52 responses

  1. Klaus
    June 11, 2019

    Hope Garmin-Tacx will bring enough bug free bottles.

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 11, 2019

      We bought those last time…but…there’s still a few boxes sitting here in front of me. Ya never know where they might go… 😉

  2. Sam
    June 11, 2019

    OMG this is going to be a blast!!! Going to look forward to visit amsterdam,

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 12, 2019

      Awesome – see ya here!

  3. PaulyG
    June 11, 2019

    On a similar topic, the ITU Multisport Festival is heading to Almere Sept 4-13 2020. It is a bit of a ways off but it would be great for those of us overseas to have an opportunity to finally meet you. link to almere.triathlon.org

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 12, 2019

      Oh, nice! I hadn’t caught that. Yeah, that’s definitely a good one to keep in mind for next year to figure out some event tied to that time-wise. Nice one!

  4. Wannes van der Linden
    June 11, 2019

    How safe is it to store the bike after the ride? Do we need locks and stuff?

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 12, 2019

      The area/building is increda-safe, but if you’ve got a 10,000 race bike…I’m not sure I’d trust that anywhere to be honest. There’s actually a moat in between the building and the outside world, but, the outside world a across the moat is a super popular cycling path (especially on weekends) and I’d hate for someone to get curious. We’ll likely close at least one of the major ‘castle gates’ onto the property, but we’ll have to leave the other open for folks to get in/out.

      There will be a lot of bikes for sure, so I’ll have some form of tri/bike racks for folks to connect them to. But a lock wouldn’t hurt.

    • Remco Verdoold
      June 12, 2019

      So you got a room at the Bijlmer Bajes?

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 12, 2019

      Once the gates come down, it’s kinda a bit like that…

    • Remco Verdoold
      June 12, 2019

      Hope you are giving ‘ get out of jail free’ cards too?!?

  5. Bikeman
    June 11, 2019

    Total knee replacement the week prior. I’ll look forward to the podcast. Bikes, BBQ & beer. These are some of my favorite things.

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 12, 2019

      Perfect! Well, the beer/bbq/bikes bit…less so the knee.

  6. David Lusty
    June 11, 2019

    Doh! I was in Lanzarote last time and will be in Vegas this time 🙁 Hope it’s a great event! I’m in Lanzarote first two weeks of December again so will likely miss the next one too 😂

    • David Lusty
      June 11, 2019

      That said, I think I now recognise that windmill 😂

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 12, 2019

      Ahh bummer!

  7. JP
    June 12, 2019

    “Per Dutch law, all group rides must stop at least one windmill for photographic reasons”

    Does said ‘law’ also explain how to stop a windmill? 😉

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 12, 2019

      Haha…good catch. I’d suggest with throwing bitterballen at it.

    • JP
      June 14, 2019

      Suggesting overruled .. that would be a waste of good food :-p

  8. Remco Verdoold
    June 12, 2019

    For those really wanting to go to Amsterdam with a car I can only suggest to park underneath the olympic stadium using the P+R rules.
    Sorry Ray not coming.

    • Jorick
      June 12, 2019

      P+R regulations only allow parking there if you take public transport atleast x stops towards the centre and this ain’t complying with that.

    • Erik de Jongh
      July 8, 2019

      I would suggest parking at the Amsterdam Forrest (Bosbaan 4, 1182 AG Amstelveen / link to goo.gl). There are almost 700 parking spots and the first 3 hours are free, and €2,50 for each hour after that (daily max is €15). Plus it’s only a 3-minute ride to the VUMC.

    • JB
      July 8, 2019

      If you park at Amsterdam Forrest, is there a train then or bus/”tram” to the VUMC?

    • Erik de Jongh
      July 8, 2019

      It’s like an 800m walk, not really worth buying a bus ticket.

    • JB
      July 8, 2019

      Thanks a lot! Walking 800 meters should be fine :-). Anybody else thinking of parking there and then walk? I’ll look to be there around 11AM, we could agree on meeting there and going over to Ray’s place.

    • Nuno
      July 12, 2019

      I will take care, busy day forces me to cancel the bike ride. Planning to be there around 1100

  9. Matthew Alboum
    June 12, 2019

    So jealous! Would love to see a group ride meet-up near NYC one day!

  10. NUNO PINTO
    June 13, 2019

    I am coming from The Hague and taking my bike. Is it recommend to travel by car ? If so where can I park ??? I need to carry a bagpack for sweaty clothes, and spare shoes, do not want to walk around all day on SIDI.

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 13, 2019

      The trains come super close by (and are non-stop from Den Hague to Amsterdam Zuid), so I personally would avoid a car if at all possible.

      That said, there are some parking spots within a few blocks on the streets surrounding. I’ll send all that info out in an e-mail the week prior.

