favouritre race, charmng and very hard.
In the Elite Women's race Nash won on Lechner and De Boer. Sanne Cant finished far behind (12th), I'm waiting to understand what happened.
Incredible race in the Elite Men: a very unfortunate Wout van Aert crashed three times, but three times he came back, passed a very strong Tom Meeusen and was in contention with Mathieu van der Poel untill the finish. 3 laps to go van der Poel made a mistake on the steepest climb and van Aert went solo. Van der Poel didn't let him go. Behind Meeusen had cracked and Pauwels could see the podium.
At the last lap van Aert attacks, van der Poel responds and he goes solo untill the finish

Mathieu van der Poel:
"I had the feeling that Wout was the strongest man today but I'm able to ride a good finale in such a cross race. Last year I also won in a fantastic way, this year again. I'm enormously happy. I quickly focused on the final lap and knew that steep climb would be crucial. I rode my sprint over there."

Wout Van Aert:
"The off-camber descent during the recon was dry and I thought to have found a line with good grip in the grass at the bottom of the section. During the race it was more difficult. After the first time I thought that I was in the wrong rut. It was stupid to try it again a second time. It took a while before I had the right feeling in that section.I'm disappointed. Losing in the final lap for the second day in a row is no fun " 

Kevin Pauwels:
"I knew they would accelerate and I would get dropped. It was fun to be that close though. I didn't have a super day like yesterday."

Katerina Nash:
"Today was pretty epic. Sophie and Eva were really strong. It was a good, exciting race. [...] This place is special. I raced for a really long time and I don't have a ton of World Cup victories so everyone of them is super special. I'm really excited.I was looking forward to come back to Namur. It was one of the reasons why I wanted to come back and race in Europe. At a certain point I failed to click into my pedals and in no-time De Boer bridged up. A moment later I crashed and De Boer. I fought back and joined. I don't know, I kind of couldn't get in my pedals. I got a flat in the final lap. I came in for a clean bike. I think that really helped in the last lap. I had a clean bike, clean pedals. Things worked out."

