tiistai 27. maaliskuuta 2018

Näkemäesteitä hallituksen kevyen liikenteen väylällä

Edellä bloggamaani sähköfillarituki on viety takaisin piirustuspöydälle. Saa nähdä millaisena se tulee eduskunnan päätettäväksi ja milloin.

Onkohan tuossa Sipilän hallitus tulossa sinua vastaan?
Juuri kun olimme vielä fiiliksissä hallituksen reilusta kädenojennuksesta sähköpyörähankinnoille, media jakoi jo uutta ilosanomaa valtioneuvoston periaatepäätöksestä. Sen asiana on, että "kävelyn ja pyöräilyn vuoden 2030 tavoitteeksi asetetaan 30 % matkamäärien kasvu." Mahtavuutta, vai mitä! Tosin tuo prosenttiluku oli tipahtanut tekstiin kuin deus ex machina, ilman sen kummempia tarkennuksia.

Tästä myös tehtiin esityksen mukainen päätös: "Valtioneuvosto tekee periaatepäätöksen kävelyn ja pyöräilyn edistämisestä."

Kohdassa Vaikutukset todetaan: "Periaatepäätöksellä ei ole suoranaista vaikutusta valtion talousarvioon. Periaatepäätöksen toimia ryhdytään toteuttamaan valtion budjettiraamien ja olemassa olevien määrärahojen puitteissa, mikä voi tarkoittaa toimenpiteiden priorisointia ja resurssien uudelleen suuntaamista."

Valtioneuvoston periaatepäätökset ovat vain istuvan hallituksen poliittisia linjauksia, eivätkä ne sido tulevia hallituksia. Kun seuraavat eduskuntavaalit ovat yllättäen jo 2019, on periaatepäätöksen luonne tässä tapauksessa harmillisen lähellä juuri sitä politiikan irvikuvaa, jota kutsutaan ääntenkalasteluksi.

tiistai 20. maaliskuuta 2018

400 euron alennus uuteen sähköpyörään

Motocrossia ilman päästöjä?
The Finnish government is proposing a subsidy of 400 € for buying an eBike.

Saat 400 euron alennuksen 1.4.2018 jälkeen ostamaasi sähköpyörään, mikäli hallituksen esitys sähköavusteisten polkupyörien hankintatuesta vuosille 2018-2021 menee läpi.

Norja taisi olla ensimmäinen, ja ainakin Ruotsissa on vastaavanlainen tuki. Tosin vain Suomessa ollaan päätymässä kiinteään, joka vuosittain yksityishenkilönä hyödynnettävään tukeen. Muissa maissa kyseessä on prosenttiosuus.

Tavoitteena on lisätä pyöräilyn kulkutapaosuutta: vähentää saastepäästöjä, parantaa kansanterveyttä. Veroteknisesti 400 euron tasasumma on helppo toteuttaa, mutta saattaa ohjata ostamaan huonoa ja halpaa, kun tuen osuus on silloin suhteellisen suuri. 

Voisin kuvitella – ja yritin etsiä tutkimusta miten vastaava päätös Ruotsissa on vaikuttanut – että sähköpyörän selkään hyppäävät nekin, jotka eivät tavanomaisesti asiointimatkoja fillarilla tee. Se ehkä myös helpottaa monille hiukan pidempien työmatkojen ajamista pyörällä. Kun ostaa halvan, tulee auton vastaavien matkojen käyttökustannukset kuoletettua parilla tuhannella pyöräkilometrillä. 

Huonon ja halvan kestävyydestä, kestävän kehityksen mukaisesta elinkaaresta sekä todellisesta käyttömäärästä en kuitenkaan olisi niin varma. Korvaako sellaisen hankkinut todella autoilua mitenkään merkittävästi, vai tulee ostettua yksi lisähärpäke varastoon?

keskiviikko 14. maaliskuuta 2018

Bike fitting: Cervelo P2


I'm a pedal stroke closer to ride on my newest project as I had the chance to fit the Cervelo P2 today.

