*** SUMMER -2003- ***





-- Col de la Croix de Fer ------------------ Télégraphe --- Galibier ----------- Alpe d'Huez
719 m ---------- 2068 m ---------- 546 -- 712 -- 1570 ----- 2642 m ------------------ 1880 m

0 --------------- 38 km ---------- 67 --- 81 -- 92.5 ------ 114.5 km ------------- 161 -- 174


Our results on the famous "La Marmotte" - 174 km - June 5 2003

Dossard 3243 - #2035 - Frans - 45y/85kg - cat.E - 09:20:41 - silver - 18.62 km/h
Dossard 3251 - #3499 - Siemen - 54y/75kg - cat.F - 10:46:05 - silver- 16:16 km/h
Dossard 3232 - #4288 - Pats - 52y/95kg - cat.F - 12:03:07 - bronze - 14.44 km/h

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5th of July - 2003 - Marmotte - 174.4 km - #4516 finished
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2 weeks later I flew to Green Bay-Wisconsin for my 5th bicycle-holiday
AMS - DTW - GRB flying with NW-KLM
Since 1979 it was my 30st time to North America.

Kenora - Ontario - Morning fog


Sherwood - Green Bay - Duluth - Kenora - Winnipeg - Saskatoon - Martensville
2302 km on my "GlobeTraveller - GTR" an extension of last year

  • 6 Bicycle rides - USA - CANADA

  • 1994 - Milwaukee - Amberg - vv- 1221 km
    1995 - Calgary - Saskatoon - 642 km
    1995 - Estevan - Garrison - 321 km
    1997 - Chicago - Green Bay - vv - 776 km
    2002 - Lansdale - Green Bay - 1706 km
    2003 - Sherwood - Martensville - 2337 km
    ----- Total: 7003 km / 4377 mi ------
    ----- On schedule - # 6 ---
    2004
    - Seattle - Calgary - 1450 km
    ----- Total: 8453 km / 5283 mi ------
    USA-MAP-ITINERARY-since-1978
    Click on USA-MAP for more itineraries

    Stayed with Scott and Kristi Hurst, Sherwood, WI
    Sherwood - Green Bay - 57 km - 20.72 km/h - 2:45 hrs
    Stayed with Debbie Riley, Green Bay, WI
    Green Bay - Amberg - 164 km - 21.20 km/h - 7:44 hrs
    Stayed with Debbie Riley, Amberg, WI
    Amberg - Three Lakes - 125 km - 18.61 km/h - 6:43 hrs
    Three Lakes - Mercer - 107 km - 18.55 km/h - 5:46 hrs
    Mercer - Ashland - 108 km - 22.35 km/h - 4:50 hrs
    Ashland - Cloquet - 147 km - 20.39 km/h - 7:13 hrs
    Stayed with Dick and Kathy Hurst, Cloquet, MN
    Brother of Scott Hurst
    Cloquet - Virginia - 106 km - 23.90 km/h - 4:26 hrs
    Stayed with "Betty-Nan" Wheeler - 20 Feb 1925, Winnipeg, MB - 05 Oct 2012, Zim, MN - Age 87
    Mother of one my friends, Mary Elizabeth Wheeler, who lives in the Netherlands
    Virginia - Fort Frances - 170 km - 23.78 km/h - 7:09 hrs
    Sherwood - International Falls / Fort Frances = 984 km / 615 mi - 21.12km/h - 46:36 hrs


    Fort Frances - Nestor Falls - 96 km - 21.37 km/h - 4:30 hrs
    See the motel in Nestor Falls - good spot !!!
    Nestor Falls - Kenora - 110 km - 19.94 km/h - 5:31hrs
    Kenora - Whitemouth - 146 km - 20.49 km/h - 7:08 hrs
    Whitemouth - Beausejour - 50 km - 20.96 km/h - 2:23 hrs
    Beausejour - Stonewall - 70 km - 20.08 km/h - 3:29 hrs
    Stonewall - Portage la Prairie- 90 km - 19.99 km/h - 4:30 hrs
    Fort Frances - Yellowhead 16 Hwy = 568 km / 355 mi - 20:43 km/h - 27:48 hrs
    .............
    Portage la Prairie - Neepawa - 106 km - 18.67 km/h - 5:41 hrs
    Neepawa - Shoal Lake - 92 km - 18.94 km/h - 4:51 hrs
    Shoal Lake - Russell - 79 km - 20.99 km/h - 3:46 hrs
    Russell - Yorkton - 107 km - 26.30 km/h - 4:04 hrs
    Yorkton - Foam Lake - 98 km - 18.64 km/h - 5:15 hrs
    Foam Lake - Martensville - 274 km - 26.14 km/h - 10:29 hrs
    Yellowhead 16 Hwy - Saskatoon / Martensville = 750 km / 469 mi - 22.17 km/h - 43:06 hrs
    Stayed with Bas and Martha Froese-Kooijenga, Martensville, SK



