This is Kermit, a Neon Green Giant Anyroad Advanced 1. Kermit and I have been together for almost three years. We have travelled more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles) together.
I have done two unsupported bike races with Kermit. The first was in Denmark and the second was in the Netherlands.
Round Denmark Bike Race – July 2018
This route is about 1,965 km (1,220) miles. I got lost a few times so my version of it was more like 2,100 km (1304 miles). Denmark is a country made up of several islands. The route includes several ferry rides. Although primarily on outstanding paved bike paths, there is mix of road surfaces – asphalt, gravel, dirt, cobblestone and sand.
This was an important life-time milestone for me. I made many notes while on the route and prepared a Google Doc. You can view that as a PDF with the link at the end of this sentence or use the Google Doc link to the left. As a finisher, I even made the Hall of Fame which is a source of great pride for me.
Race Around the Netherlands – May 2019 The Race Around the Netherlands is a self-supported bike-packing event following a route rich with history and scenic vistas. Race around the Netherlands is a fully self-supported bike-packing race. The RatN is a do-it-yourself challenge. You are your own ride organizer. It is 1890k in distance with 6,800m of elevation.
Unlike the previous year in Denmark, RATN2019 had a tight timeline. I failed to finish but in my heart know I could have and should have finished. I wasn’t tough enough at the start of the race. This is not a mistake I’ll repeat. You can click on the Google Doc icon on the left to view my story or open a PDF version with the icon at the end of this sentence.