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DCR Open House Winter 2019 Photo Recap!

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This past weekend we held our 6th annual DCR Cave Open House (now the 2nd winter one in Amsterdam, or 3rd counting our first summer edition this past July). It was once again a sold out crowd, for both the morning run as well as the evening festivities at the Cave. These events are so much crazy bigger than our first one six years ago! All in, between the run and the evening open house, we had nearly 200 people show up!

People came from all around the world, though largely from within Europe. They came from England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, France, Spain, and many more. A few different people from the US as part of other trips, and one from Taiwan. Plus of course GPLAMA from Australia and DesFit from Colorado.  And then a large pile pedaled their way in from around the Netherlands. Woot!

Here’s a quick recap to all the goodness!

The Morning Run:

First up on the docket was the morning run. This has been a tradition since the first open house, and the goal is to get in a few of the sights of the city for those from out of town, as well as to catch-up with everyone at a nice leisurely pace. Like last year, All4Running – a local running shop here, helped out on the morning of by not only providing a place for us to meet and store stuff, but also goodie bags for everyone and drinks afterwards. They’re awesome!

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We then did a quick intro outside, giving a couple more minutes for any folks running a wee bit behind to catch up. Of course, our group pic got photobombed by a cyclist. Welcome to Amsterdam!

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After that, it was into Vondelpark as one giant conga line!

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The Girl was out on the Urban Arrow (with Peanut 3 actually under her coat). She’d pedal ahead to get some group shots:

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I think my combination of cold fingers with early morning light netted me a large collection of slightly fuzzy running photos. Sorry y’all!

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Our primary stop was in front of the Rijksmuseum for a big group shot! Or twelve shots.

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I’m not sure exactly what The Girl was doing – but I just found this in the pile of photos:

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And then some tourists decided they wanted to get in the shot too. Obviously, the more the merrier!

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Of course, after posing in front of the museum, it was time to run through it!

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After that, it was back onto the roads as we traversed the town!

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In fact, repeat Open House attendee WayeOfLife was also Plogging, which is where you pickup/collect discarded street trash along the way. For this run he focused on picking up cigarette boxes.

 

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#dcropenhouse morning run. Even better turnout than last year’s @dcrainmaker open house. This morning was the run. Tonight the goodness of the sports tech cave he has The cohosts @getdesfit and @gplama were there too if course. . I am trying to minimise my impact with this event. So went there via bike-bus-run .. didn’t take the freebie water bottle (have enough) and also plogged. . @all4runningstore were awesome hosts!.. I did take the shirt that gave everyone as it is perfect for our son to use for gym.. woohoo. . I also plogged on the run itself but tried to restrict myself to cigarette packets only (to avoid impacting the large group of runners). But a friend joined in and helped me. That was so cool. . Today’s total is 37 with all stages combined #nicotinenovember @onepieceafteranother . The last day of the #2minbcphotochallenge10 is here and it is #sparkletrash for this I will simply point out my sparkly running shoes that I used during all the plogging . Photo/video details 1. It was a big group! 2. Ok everyone. Synchronise GPS.. Now! 3. A tourist taking a selfie of Ray taking a selfie of us all 4. All 4Running were perfect hosts 5. Sparkly shoes 6. Plogging on way to event 7. Together we collected loads of cigarette packets! 8. That many! 9. Such a great event . . . . #trashtag #litterpicking #ploggingnederland #ploggingnetherlands #litter #savetheearth #plogga #running #runtoinspire #runnerland #runplanet #borntorun #plogging #runlovers #zwerfafval #zwerfie #plantbased #vegan #hardlopen #garmin #garminrunner #recycle

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He also recruited a few volunteers, and they had bags full of them by the end.

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Soon we found ourselves doing a loop around Olympic Stadium.

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I added this purely because I thought it’d look cool on Strava afterwards:

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Only problem? I didn’t take into account the fact that my GPS track would also track me running out randomly to get photos of the group from a distance. Huh. Or, that the GPS itself would decide to go through the stadium.