1 Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) 0:52:51
2 Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:52
3 Thijs Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:57
4 Clement Russo (Fra) 0:01:00
5 Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:01:05
6 Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:13
7 Adam Toupalik (Cze) Beobank-Corendon 0:01:21
8 Lucas Dubau (Fra) 0:01:26
9 Gioele Bertolini (Ita) 0:01:37
10 Jonas Degroote (Bel) 0:01:40
11 Yannick Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:01:51
12 Nadir Colledani (Ita) 0:01:53
13 Jakob Dorigoni (Ita)
14 Felipe Orts (Spa) 0:02:00
15 Kobe Goossens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:02:09
16 Maik Van Der Heijden (Ned) 0:02:16
17 Curtis White (USA) 0:02:32
18 Thomas Joseph (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:02:37
19 Jens Dekker (Ned) Beobank-Corendon 0:03:06
20 Simon Andreassen (Den) 0:03:30
21 Joshua Dubau (Fra) 0:03:34
22 Niels Derveaux (Bel) 0:03:38
23 Kevin Kuhn (Swi) 0:03:45
24 Wesley Floren (Ned) 0:03:51
25 Gosse Van Der Meer (Ned) 0:04:04
26 Jelle Schuermans (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:04:09
27 Jappe Jaspers (Bel) Beobank-Corendon 0:04:22
28 Sieben Wouters (Ned) 0:04:25
29 Gage Hecht (USA) Alpha Bicycle Company - Vista Subaru 0:05:03
30 Lander Loockx (Bel) 0:05:04
31 Seppe Rombouts (Bel) 0:05:21
32 Cooper Willsey (USA) 0:05:22
33 Lukas Meiler (Ger)
34 Frazer Clacherty (GBr)
35 Eric Brunner (USA)
36 Nicolas Pruvot (Fra)
37 Matej Ulik (Svk)
38 Roel Van Der Stegen (Ned)
39 Johan Jacobs (Swi)
40 Daniel Mayer (Cze)
41 David Conroy (Irl)
42 David Jary (Cze)
43 Jonas Brezina (Cze)
44 David Eriksson (Swe)
45 Paul Lindenau (Ger)
46 Maxx Chance (USA)
47 Jokin Alberdi (Spa)
48 Jon Munitxa (Spa)
49 Noah Fries (Lux)
50 Martin Meiler (Ger)
51 Simon Vozar (Svk)
52 Andreas Lund Andresen (Den)
53 Luc Weis (Lux)
1 Thomas Pidcock (GBr) 0:41:05
2 Antoine Benoist (Fra) 0:00:50
3 Maxime Bonsergent (Fra)
4 Filippo Fontana (Ita) 0:00:51
5 Thymen Arensman (Ned) 0:00:55
6 Toon Vandebosch (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:01:04
7 Daniel Tulett (GBr) 0:01:05
8 Ben Turner (GBr) 0:01:09
9 Ivan Feijoo Alberte (Spa) 0:01:16
10 Timo Kielich (Bel) 0:01:19
11 Andreas Goeman (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:42
12 Tomas Kopecky (Cze) 0:01:54
13 Gunnar Holmgren (Can) 0:01:58
14 Nicolas Guillemin (Fra)
15 Loris Rouiller (Swi) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:02:05
16 Denzel Stephenson (USA) 0:02:12
17 Jelle Camps (Bel) 0:02:14
18 Florian Vermeersch (Bel) 0:02:15
19 Yentl Bekaert (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:02:22
20 Kyle Agterberg (Ned) 0:02:36
21 Lorenzo Calloni (Ita) 0:02:46
22 Pieter-Jan Vliegen (Bel) 0:02:48
23 Jan Gavenda (Cze) 0:03:09
24 Bart Artz (Ned) 0:03:10
25 Maxim Van Gils (Bel)
26 Amo Van Den Broeck (Bel) 0:03:17
27 Arne Vrachten (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:03:19
28 Ryan Kamp (Ned) 0:03:22
29 Antoine Raugel (Fra) 0:03:32
30 Vince Van Den Eynde (Bel) 0:03:41
31 Lane Maher (USA) 0:03:47
32 Misch Leyder (Lux) 0:03:54
33 Mees Hendrikx (Ned) 0:03:55
34 Thomas Mein (GBr) 0:04:05
35 Gerben Kuypers (Bel) 0:04:17
36 Ken Conter (Lux) 0:04:20
37 Arno Debeir (Bel) 0:04:47
38 Jon Polledo (Spa) 0:04:50
39 Patrick Favaro (Ita) 0:05:08
40 Arthur Kluckers (Lux)
41 Cedric Pries (Lux) 0:05:15
42 Ross Ellwood (USA)
43 Bart Hazekamp (Ned) 0:05:32
44 Tim Wollenberg (Ger) 0:05:38
45 Jakub Riman (Cze)
46 Vladimir Miksanik (Cze)
47 Lukas Baldinger (Ger)
48 Jon Calvo (Spa)
49 Felix Schreiber (Lux)
50 Lukas Kubis (Svk)
51 Luca Bockelmann (Ger)
52 Marco Oberteicher (Ger)
53 Jakub Varhanovsky (Svk)
54 Lucas Wulff (Den)
55 Caleb Swartz (USA)
56 Oliver Errebo (Den)
57 Asier Gallarreta (Spa)
58 Oliver Jaros (Svk)
Elite Women
1 Katerina Nash (Cze) Clif Pro Team 0:47:14
2 Eva Lechner (Ita) Clif Pro Team 0:00:12
3 Sophie De Boer (Ned) Kalas-NNOF 0:00:21
4 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Lensworld-Zannata 0:00:28
5 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:00:34
6 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:52
7 Amanda Miller (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo 0:00:59
8 Nikki Brammeier (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:01:03
9 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Raboliv Womencyclingteam 0:01:13
10 Maud Kaptheijns (Ned) Team Steylaerts
11 Evie Richards (GBr) 0:01:30
12 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.com 0:01:50
