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Catena : Italian for Chain / "(A length of) rings usually made of metal which are connected together and used for fastening, pulling, supporting." (Cambridge Dictionary)
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about us ?
Mountain bikers? Cycling lovers? Recreational cyclists? Passionates about cycling? Long distance cyclists? Yes, we are !
We just like to cycle, since we were kids ... We met each other on our path and decided to create CatenaCycling.com.
Wearing nice red boots, together with my little brother, cycling at my grandparents' floristry. Dreaming we were Eddy Merckx ...
Palmares i.a. the Mont Ventoux. The Grand Raid, but taken out of the race. Cycled on his own from Ghent (BE) to naar Santiago de Compostela (ES) (see routes bernardNL). And participates on a regular basis at organized tours both on muddy trails and on tarmac. And thus, questions himself now an then "what 's the fun about cycling with your bicycle across slippery cobblestones"?
Loves to cycle together with his wife and son (4 years) through the beautiful Flemish landscapes, and much further than this.
Loves to be in the kitchen now and then, mostly to taste, and sometimes to cook, loves to eat (sometimes too much) and appreciates a local beer (or more than one) after cycling.
Data Nerd (and comes out for it ...). Also kicks on the fact that he was the first Westerner to climb the highest mountain in Thailand on a folding bike.
His palmares i.a. : Grand Raid Cristalp (MTB) - and yes, he finsished it ! -, Canada "coast to coast" (touring bike), Zillerthal Radmarathon (MTB), Northern-Thailand (Brompton). And in 2013 hopefullly the Styrkeprøven (Trondheim-Oslo).
Hobby's, according to his cv: cooking (and eating) (eating a lot) (oh, eating really too much!)
When he was a boy (in the seventies) multiple winner of the Tour and winner of some famous climb time trials such as the famous Blakenberg (with an elevation of 11 m).
Nowadays, he still likes to climb, but yet less smoothly than in his days of glory. Has climbed i.a. the Mont Ventoux (5x), Crêt de Chatillon and Alpe d'Huez.
Still dreams of climbing all the other mountains ik the Alps, the Dolomites and the Pyrenees, but meanwhile you can find him occasionally in the Flemish Ardennes where he gets inspiration for his paintings.
Still a fan of ... Lucien Van Impe.
The Koppenberg: rather paint it than climb it.