Bike fitting means one is to adjust the five contact points on a bike that is of right size. Saddle position is the key: how high, how much behind the bottom bracket, which angle.

On Cervelo, the saddle height is the same as with other bikes. During the short fitting the height felt – and it seems to be according to the photo – right. I have it 1 cm lower on Bianchi, and maybe I'll do the same here.

The handlebar position seems odd. I like it low. Should it be further from the saddle? As the saddle is already very close to the rear limiter of the seat post, it might mean a longer stem, or one that has a more aggressive angle downwards. Would that put too much pressure on hands and on the front wheel?

I got only two hasty photos taken. I think I've to go back, take a proper posture, ride a bit for real, and ask them to shoot a video clip.

sunnuntai 11. maaliskuuta 2018

Niki Birling: maantie harrastuksena

IBD Cycling Teamiä edustavan Niki Birlingin uudessa blogissa on kivasti kirjoitettu juttu maantiepyöräilyn perusteista. Hyödyllistä tekstiä varsinkin lajia aloittaville.

Toivottavasti Niki ehtii kirjoitella myös treenaamisesta sekä kisakauden ylä- ja alamäistä.

Niki Bianchi-cupissa 2016. Kuva: Esko Lius.

sunnuntai 4. maaliskuuta 2018

N-340 in Costa Tropical: rolling hills and great views


The coastal N-340 must be the Spanish equivalent for the American Route66, or the Australian Great Ocean Road.

N-340 takes you all the way from Jerez to Barcelona, about 1200 km by the Mediterranean sea. What a challenge it would be to cycle it all the way!

I tasted it a mere 80 km around Nerja. I fell in love especially with the section East of Nerja, or Costa Tropical.

The road has a very different nature depending on whether you ride it West or East of Nerja.


The Western section to Torre del Mar is flat and straight. Between Nerja and Torrox Costa it felt like on a time trial course. The more one goes West after Torrox Costa, the more there are tourist resorts and traffic. Many cyclists are doing their recovery or leisure ride on this "promenade", though.

N-340 is worth a blog post of its own for the winding, undulating part between Nerja and Salobreña. Little traffic, smooth road surface, great views to desolated beaches and the Mediterranean – and, most importantly, a route profile that suits for many kinds of riding.

I recommend the extra 100 m climb to the highway roundabout and back. (Above: 56-59 km)
Fast downhill towards La Herradura.

As the maximum altitude stays below 200 metres, climbs are short, typically less than a kilometre long. The road profile is for heavy traffic too, so it is never very steep. It stays practically all the time under 8% but there's flat nowhere between Nerja and Salobreña.

If you want to combine mountains to your N-340 experience, turn to A-4050 towards Otivar in Almuñecar. I did that on one ride but, as it started raining and I didn't feel comfortable descending in the mountains on wet roads, I quit and returned to N-340 soon. 

I also remembered too well the puncture on my first ride to Cómpeta, and how I destroyed the spare inner tyre while changing, and how difficult (and costly) it was to get a taxi. When wet, sand and gravel stick to tyres and cause punctures easier than on dry.

So, there are interesting roads leading up, between Sierras de Tejeda and Sierra Nevada. They will provide an endless combination for different kinds of rides.

The lowland section around Motril is a bit monotonous. On my ride there was some headwind. Luckily the local cyclists had the end sprint of their club ride. First I joined their group, and we chatted some while riding. Then there were breakaway moves. I found another rider to collaborate with, and we did the final breakaway, pushing quite hard and sharing the work in the wind. As a result, I had my highest heart rate during this flat and easy section. ¡Muy bien!

Double puncture in the mountains.

Turning point of my first N-340 ride.

The Motril beach café – my original destination – was closed, and as I realized I didn't have any money with me anyway, I had to skip other cafés too. The banana and the biscuit in my pocket helped to maintain healthy energy levels in the muscles.

