Day 67: Unleashing the Monster

Before I leave for the U.S., Nora and Erna announced their desire to vist me in Den Haag again. They would arrive today. The weather was again quite good (even sunny in the beginning, although I did get a few rain drops, too), so some riding needed to be done. I left a little later than planned, but really wanted to get the originally planned ride in.

The wise thing to do would have been to shorten the ride. This way, I had an ambitious goal, though: Arrive with Nora and Erna back to the flat in Den Haag. Erna had shared their live location on WhatsApp as they were driving from Germany to The Netherlands, so I could always see how I was doing, relatively.

Well, unfortunately, I missed the synchronous arrival target by a good 30 minutes (thanks to Timi for opening the door in Den Haag!).

I did have good reason to push. On the flip side, that meant I did not even have the time time to take a picture of today’s ride.

And, boy, did the pedals turn! My only regret would perhaps have been the direction of travel – on the last 30km leg alongside the highway, I had a pretty strong headwind. I am sure that cost me a lot of time overall.

I had dropped my stem by a good centimeter, and rode almost the entire ride in the drops!

Still, it felt really nice to push hard for once!

Tot zo,


(There was Day 65, a 64km recovery ride with Timea, during which we visited the Zaanse Schans, in between, for which I did not write a blog post.)

Moritz Beller

Moritz Beller

My name is Moritz Beller. I became a full time cycling pro amateur around the Netherlands and beyond to fill a time gap between jobs after temporarily leaving my post-doc at TU Delft. In this blog, I want to share what I experience during my time on and off the road.