Sunday, November 23, 2008

Kuhankuono Extreme 2008

We had plans for a longer ride in the Kuhankuono national park in November. Everyone fully expected the weather conditions to be wet and miserable, but just a few days before the ride was to take place the temperature dropped and we even got some snow. Instead of a wet fall ride we had a nice dry (with some exceptions) winter ride. The morning temperature was -11°C and it rose to about -7°C during the day. It felt a bit chilly after the warm fall, but in practice this temperature does not yet affect cycling very much. Four participants meant that we were able to ride fairly fast, taking into account the circumstances.

Start at 8:00

Thawing a frozen Shimano freewheel

The wheel barbecue was successful.
Matti H is riding again.

Snow-covered boardwalk...

... might lead to this

The sun is rising

Don't fall down, it's wet


Lunch break

Matti h and JJ at the Vajosuo birdwatching tower

Rather difficult riding

How did this happen?

Frozen rear derailleur

Frozen SPD pedals

The boardwalk is somewhere under the water

Almost done

This was the best Kuhankuono ride so far. The full set of pictures are here.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fall light

The fall greyness gave place for some nicer weather, at least for a while, which was perfect for going out for a ride.