    • NUNO PINTO
      June 13, 2019

      Thanks Ray, I will take into consideration your advise.

  11. Thomas Bogaard
    June 13, 2019

    Quick question, do you get a confirmation email? Otherwise I need to sign up. Looking forward to it!

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 13, 2019

      No immediate confirmation email, but you’ll get a little confirmation text after entering in your details.

      I can see you successfully on the list though, so you’re good to go!!!

      In early July I’ll send out a bit of a more detailed email with all the goods you’ll need to know.

    • Thomas Bogaard
      June 13, 2019

      Thanks for checking! Will check the SPAM folder 🙂

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 14, 2019

      Oh, no SPAM folder checkage yet (I mean, you can, but there won’t be anything from me there yet). I might do a quick confirmation e-mail to folks next week, just for fun. But otherwise next contact will be the first week of July.

    • David Chao
      June 14, 2019

      Hello Ray – I registered but didn’t get any kind of acknowledgment – do you already have me and my wife Jennie down? So cool that our trip out that way happens to coincide with your event!

  12. NUNO PINTO
    June 14, 2019

    Ray, please check my name on your list, I may have registered twice. Sorry for that

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 14, 2019

      Yup, you’re all good! Just on there once. Looking forward to seeing you!

  13. Charlie Groll
    June 14, 2019

    I’d love to make the trek out to Amsterdam one of these days… for something like this, an added benefit would be listing bike rentals in the area if you know of any. I know it’s Amsterdam, so that’s pretty much every corner, but still…. 🙂

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 18, 2019

      I presume you’re talking for just around town type bikes?

      We’ve used Black Bikes in the past (including for the giant dutch clog bike we rented once). They have a bunch of locations throughout the city. Seem good to me, but I haven’t done a done of research.

      link to black-bikes.com

  14. SwimNBike
    June 17, 2019

    BBQ is Awesome, if the weather co-operates.

    But ehmm scrolling through the comments section I have not seen any comments on Pizza Oven..

    Where are we with that?

    or did I miss anything?

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 18, 2019

      “Where are we with that?”

      Umm….well…we’re working on that.

  15. Georg
    June 18, 2019

    Thinking of flying in to Amsterdam Shiphol. Is it easy to take a train to your event location from the airport?
    Could you recommend a B&B or such nearby? Would like to leave by Sunday morning. Thank you!

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 18, 2019

      Super easy from Schiphol by train or Uber. Uber is your best bet here over a taxi. It’ll cost about 17-19EUR and take about 10-12 minutes to either studio. Super close. A taxi will somehow cost you 40-50EUR and take the same amount of time.

      To take the train to the studio, it’s a whopping 7 minutes non-stop to ‘Amsterdam Zuid’ (leaves every 6 minutes). It’s about a 10-15 minute walk from the station to Studio. The train costs 2.80EUR per person. Note that technically “Amstelveenseweg” is closer, but you’ll have to make a connection, so it ends up being a wash.

      For hotels/places, I did some quick digging. If you want to search more deeply, simply put in this as your location: “Amsterdam UMC VumC”. That said, the hotel that’s most sport-focused is the new ‘Olympic Hotel’, which opened up a couple months ago. Your room has either a view of the track & river, or has a view of Olympic stadium. While I haven’t stayed in it, the rooms from looking in look pretty nice. It’s perhaps an 8-10 minute walk to the Studio. There’s also a few house boats in the area too, though they look all sold out for that night.

      Hope you can make it!

  16. Thijs
    June 18, 2019

    I wonder how many Dutchies would take on this ride with a normal, day-to-day bike wearing normal clothes 😛 I know I’m considering it…

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 18, 2019

      Do it with a non-e cargo bike too…and then I’ll be impressed. 🙂

    • Kareltje
      June 22, 2019

      nah, I don’t have a power meter on my normal bike….

    • Karolus
      June 22, 2019

      And loaded with beer for the team!

  17. Klaus
    July 4, 2019

    Hi, did you send any information with mail for people who registered to your “DCR Cave Summer Open House & BBQ”. I registered early but no information until now.

    • DC Rainmaker
      July 5, 2019

      Hi Klaus!

      Fear not, working on the e-mail as we speak. Should be going out here this afternoon.

      Cheers!

  18. Michael Adrian
    July 7, 2019

    Out of curiosity and to finalize plans for the upcoming weekend: Has anyone gotten the info mail so far?

    I’m just trying to figure out if there was a problem with my registration or if Ray is just busy with other stuff (I understood folks are eagerly waiting for the MARQ review).

    • DC Rainmaker
      July 7, 2019

      Unfortunately just me horribly busy at the TdF. Fear not though, everyone who hit the registration button is confirmed (or anyone who still needs to register, we still have a few spots).

    • Michael Adrian
      July 7, 2019

      Thx Ray, have fun at the TdF and enjoy your time!

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