13 Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank 0:01:57
14 Chiara Teocchi (Ita) Bianchi Countervail 0:02:23
15 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 0:02:32
16 Ellen Noble (USA) Aspire Racing 0:02:59
17 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:03:02
18 Nadja Heigl (Aut) 0:03:18
19 Nikola Noskova (Cze) 0:03:23
20 Lucie Chainel (Fra) 0:03:31
21 Ffion James (GBr) 0:03:38
22 Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling 0:04:00
23 Loes Sels (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:04:12
24 Aida Nuno Palacio (Spa) 0:04:26
25 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 0:04:32
26 Inge Van Der Heijden (Ned) 0:04:34
27 VERHESTRAETEN Karen 0:04:36
28 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:04:39
29 Helene Clauzel (Fra) 0:04:41
30 Evita Muzic (Fra) 0:04:45
31 Manon Bakker (Ned) 0:04:59
32 Yara Kastelijn (Ned) Raboliv Womencyclingteam 0:05:30
33 Elle Anderson (USA) Elle Anderson Racing 0:05:34
34 Kim Van De Steene (Bel) 0:05:37
35 Fanny Stumpf (Fra) 0:05:50
36 Perrine Clauzel (Fra) Bh-Sr Suntour-Kmc 0:05:56
37 Maelle Grossetete (Fra) 0:05:58
38 Hannah Payton (GBr) Drops Cycling Team 0:06:17
39 Amira Mellor (GBr) NEXT Wyman/Kona 0:06:32
40 Lisa Heckmann (Ger) 0:06:48
41 Pauline Delhaye (Fra) 0:07:16
42 Olatz Odriozola Mujika (Spa) 0:07:23
43 Asa-Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 0:08:17
44 Lindy Van Anrooij (Ned)
45 Luisa Ibarrola (Spa)
46 Nikola Bajgerova (Cze)
47 Christine Vardaros (USA)
48 Lena Bischoff-Stein (Ger)
49 Suzie Godart (Lux)
Elite Men
1 Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon 1:04:20
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:00:16
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:00:27
4 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:08
5 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus 0:01:22
6 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:32
7 Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:01:37
8 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:01:48
9 Marcel Meisen (Ger) Steylaerts-Verona 0:02:33
10 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:02:44
11 Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Team Steylaerts 0:02:49
12 Michael Boros (Cze) ERA-Circus 0:02:50
13 Philipp Walsleben (Ger) Beobank-Corendon 0:03:06
14 Severin Sagesser (Swi) 0:03:10
15 Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:03:16
16 Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:03:23
17 Ismael Esteban Aguando (Spa) 0:03:29
18 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Beobank-Corendon 0:03:52
19 Stephen Hyde (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com 0:03:56
20 Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:04:04
21 Stan Godrie (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:04:09
22 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 0:04:21
23 Diether Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus 0:04:26
24 Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga Ibanez (Spa) 0:04:28
25 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) 0:04:35
26 Martin Haring (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica 0:04:48
27 Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:05:09
28 Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:05:17
29 David Van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon 0:05:20
30 Sascha Weber (Ger) 0:05:22
31 Patrick Van Leeuwen (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:05:29
32 Simon Zahner (Swi) 0:05:31
33 Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:05:51
34 Melvin Rulliere (Fra)
35 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott-Odlo Mtb Racing Team
36 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing
37 Alois Falenta (Fra)
38 Daan Hoeyberghs (Bel) Beobank-Corendon
39 Lorenzo Samparisi (Ita)
40 Niels Wubben (Ned)
41 Enrico Franzoi (Ita)
42 Luca Braidot (Ita)
43 Daniele Braidot (Ita)
44 Thijs Van Amerongen (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions
45 Andreas Moser (Swi)
46 Kevin Suarez Fernandez (Spa)
47 Felix Drumm (Ger)
48 Michael Wildhaber (Swi)
49 Nicolas Samparisi (Ita)
50 Marvin Schmidt (Ger)
51 Mark Mcconnell (Can) Hot Sauce Cycling X Garneau
52 Asier Arregui Dominguez (Spa)
53 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Koch Engineering / Muesing Racing Team
54 Eric Thompson (USA) Hed p/b Molten Speed Wax
55 Vincent Dias Dos Santos (Lux)


