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Europe by Tandem

From Castellon (Spain) to Northern Cape (Norway) by Tandem supporting the fight against cancer.

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Hi everybody!
Last Thursday we went back to our old training days in Andalusia. Fortunately, we didn’t bring the torrential rain from the south, yet it’s still cold here, specially if you think about making a long training that forces you go at high altitudes, like last Saturday’s session in Vistabella; a place as beautiful as it gets.
Regarding the training in Andalusia, we came to the following conclusions:
-Ivan’s knee bore overexertion quite well. Maybe this bandage, put by the FIOCAS physiotherapist team, did some good, hahaha!.

-We need better cycling equipment for rain. Ivan came up with an oral herpes caused by the hypothermia suffered these past days. Apparently, his body temperature is high, and the waterproof equipment, despite being of good quality, didn’t prevent water to leak.
As a result, his immune system has been affected, hence the oral herpes.
Norway and North Cape will be, without a doubt, way worse climate-wise.
The bobjack was great, yes!. It sure brings more stability than the saddlebags we had during our training in Aragon, although we were pulling, with it, 360 centimeters of vehicle.
A tandem is not a regular bike; it has a flexible frame and it twists with the strength. That, along with the saddlebags, makes the tandem sway. It just gets harder and harder with saddlebags to coordinate.
The bobjack, however, brings stability and safety, as an exchange for two or three kms/hour average less. You’d rather gain safety than speed on the road.
We would now like to try a leaning tandem; we will soon keep you posted about that as this is pretty important of an issue.
-This training has been far more spiritual than physical; due to the adverse weather conditions we’ve faced, namely: 7-hour showers, strong headwind, low visibility and cold in car-infested roads.
We came to the conclusion that having a positive mindset and good humor are a must. It might not seem that important but it really is vital and a matter of survival. At the end of the day, turning negative into positive is crucial. Regardless of the obstacles we’ve faced, we never stopped cheering each other up.
Last but not least, we would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support during these days, both through the website and on the road. It sure feels good when someone spends a minute sending a support message, specially these days, when everybody’s on the go. This indeed was the best start.
Like our friends said: “it’s time to ride a tandem”.
Check out our gratitude video after the jump, hahaha!:

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