On the road with Vélorina & Rasmus Quaade
After work cycling happiness
By Peter Ebro, GripGrab
The first summer rides are the best rides of the year! Every cyclist will recognize the intense longing for riding on dry roads after a long winter. With the sun warming the working body, with the crisp sound of the tires on the asphalt, passing the farmer’s fields packed with blooming rapeseeds, that tingles the nose – A joyful feeling, that makes you want to ride forever!
Celebrating summer with ice cream
After work we met up 4 cyclists with a common mission: to celebrate that summer is finally here with a long ride and to enjoy it together with other summer frisky cyclists. And a proper coffee stop is definitely contributed to that mission. So, we pointed out Brødsnedkeren in Humlebæk as our destination for the ride.
The small, exclusive peloton consisted of the two pro riders Rasmus Quaade (Team BHS-Almeborg Bornholm) and his wife Michelle Quaade (Team Rytger Powered by Cykeltøj-Online.dk), the blogger Katrine Dahl Bjørnholm from Velorina.dk and Peter Ebro from GripGrab.
We didn’t have any intentions of going fast, riding hard 40/20 intervals or anything like that. We wanted to achieve the joyful and energizing feeling, hunting the Cyclist’s High.
Heading north out of Copenhagen along highway 16 in the afternoon reminiscent of a pilgrimage to Mekka. Hordes of cyclists meet up for group rides on the countryside roads in northern Zealand.
The busy rush hour buzz quickly got overtaken by a delightful silence, that only got disturbed by the sweet sounds from the bike; the derailleur shifting gears, the chain on the cassette, the carbon wheels cutting through the wind – all in a perfect interaction, that causes the work stress to disappear like steam from the sun.
We quickly reached Bregnerød, going through the woods on a small avenue, that’s one of my favorites whatever the season. A perfect paved road that stretches between the newly sprung beech trees that lead out on the more desolated countryside roads.
A social and relaxed group ride like this is perfect for catching up with your friends, chatting about goals, training, work and the more philosophic topics like why we love cycling and the meaning of life – and how the two are mutually dependent … deep talks, that make the kilometers fly away until Rasmus got a flat on his rear wheel with a loud bang. One of the few downsides of cycling … but after a quick fix with a new inner tube we where quickly clicked in and back on our mission for coffee and ice cream.
Brødsnedkeren in Humlebæk is not a new fancy café, but a classic bakery with loads of black coffee, pastry, and ice cream. A bakery with a long history, popular among former Danish stars like Brian Holm and Rolf Sørensen visited frequently on their longer rides on the north coast of Zealand.
Sitting in the sun with a good cup of coffee and a delicious ice cream in a homemade waffle made the coffee stop just as good as we could wish for. The first part of the mission accomplished!
Romkugler – as they’re known as in Danish – A delicious and calorie-rich treat. It´s often said that Brødsnedkeren has the best Romkugler!
… But ice cream with homemade waffles is the choice today – A warm, summer day!
Brødsnedkeren in Humlebæk is situated on Strandvejen that goes from Helsingør in north and all the way along Øresund down south to Copenhagen. 45 kilometers that are well attended by cyclists and can this time of year feel like a highway for cyclists, with huge groups of riders passing by every 5 minutes.
We headed down south on Strandvejen but swung west, between Rungsted and Vedbæk, up through Folehave Forest, making a short loop around Hørsholm and back out to Vedbæk on Strandvejen. A nice detour with small steep hills in perfect surroundings, that made us put a little extra effort into the pedals to become the first rider on top of the hills.
Back on Strandvejen, we could enjoy the views out over Øresund, that lied silently bathed in the evening sun, which made us shift down on the small chainring, so we could really soak in the feeling, that we headed out for… The feeling that makes all the cold winter rides worth it all!
The Vélorina blog
“Our vision is to increase and maintain the expanding interest for women cycling in Denmark – On all levels; Newbie, amateur and pro.”
The Vélorina blog manifest is written with dedication and a strong passion for cycling. We greatly welcome such passion, and urge all female riders to visit the blog, bookmark it and become a follower. Katrine and Michelle have so much to share, and are great ambassadors for the world´s best sport. Their blog posts are honest, inspiring, very useful and with a good sense of humor.
Find the Vélorina blog here.
Back at Skovbrynet, where we met up three hours earlier, we said goodbye and congratulated each other on a ride worth remembering! Rolling slowly home in the sunset, clocking plus 100 kilometers, with filled energy depots, feeling the Cyclist High, made me smile and confirmed me in, why I love cycling so the second part of the mission accomplished!
Can’t wait to get back out there, enjoying summer, hunting ice cream and cyclist’s high again!
Photo credits: Carl Ravnbak & Martin Paldan | GripGrab
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