Today was the first time since October 11th last year that I cycled outside, on real roads!

I spent the winter maintaining fitness on my indoor spin bike.

Rebuilding my three year old bike with some new components also took much time (& money!).

I’m confident that it won’t need to be replaced for a few years yet.

Today’s 45 km ride to the north of Heerlen was therefore something of a test session for the bike’s new components and my 67 year old legs.

Happy to report both are in excellent shape and I’m very much looking forward to a very challenging 800 km ride starting 25th March.

Today’s featured image is of the purpose built cycle flyover at Schinveld which separates cyclists from the busy roundabout below.

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