    Sherwood - Martensville = 2302 km / 1439 mi - 21.27 km/h - 108 hrs 13 min


    YXE - MSP - AMS flying with NW-KLM

    Schiphol - Zwolle - Vollenhove - 35 km

    Total mileage this year - 9840 km - 6150 miles - 104 rides

    7503 km - Race - 2337 km - Trekking
    home-work 'clicks' - 3220 km

    13060 km - 8163 mi


    In preparation for my 1st "Marmotte" I did this mileage:

    March 16 - First ride 2003 - 55 km - 1 man
    Lost 12 kg since Jan. 1st 2003 - a nice start with 93 kg
    A ride through de Wieden & Weerribben

    April 13 - De Knobbel - 102 km - 6 men
    Vollenhove - t'Harde v.v. - small hills

    April 30 - ZW-Friesland - 160 km - 6 men
    Our WWW-ride = Wetering - Wolvega - Workum

    Planned these two crossings in our route through Friesland
    More about these short-cuts - nr.33 & nr.29

    May 3 - Holterbergtour - 157 km - 2 men
    A nice ride with Holten as base - Holterberg, etc...
    WWW.WVHOLTEN.NL


    May 18 - Limburg Mooiste - 275 km - 3 men
    Southern part of Holland - Cauberg, Keutenberg , Eyserbosweg, etc...
    WWW.LIMBURGSMOOISTE.NL

    Also with a damaged rim I reached the finishline in Kerkrade

    May 22-26 - Willingen - Germany - 98-102-108 km - 6 men
    Sauerland - serious hills around Willingen - Winterberg


    View from the balcony

    Pats - Rein - Bram - Siemen - Frans - Wil
    In front of the guesthouse

    June 8 - Tilff-Bastogne-Tiff - 229 km - Belgium - 5 men
    A ride through the Ardennes - la Redoute - Wanne , etc...


    TBT was this year the replacement for LBL of August 9

    June 14 - IJsselmeer-North - 256 km - 5 men
    You can retrieve the satellite images from "DHP" "Dutch Home Page"


    Vollenhove - Zurich - Afsluitdijk - Den Oever - Enkhuizen
    - Lelystad - Dronten - Kampen - Genemuiden - Vollenhove



    Rein - Bram - Pats - Frans - Siemen
    Always celebrate this long ride with a few "Palm" beer
    2 years in a row the same traditon
    2001 - (North-235km) and 2002 - (South-283km)

    June 21 - Hel van Wageningen - 156 km - 5 men
    A ride with hills up to 100 m
    WWW.TCW79.NL

    June 31 - Croix de Fer - France - 98 km - 3 men
    Southern climb - first 38 km of the La Marmotte
    with Les Ougiers as base


    This 2067 meter wasn't easy with a temperature of 35C/95F

    July 1 - Villard Reculas - France - 51 km - 3 men
    Les Ougiers - Allemond - D44B - D211b - Huez - Les Ougiers

    Hairpin 21 - alt 806 m - grade 11%

    June 2 - Alpe d'Huez - France - 51 km - 3 men
    my 1st climb of the Alpe d' Huez - 1:30 hrs
    Frans - 1:06 - Siemen - 1:16

    Hairpin 1 - alt 1713 m - grade 7 % - almost there

    with the regular weekly rides - 2 to 3 times
    it was a total of 5165 km - 3228 miles - avg. 100 km per ride
    Enough to "tackle" my first "Marmotte"

    Replaced the normal 700x23c with Continental Grand Prix - 700x20c
    further a 44/32/22 triple - 8-speed = 25-23-21-19-17-15-13-11
    instead of my normal 53/42/30 - 8speed = 28-25-21-19-17-16-15-13
    With 95 kilo's ( 209 lbs ) a nice gear
    to control a mountain like the Galibier - elev.2642m



    Afterwards I can tell you:

    "It was the right choice"




    "Au revoir la FRANCE, à bientot !"





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