Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.
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hobby - 11 Mar 2019
Each year in February or March my friends from university and I go on a trip for a long weekend to cycle, have a few drinks and tune out of our busy daily lives. Last weekend was our 18th year in a row and although we usually go to the Belgian Ardennes we decided to go to Mallorca this year. I really enjoyed our recent trip to Mallorca in October, and surprisingly, it’s not even more expensive to fly and stay on an island in the Mediterranean Sea than to drive to the south of Belgium and rent a house there. It helps of course that we could stay in the apartment of one of my friends. So instead of cold, clouds, rain and perhaps even snow, we had a lovely temperature, sun and a blue sky.
We made two rides in our three days on the island. The first one was 93km with 1590 altimeters. We cycled from Palma to Puigpunyent in the North West - had to take a little detour as the road was closed for a mud run - to the photogenic mountain village of Deia and via the long climb at Sóller in the North back to Palma. The second day the ride was 94km with 1800 altimeters, going more to the North West of the island. Unfortunately the road was closed near Estellenes - this time due to a car rally (much noise!) - which meant we had to cycle back 22km to the previous exit. But we made up for it with a delicious Mallorcan lunch in the beautiful village of Galilea after 66km. It didn’t matter at all that the last climb back to Palma didn’t go so well.
I’m still recovering from the weekend, but I had an amazing time!