On my second ride along N-340 riding back to Nerja, I found a section from Los Girasoles to Maro particularly nice and suitable for FTP or near-FTP training. The way you ride the uphills (pace, cadence, in saddle / out of saddle) determine the average level. The downhills can be used either to stay as high power/HR as possible, or to take breath.

Even if you stay in Torre del Mar area, you really should head your front wheel to Nerja and go further East. Here's a short video showing how different the road is from the Costa del Sol part:

torstai 1. maaliskuuta 2018

Road cycling on the Andalucian mountain slopes


There are plenty of great mountain routes in Andalucia for every taste. Smooth and clean road surfaces make you feel in control also downhill. Quiet traffic as soon as you get out of the main tourist areas are aplenty, which makes it easy to choose a loop according to your fitness level and the other plans of the day.

My mountain rides looped from Nerja and back. I'll discuss the coastal N-340 road in another blog post. It is a wonderful option too, particularly East of Nerja.

Nerja - Cómpeta - Algarrobo - Nerja (63 km, 890 VAM)

From Nerja to Torrox Costa the flat section of N-340 gives you an opportunity to warm up before increasing wattage for the uphill.

A-7206 and A-7207 roads via Cómpeta offer a classic combination of 15+15 km uphill/downhill. The profile is not very steep, staying below 10% practically all the time. Very "rideable" in every sense, and it is used a lot also for serious training and local races. This route is such that I'd ride it every second day if I lived there. 

If you want to ride light, you can do the climb with one full bottle and have a refill at the water tap up on the Cómpeta panoramic spot.


Nerja - Cómpeta - Corumbela - Vélez-Málaga - Nerja (78 km, 1210 VAM)

Another variant after climbing from Torrox to Cómpeta is to continue A-7207 through the village and towards Árchez.

Caution! There is a dangerous crossing in the middle of the village. In addition, the downhill leaving Árchez is steep, over 20%. If wet and if traffic, be extremely careful.

After Árchez take M-116 towards Corumbela. It's a nice and quiet road. Later on the route, I avoided Vélez-Málaga and Torre del Mar taking the handy Camino de Torrox road to Caleta de Vélez. After that it's along the coast to Nerja, to be taken as a cooling-down or as a time-trial segment.


Nerja - Cómpeta - Salarez - Portugalejo - Vélez-Málaga - Torre del Mar - Nerja (95 km, 1530 VAM)

Fallen rocks.
This route is tougher than the numbers show. First, you take the Cómpeta ascend as a starter.

After Árchez and Venta el Curro café, turn right to MA-4108. You'll be facing the "Up, up, and away" segment of over 10% average (2.2 km, 230 VAM). After the top, there is a nice downhill which propelled me to 80 km/h.

Another sweet punishment comes right after the picturesque village of Salares. It's only 600-700 metres long but for most of it my Garmin showed 13-19%.

The road forwards under several names. It is MA-125 after Canillas de Aceituno. Take care if it's windy, as you'll be storming downwards on a ridge where you might get some sudden (or constant) push of air sideways.

I rode to Vélez-Málaga along the big and dull A-356. Maybe A-7205 would have been more interesting. The dense traffic in and after Torre del Mar is avoidable if you take Camino de Torrox I mentioned earlier. If you still have some spare legs, turn to Algarrobo and Cómpeta to enjoy some further climbing.



Nerja - Frigiliana - Torrox - Nerja (33 km, 670 VAM)

This short loop is OK if you've got a CX, GG, or MTB to ride. I can recommend it in case you want to do sightseeing and visit the beautiful village of Frigiliana by bike.

For a road bike and my 23mm tyres the section between Frigiliana and Torrox was unconvenient. Tarmac is coarse, some parts just gravel, and a lot of holes here and there.

   

My plan was to ride the epic loop around Sierras de Tejeda (170 km, 3420 VAM) during my vacation. I didn't have the time nor the fitness for that – this time.


All photos by me, taken during these rides. 
Licence: CC BY-SA