Cyclocross: Scheldecross

Mathieu van der Poel:
"It was so fast and we were matching each other; it was useless to try and get away. The last sand section would be decisive. It was a hard-fought duel, riding on the razor's edge.  That was a smart move from Wout. Kevin made a small mistake and Wout quickly had a gap. I tried to close it back down as quickly as possible, overhit the corner into the sand and bumped into the barriers. It had to happen there. If you're in front then you're allowed to make a mistake. There'll be no damage. In second place it's different and you risk losing the race there."
Wout Van Aert: 
"I spent a lot of energy in trying to win the intermediate sprint. I only managed second place and needed to recover for a long time. It was a battle to reach that section in first place. We both hit the red zone there, forcing us to recover while running the sand. Once back on the bike it wasn't possible to ride on the wheel in the sand. The twenty metres that were lost were too much to close back down before the finish line."

Kevin Pauwels:
"I hoped they would hesitate for a moment but they knew I was good and didn't let me ride away. It was my best race of the season." 

Sanne Cant:
"It probably looked good on TV and I enjoyed it too. I'm pleased with the final part of the race as the first part was a disaster. Sprinting against Sophie isn't easy but it worked out. My start was awkward and suddenly I found myself pinballing at the back of the top 10 while Marianne was already in front. I knew it could happen straight away in the sand section. She was already gone. It was all or nothing in the final lap. It's a special race for me, I lived nearby. I gave everything to bridge back up."

Thalita De Jong:
"I already knew before the race it would be hard today. My first passage through the sand was a poor one and my courage dropped below freezing point. Mentally it was hard. The last few laps my sand-riding was fluent, at least to my standards but by then the others were gone. Vos accelerated fiercely and that's how I got dropped. It's a pity because later she was dropped too. Next time she'll ride smarter.

Sophie De Boer:
"It wasn't my goal to attack straight away. I tried to ride around my anaerobic threshold because tomorrow I've got a jersey to defend. After the finish I could cry but tomorrow is much more important. Hopefully I'll recover well. The white jersey will give me wings."

Elite Women
1 Sanne Cant (Bel) IKO Enertherm-Beobank
2 Sophie de Boer (Ned) Kalas-NNOF
3 Katerina Nash (Cze) Clif Pro Team
4 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Liv
Elite Men
1 Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon 1:05:31
2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:00:04
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:00:06
4 Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus 0:00:09
5 Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:00:10
6 Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:00:12
7 Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:16
8 Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions 0:00:52
9 Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:01:07
10 Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Beobank-Corendon 0:01:52
U23 Men
1. Quinten Hermans,
2. Eli Iserbyt
3. Nicolas Cleppe
U19 Men
1. Arne Vrachten,
2. Daniel Tulett
3. Andres Verdonck


Mountaineering: Tamara Lunger Won Gazzetta dello Sport Award for Fair Play

Image may contain: 2 people, close-upThe Italian mountaineer was part of the expedition to the 8.000 m Nagnga Parbat including also Simone Moro. Feeling exhausted, 70 m to the summit she decided to renounce and came back to the camp on her own. As generous as brave, she's a role model for every sport person!

Simone Moro:
Image may contain: 1 person, close-up"I remember that 100 m to go she said me: If I get to the summit you have to help me to descend. But we were all exhausted. The summit isn't the aim, it's just a 50% of the work: then you have to descend. I told her to stay calm and I kept my pace, not too slow to avoid to freeze. We lost contact with her when the climb turned less steep, we couldn't see her anymore. She stopped and turned back.  She saved her life but she also helped us because on our way down the light of her tent has been a relieve!"

Tamara Lunger:
"I want to climb again 8.000 m mountains, not the Nanga though because I'm at peace with that peack.”

Procycling: Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 Map and stages

Tirreno-Adriatico has been presented today, and not far fro me. Unfortunately this is one of the busiest period of the year in school and while the presenation was held... I was interviewing tons of students per hours after I had spent the week-end correcting 180 students' papers. 
In Italy a teacher's salary is about 1.400 euros and we have to teach to classes of even 30 students. As a consequence of the reform imposed by MatteoRenzi many teachers have been assigned to their school only in November. Renzi's Goverment had to quit after the defeat in the referendum about the reform of our Costutution and we have a new Minister for Education, University and Research. She hasn't got any degree.
Anyway... The next Tirreno doesn't particularsi innovative: the start and the end are the usual TT in Camaiore and in San Benedetto del Tronto, in the middle there is Appennini and a long lond flat stage. Terminillo is a serious climb. Then we have to see wich kind of weather the riders will find...

