Yup, you read the title right! It’s the annual winter DCR Cave Open House! We’re keeping things to the exact same weekend as last year, which almost means we’re getting organized and consistent these days. Almost. But far more important is that both Des of DesFit and GPLama (Shane Miller) will be making the trek again up to the Cave. And, we’ll be adding in the live ‘studio audience’ FIT File Podcast recording as well! This is our 6th annual winter open house (plus the summer one we did this past July).
Last year’s open house was massive! With nearly 200 people showing up, despite strong and windy sideways rain (in other words, just another Saturday in Amsterdam). Additionally, last year the open house registration filled up super quick (we’re capping it again), though we will have a waitlist again, just in case someone else decides they have something better to do (what?!?).
As with all years, the event is broken up into two basic pieces: The morning run, and the evening open house party. First up in the morning we’ll head out for a group run. We’ve mostly lucked out on weather ever year we’ve done this…ignoring the one time it was well below the freezing point. So hopefully the trend holds true. The run is ‘no-drop’, so nobody is left behind, and we’ll do about 10KM at a fun pace, stopping to take a few photos along the way.
After that it’s a great time to explore Amsterdam for the day, especially if you’re coming from out of town (about 30-40% of folks last year came from around beyond the Netherlands, and even the US!). A lot of people make a fun weekend out of it. Come in Friday after work, enjoy the Amsterdam nightlife, do a morning run and then spend the weekend seeing the sights. Your significant other is more than welcome at the Open House!
The open house portion is where you’ll explore the DCR Cave, and all the goodness inside of it. We’ve got a crazy pile of gear right now in there, from the Wahoo KICKR Bike to the Oreka bike platform, to the True Kinetix Bike, and maybe even the Saris MP1 platform by time the end of next month rolls around. Or, you can just stare into the ever-bright overkill amount of studio lights.
We’ll be doing a live recording of the FIT File Podcast like we did this past summer, including a bulky Q&A section for all your questions. It should be lots of fun! And this time we’re actually recording the whole thing on video too (we’ll see on Nov 30th how prepared I actually am….).
Of course – there’s an endless supply of beer and wine. I think we had more than 800 servings last winter. Seriously folks, you know how to party! Oh, and The Girl rocks the bar for bartending:
Plus of course, everyone can just chat and catch up. Lama, Des, and myself will be floating around for all the geek-talk you can imagine (how do I not have a good pic of all three of us together?!? Someone remind me this year!).
And lastly, we’ll have a giveaway. It wouldn’t be complete without an epic giveaway!
Looking for recaps of last year? No problem, ask and you shall receive! First up the complete event recap (put together by Des):
And then Shane (GPLAMA) put together a preview walk-through of the DCR Cave about 90 minutes before the open house. You can still see us all working as efficiently as possible to set things up before everyone arrived.
And then Des delivered hilarity on the highest order of magnitude with this short video:
With that – I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there, hit up the registration link down below to get started!
For the Open House:
Date: Saturday, November 30th, 2019 – 7PM (19:00)
Location: Exact location sent via e-mail a few days ahead, but near the VU Medisch Centrum (VU University Medical Center/Hospital) in Amsterdam Zuid
Closest Tram Stop: VU Medisch Centrum – Tram Line #24 (2-minute walk)
Bike Parking: Plenty, more than you’d know what to do with
Car Parking: There is limited parking in the general vicinity
Food: We’ll have various appetizer & dessert items…and lots of beer and wine!
Price: Free of course!
For the DCR Group Run:
Date: Saturday, November 30th, 2019 – 9:30AM
Address: We’ll start somewhere more central Amsterdam, likely from near the western side of Vondelpark
This group run will take us on an approximately 10KM route around Amsterdam. While the famous IAmsterdam sign in front of the Rijksmuseum is no longer there (last year we managed a group photo the day before they removed it!), we’ll certainly try and find an equally iconic spot for the annual group photo. And ya never know, maybe the roaming signs will be within running distance!
Like last year we’ll have a place for you to store any bags/clothes/Haribo you want to leave during the run. Actually, scratch that – I can’t guarantee secure Haribo storage, but for everything else I’ve got ya covered!
Upon return, we’ll have some goodies to help you replenish your nutrition for a few hours. And again, we’ll leave nobody behind on the run – so fear not!
For the open house simply use the form below to sign-up (just so I can figure out how much cheese, beer, and wine to buy…and cupcakes to make!). We’re using a different registration system this year, which I hope will make things way easier (mainly for me, but also for you). If you want to register multiple people (such as your lovely significant other), you can easily do so. Plus, it’ll make it easier for me to send you updates along the way.
I’ll use the e-mail provided to send the final details (and a reminder) as we get closer to the date. See ya there!
Note: Folks from various sports tech companies are of course more than welcome! Just be sure to bring enough devices for everyone. Kidding! Or not.