As we worked our way back, the Banana Car went driving by on the bike path. Our very long snake of a line of runners stretching off into the distance behind me:

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And then it was back down the canals before crossing one last bridge back to the start:

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Once back at the shop, All4Running got bags of goodness for everyone, plus some refreshments.

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A huge thanks to everyone who came out for the morning run. Some of you weren’t able to make the open house portion later that night, so it’s awesome to at least get to go for a run with ya in the morning. Plus, we all lucked out (once again!) on the weather. It was great for this time of year – sunny and a bit chilly. Perfect!

The Evening Open House:

Later that evening it was time for the main event – the Open House! Heck, this year we even had a tent outside for check-in via an iPad. Slowly but surely we’re getting this event planning thing figured out! Though, not enough that I actually have a picture of said tent or check-in.

In any case, here’s the downstairs at some point during the evening:

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In the back we had a bar that The Girl was operating – complete with Peanut #3 attached to her in a carrier for the evening. P3 was great the entire night! And in fact wasn’t the only baby there. I saw at least two more little ones enjoying the evening.

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Up at the front we had a bunch of food, as well as food on tables. I also didn’t think to get a picture of that either. I really sucked at getting photos this time. In fact, come to think of it – I don’t think I even ate anything other than grabbing a single piece of something off of a tray as it went across the floor. Eeks!

Downstairs we had a Wahoo KICKR+KICKR CLIMB station setup, though, the iPad it was attached to was struggling with battery issues for some reason. On the opposite side we had an Elite Suito + the new steering device setup. That was running FulGaz on a big screen:

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Also floating around was the Oreka bike treadmill-like trainer, but we didn’t have that rideable for the evening since I’m pretty sure that’d have ended poorly.  And of course in the back was the ever-growing fleet of trainers.

Meanwhile, upstairs was where most of the action was:

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It’s here in the main studio/shooting room where folks were able to jump on the three indoor bikes I currently have in-house: The Wahoo KICKR Bike, Tacx NEO Bike Smart, and Wattbike Atom. Side by side – perfect for seeing how they feel one after another (and many many many people did just that).

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I took a photo of the screens at the end of the night (don’t worry, we discarded the mileage). The TACX NEO Bike accumulated 27.5mi (44.25km), while the KICKR Bike was at 33.5mi (53.91km). I didn’t have enough big screen TV’s for the Wattbike Atom. Things to sort out for next year!

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Next door was the main storage room, where endless rows of bins kept all the gadgets semi-organized. Plus the main office areas to sit and relax and chat. Maybe it’s time for another DCR Cave Tour – now that it’s been a year since the last one. It’s so much different now! Though, actually, GPLAMA did a quick tour right before the Open House this year, which he put up on his channel within the Team Lama Members section.

After everyone got settled it was time to give away a few things and record the FIT File Podcast. In fact, we even did a video of it this time. Actually, not only did we do a video, we even had three different camera angles. And get this: They all actually worked. I mean, sure, there were three of us figuring this out – but hey – every once in a while the blind squirrel finds a nut.

You can watch the whole thing right here:

After that, we gave a bunch of goodness away. GoPro Hero 8, Wahoo ROAM, Polar OH1 Plus, Garmin FR945, and a few smaller Garmin FR35’s. All sent over from Clever Training. Plus a bunch of goodie bag packages of tech running shorts and other assorted fitness bits.

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Here’s a selfie I took towards the end, of one chunk of the group:

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After that, I was able to continue catching up with many of you chatting all things sports tech. And yup – Harry was able to punch his ticket for the longest streak of DCR Open House attendees – going 5 straight annual winter events strong (including the Paris ones):

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After that – folks stayed for many hours (till 1AM actually) chatting up the night. Oh…and trying to their best to take on our beer supply. And while they came close – we still have a few bottles left from our nearly 800 servings of alcohol we had on-hand. Good effort folks…try harder next time!