Stage 1: Lido di Camaiore TTT 22.7km
Stage 2: Camaiore-Pomerance 228km
Stage 3: Monterotondo Marittimo- Montalto di Castro 204km
Stage 4: Montalto di Castro-Terminillo 171km
Stage 5: Rieti: Fermo 209km
Stage 6: Ascoli Piceno-Civitanova Marche 168km 

Stage 7: San Benedetto del Tronto ITT 10.1km


Cyclocross: Druivencross Overijse

Not a fan but what can I say? Mathieu van der Poel is objectively a great crosser. Today he demonstrated it once again. He rocked it, simply. He went solo from the start. 
Sophie de Boer won the Elite Women's race, while Eli Iserbyt and Andreas Goeman are the winners among the youths. Bravo Eli! twice in a row!

Eli Iserbyt:
"No. 1 is my place this weekend! Another victory at Overijse 😆💪🏼"

Sophie de Boer:
"Yay very happy to add this classic race to my palmares ! And nice bday present to myself😁✨"

1. Andreas Goeman
2. Daniel Tulett
3. Timo Kielich
4. Arno Debeir
5. Hendrikx Mees
1. Eli Iserbyt
2. Quinten Hermans
3. Adam Toupalik
Elite Women
1 Sophie De Boer (Ned) 0:41:29
2 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 0:00:31
3 Jolien Verschueren (Bel) 0:00:54
4 Nikki Brammeier (GBr) 0:01:22
5 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 0:01:31
6 Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) 0:01:41
7 Ffion James (GBr) 0:02:06
8 Lucinda Brand (Ned) 0:02:07
9 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) 0:02:30
10 Anne Terpstra (Ned) 0:02:56
11 Kim Van De Steene (Bel) 0:03:22
12 Sanne Cant (Bel) 0:03:44
13 Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 0:04:07
14 Evie Richards (GBr) 0:04:16
15 Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) 0:04:41
16 Julia Boschker (Ned) 0:05:14
17 Linda Ter Beek (Ned) 0:05:33
18 Ella Conolly (GBr) 0:06:42
19 Julie Van De Velde (Bel) 0:06:54
20 Elena Valentini (Ita) 0:07:01
21 Christine Vardaros (USA) 0:07:46
22 Kristien Nelen (Bel)
23 Birgit Massagé (Bel)
24 Tinne Vermeiren (Bel)
Elite Men
1 Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon 1:00:36
2 Wout van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice 0:00:57
3 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games 0:02:12
4 Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice
5 Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice
6 Michael Boros (Cze) ERA-Circus
7 Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea
8 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-NapoleonFGames
9 Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet-Fidea
10 Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Beobank-Corendon


Cyclocross: Essen

A little crashy, the elite men's race! and quite unfortunate for Mathieu van der Poel, affected by mechanical problems
Wout van Aert went solo pretty early and Kevin Pauwels had to chase all the time. 
Behind the peloton split and regroupped, eventually it became clear that nobody was going to bridge so they focused on the sprint for the 3rd place.
In the elite women's race a huge Sanne Cant won again. Eli Iserbyt and Jelle Camps are the winners among the youths.

Sanne Cant:
“It was super fast today and it was a tactical race; the pace often dropped. It was a matter of taking the final steps in first place,” Cant told Sporza. “Experience? Maybe, I’ve been in similar situations in the past and when you’ve got something left in your tank it’s possible to think tactically. I had a scare when Sophie suddenly flew by. I didn’t know she was that close to me otherwise I would’ve made a jump to the line."

Sophie De Boer:
“I didn’t ride a smart final lap. I had my chance in the sprint. I took the initiative but was only third at the steps. I knew Sanne would move up as she did in the previous lap. She’s technically better and that showed. Thalita had a problem with her pedal and Sanne had a big lead,” 

Thalita De Jong:
“My derailleur blocked up three times on the first climbing section. Immediately I lost a lot of ground and was up for a chase, like in previous years. I knew I had to be first at the steps but found myself glued on Cant’s wheel. I just had to follow and try to get over her in the sprint. Sadly I didn’t click into the pedal and then it was lost” 

Wout Van Aert:
“It doesn’t matter much to me if it wasn’t an exciting race. It was exciting enough for me to defend a small bonus over Pauwels. Anyway, my legs seem to improve after taking flights (to Spain). Maybe I should do it more often. I seem to benefit from the rest at the training camp. Early on the gap kept hovering around 10-15 seconds. That wasn’t reassuring. It was a matter of going flat out. Only the last two laps I was able to take the foot of the gas. It was tough.” 

