Gert-Jan van der Wel

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Cycling the Hamptons & Corfu

hobby - 25 Sep 2019

I don’t ride my road bike a lot, but I try to ride it every Sunday morning with friends as a way to get out of the house and get some exercise. I aim to ride about 3000 kilometers this year, but I’m not sure if I’ll make it. Autumn and winter are coming to the Netherlands and with that comes cold, windy and rainy weather. Not ideal to be outside cycling.

Although I don’t get as far as I’d like, I still like to ride in foreign places whenever I get the opportunity. So far this year, I’ve cycled in 6 different countries - Netherlands (duh), Belgium/France (Ardennes), Spain (Mallorca) and I could add two foreign islands to the mix last month USA (The Hamptons) and Greece (Corfu).

The Hamptons on Long Island, US

I only spent just over a day in the Hamptons, but right after my meeting was over I rented a bike at Rotations at the end of the day. Unfortunately they didn’t have a carbon bike, but I wouldn’t let that stop me.

The Hamptons is the place where the rich & famous from New York City, Connecticut and Hollywood come to spend the weekend in their large houses in the woods or near the beach.

It was lovely to cycle through the wooded areas and the quaint villages. I had to hurry a bit because it was getting dark and a massive storm was coming. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite make it back in time and nearly drowned on my bike in the heavy rain with bolts of lightning all around me. But still had a lot of fun.

The Island of Corfu, Greece

The Hamptons are mainly flat, but the Island of Corfu in Greece is most definitely not. I spent the summer holiday with my family on this beautiful island in the Ionic sea. Most of the time we were just relaxing on the beach, in a pool or visiting cute little villages.

During this holiday I hired a carbon bike twice at the magnificent bike store S-Bikes and cycled up the Pantokrator - a hill 911 meters high. It was quite steep, pretty warm weather and the road was terrible at times but I made it to the top. Dead and satisfied.