Hi, I am Johannes. I am Swiss-German and have moved to Northern California in 2013. I have been an active Racer since 1999, in mostly marathons, ultra-distance and time trials. Have attended to the Riderman in Germany 11 years in a row, and was able to win the TT of my age group in my last race there. In 2008 we finished RAAM in the 2Person category in 7d:9hrs. A wonderful project and experience that formed my spirits for the rest of my life. (check out www.swissteamvelo.ch)
Living in California as a cyclist is challenging, if you come from Switzerland with fabo roads and endless routes with low traffic. Races are usually secured from traffic. There are races all over the country and nearby neighbors. You could do a top event race every weekend within a 3hr radius. No surprise the level and volume of the broad group of cyclists is high.
Cycling here in Santa Cruz could be wonderful in terms of terrain, climate and people, but the road quality is just ridiculous. This cuts off much of the fun part and forced me to change my rolling material. I find it way more fatiguing and slower to ride here just because of the crappy roads. So surviving with your wheels and tires is key. And most racing is done in open traffic adding high risk. What a strange idea! So yes, I admit, I feel homesick.
But you want to keep going, right? Just ordered a pair of the new epic 5.6 clinchers. I have looked into Tokios for a while now. I liked the solid, quality design and innovative concepts. And since I always wanted a wheel set with different specs for front and rear, now it was my time to buy. Thanks James for introducing this!
Looking forward to ride them! I am training for the Mount Hamilton race next sunday, which happens to be my 60th birthday (on my 50th we did Mont Ventoux during a long distance ride from Spain to Switzerland). It is still to be debated what i should do for the 70th, 80th and 90th, lol!
Fellow cyclists, keep your spirits high, ride safe and enjoy life on two wheels (especially when they are of high quality like Tokiowheels!)