Tom Meeusen:
“I wanted the hole shot but Van Aert was faster. I was focusing to hop over the planks but rode into a bobble and suddenly found myself on the ground. It was a major bummer. I wanted to turn off and head home."

Kevin Pauwels:
“I shouldn’t have been behind Toon Aerts early on. Then the gap maybe wouldn’t have been there. I had to dig deep to bridge back up. That’s why I didn’t hop high enough and crashed.” 

Mathieu Van der Poel:
“It all started with the flat tyre. I still got into a rhythm. Then suddenly my chain blocked. Then I hit the barriers. My hip hurt a lot because of the collision. What followed was a shit afternoon. There was still a long way to go and I was motivated to perform well because it’s close to home. But now I’ll switch focus to tomorrow.”

1. Jelle Camps,
2. Niels Van de putte,
3. Ryan Kamp
1. Eli Iserbyt
2. Quinten Hermans,
3. Adam Toupalik.
Elite Women
1. Sanne Cant,
2. Sophie de Boer,
3. Thalita de Jong
Elite Men
1.Van Aert,
6.Van Kessel,


Mountain - Hiking Itineraries: from Caldine to Monte Senario

Cold. One of the coldest days so far this year. And I was eager to try my new equipment. But I had few time and Tiziano wasn't feeling that good due to a persistent backache. No Alps this time, we decided to go hiking on the hills of Fiesole, very close to Florence and my place. However I'm in need to train so the elevation must be decent. Monte Senario proved a good option.
As a child I used to go there with my parents almost every Sunday to fill bottles with the good water at the monastery's fountain. I remember the icy cold of the morning in winter and my ridicolously posh dress. A life ago, or two.
This morning I was wearing my Mountain Hard Wear trousers, my old Salewa shirt and my beautiful new pile jacket by Montura. My Alpine Lowe backpack on my shoulders I was ready to go.
It was cloudy, almost snowy when we left the village of Caldine (295 m) looking for the CAI track n.14. We had bought two sandwiches by the local grocery and we had two bottles of plain water, plus some delicious ginger-flavoured chocolate bar that Tiziano had acquired in Valvaraita, western Alps.
The first part of the track follows the road, among the new houses of La Querciola, then it becomes a dirty road in fenced fields dotted of rural houses and ancient villas. 
After Villa Campolungo and Villa Capacci the path gets into the forest and climbs to the woody summit of Poggio Capanne. Here there is a large open meadow and we stopped to eat our lunch.
The landscape is great: Fiesole appears like a pearl surrounded by beautiful hills. The dramatic light of the sun breaking through the clouds made it special and magic.
From here the track runs on the highland between Polcanto and Bivigliano, wide and green. In the distance, on the top of a fir forest, the monastery of Monte Senario dominates the scene. A short stretch of tarmac road and we reached the steep straight dirty road leading to the holy place.
The monastery was established in 1245 by seven nobles from Florence, founding members of the Servite order. It's a beautiful building rich in history and art. We took a short rest and admired the stunning view.
On our way back, on the same track, Tiziano's back was aching a lot. It had prevented him to sleep last night so... he's sleeping now, beside me, while I'm writing this article. I really apreciate that he came hiking with me in spite of all!

Time: 5 hours
Elevation: 520 m
Where: Hills near Fiesole, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy
Start and finish: Caldine (295 m) or La Querciola. It's possible to get there by train or by bus (n.21 or 45).
Summit: Monte Senario (815 m)
Signals: CAI 14 (red and white) then CAI 00 (red and white).
Things to seePoggio Capanne (602 m), the view of Fiesole, the Monastery of  Monte Senario. 

Risultati immagini per monte senario