Speaking of which, we’re looking forward to putting on another summer open house next summer. We haven’t quite finalized the date or time frame yet (it’ll likely either be closer to the Tour de France time range, or later in the summer around Eurobike) – we should know by early February

Oh – also – if you’re headed to the Tour Down Under, then we’re also doing a big meet-up down there one evening mid-week. Bike, Tech, and Beer! We’re just finalizing the last bit of logistics, but be on the lookout for that soon! GPLama will be there of course, and I think we’ve even suckered DesFit into making the trip as well.

And again – a huge thanks to everyone who came to the event, and the many of you I got to chat with. Another great night for sure!

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20 Comments

  1. kinkei

    Will you be dropping by Singapore on your way to TDU? Perhaps you can do a group run by Singapore if you have time. Asking as I am from Singapore and I believe you did drop by last year 🙂

    • Yup, we are indeed going via Singapore! I haven’t quite figured out the logistics of that though yet. We’ll see. 🙂

    • Esper Olesen

      Passing through Sydney as well? You can do a group run/cycle there as well. The smoke should have passed by then.

    • David

      If you’re passing Singapore, note that drone flying is severely limited here so just don’t bring it out. 🙂

    • Yeah, last time I looked at the Singapore drones it was a mixed bag. Not as bad as some though. It seemed there were actually places in Singapore near the city you could fly it. Honestly, about the only shot I’d be interested in would be of the crazy pool atop the hotel. But that’s above the max height distance, unless you define the min height distance as the roof of the hotel + the height of the drone.

  2. Gunther Goemaere

    indeed a nice day thx ray !!

    DCR Cave Winter Open House 2019 Run link to youtu.be

  3. andre

    Nice! You sure got lucky getting your visitors and the epic Banana Car in one shot!

  4. Frank Bauer

    Dear Ray, thank you so much for the invite and all the effort you, The Girl, Des and GPlama put into this. It was very nice to meet you in person and to exchange thoughts – looking forward to future editions!

  5. Keith Lacey

    We would of drank all the beer if it wasn’t 6-7% 😀

  6. Marcel

    Dear Ray, thanx for a sporty Day. We enjoyed both the Morning Run as well as the Open House. Great to see your cave IRL.

  7. Mark R.

    Hey Ray,

    Many thanks for hosting the event. We learned a bit, trained a bit, but most of all we enjoyed mingling with yourself, The Girl, DesFit, GPLama and the diverse multinational hordes at the Cave.

    Watching ‘podcast live’ was super entertaining, we spotted the roles; GPLama organising and scripting, Desfit on point for wearable expertise, and you taking the covers off and demystifying why each product/company is like it is. Another one next time please!
    Kudos for putting it all on, & polite British request submitted for some alcohol-free beer next time, though I enjoyed polishing off the last of the cider well before midnight!

    Final shout out for The Girl who was so super-cool and organised only a few months after Peanut 3’s arrival! Amazing!!

    Mark & Allie

  8. Henrik

    A very late question: Will we see longer firmware support and feature updates for Garmin’s products in the future? I’m currently using a Fenix 5 which works just fine, it has decent battery life but it would be nice to have the new software based features like more data fields on screen etc. I’m not going to buy a new watch before my old one is broken, on the other hand I’m willing to pay for a firmware update with new features.

  9. Morten

    We had a great day. Thanks for organising and the hospitality!

  10. Thanks for the shout out Ray!.. as always, your family knows how to put on an event. And you, Shane and Des are so passionate about the tech that it shines through in your reviews. See you in the summer

  11. Kevin in De Pijp

    We had a great time! Thanks to you and especially to The Girl. We met some very cool people, and after talking to a local couple who are dedicated Zwifters my wife now can’t wait for our smart trainer and Zwift account. She’s so excited that now I’m thinking we might have to get two trainers.

  12. Sam

    So….Ray got the pizza oven? I somehow missed how that turned out.

    • Benedikt

      No, that is not the Pizza Oven he wants.
      The one he wants is fired with wood pellets and smaller. This one looks like those for Döner/pizza delivery services. I would guess its a rental.

    • Sam

      I see! I think he should get the pizza oven. What better way to feed all of those kids? I may be bias though because I love pizza.

  13. Pity we couldn’t make it this time ;(
    Hopefully in summer again- keep up great work !