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Andre van K

Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Nederland
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After being a runner for a while in my early thirties, I rediscovered cycling as a passion at the end of 2009 when I was travelling in Asia. I especially enjoy the beauty and challenge of cycling in the mountains. Now 7 years later I feel very fortunate to have cycled in many very beautiful parts of the world. My absolute highlights are 3 longer trips that I have done from Dharamsala to Leh in the North of India (2015), in the North of Thailand and Laos (2013), and through the Alps (2011) As Strava doesn’t really have a function to highlight your best rides, I thought it would be a nice exercise making an overview of my best rides and let them serve as inspiration for other cyclists. I made a division in most beautiful rides and hardest rides as this doesn’t always go together. Most beautiful rides: 1. 19/09/2015 Dharamsala to Leh (India) stage 10 (of a trip alone with luggage) - Debring to Karu – Crossing the last pass (>5300m) before reaching Leh - https://www.strava.com/activities/397863981 2. Rohtang pass (1900m to 3975 m) - 3 different times: 09/10/2015 Rohtang pass (India) full power without luggage (3rd time) - https://www.strava.com/activities/409435793 - 12/09/2015 Dharamsala to Leh stage 4 - Manali to Khoksar (with luggage)- https://www.strava.com/activities/397840936 - 22/10/2013 Manali - Rohtang pass - beautiful views and lack of oxygen (first time) - https://www.strava.com/activities/90629996 3. 02/09/2014 Stelvio from Bormio (2750m) - https://www.strava.com/activities/191404961 4. 31/10/2013 Manali to Manikaran (India) - cruising the Kullu and Parvati valley - https://www.strava.com/activities/92647317 5. 14/02/2013 Stage 5 Luang Prabang – Phou Khoun, Laos with luggage - https://www.strava.com/activities/41728287 6. 15/02/2013 Stage 6: Phou Khoun - Vang Vien, Laos with luggage - https://www.strava.com/activities/41728286 7. Alpe d’Huez different times: 28/06/2011 Alpe d'Huez and Col de Lauteret (first time) - https://www.strava.com/activities/3766027 - 30/08/2014 Alpe d’Huez new pb - https://www.strava.com/activities/191405206/overview 8. 29/07/2017 Mangart, Slovenia - https://www.strava.com/activities/657329927 9. 22/06/2015 Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep (one of my favourite mountains which I cycled up several times) - https://www.strava.com/activities/866806813 10. 20/06/2011 Como, Lombardia, Italy –stage 1 of a 10 day organised tour through the Alps (Les Dix Alps with Bike dreams) and my first ride ever of more than 100 km - https://www.strava.com/activities/3813266 11. 25/06/2015 Pai - Mae Hong Son, Thailand with luggage - https://www.strava.com/activities/332634675 12. 26/11/2011 La Paz Dept, Bolivia - Going down “the world's most dangerous road” - https://www.strava.com/activities/3811926 13. 20/02/2014 Ko Phangan, Thailand - a tough and hilly day (1 of many rides on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan) - https://www.strava.com/activities/114633307 14. 18/08/2013 Willingen (Upland), Route 30 with Marchel and Leslie - Unfortunately Marchel had an accident and had to go to hospital - https://www.strava.com/activities/75889893 15. 29/12/2012 Phuket to Koh Phangan part 1, Thailand with luggage (this time touring alone) - https://www.strava.com/activities/35286759 16. 24/12/2012 Khiri Rat Nikhom, Surat Thani, Thailand with luggage (first time doing a touring trip with luggage on my bicycle together with Erik and Ingo) - https://www.strava.com/activities/35286751 17. 01/05/2012 Nelson, New Zealand with Leslie (MTB)– landslides and crazy downhills - https://www.strava.com/activities/3699161 18. 01/11/2012 Queenstown with Leslie - https://www.strava.com/activities/3699159 19. 08/11/2011 Cusco, Peru (touching 4000m altitude and downhilling on narrow inca trails) - https://www.strava.com/activities/3811944 20. 22/02/2017 Bali big round - https://www.strava.com/athletes/236849 21. 13/06/2014 George Town, Penang, Malaysia - beautiful loop around the island - https://www.strava.com/activities/153056116 22. 02/08/2010 Lovina, Bali, Indonesia - beautiful and very challenging ride through small villages with very friendly people - https://www.strava.com/activities/109056253 23. 01/28/2012 Aireys Inlet, VIC, Australia – Great Ocean road with Andrew - https://www.strava.com/activities/3699157 24. 19/09/2011 Brokopondo, Suriname - Cycling up the Brownsberg - https://www.strava.com/activities/3812309 25. 18/10/2011 Manizales, Caldas, Colombia (touching 3000m altitude)- https://www.strava.com/activities/3820594 26. 11/11/2012 Bagan tempels, Burma - https://www.strava.com/activities/27516085 Hardest rides ever: 1. 28/09/2015 Khardung La (from 3350m to 5360m high), India - https://www.strava.com/activities/403598365 2. 03/02/2013 Doi Intanon (from 300m to 2550m high) Race (4 times full cramp in both legs), Thailand - https://www.strava.com/activities/39577764/overview 3. 15/09/2015 Dharamsala to Leh (India) stage 7 with luggage: Patseo to Sarchu – really struggling above 4200m - https://www.strava.com/activities/397855212 4. 16/09/2015 Dharamsala to Leh (India) stage 8 with luggage: Sarchu to Pang (Gatta loops, Neeke La (4930m and Lachung La (5060m ) – last part downhill in the dark 5. 12/10/2015 Mandi to Dharamsala, India with luggage – 2700m of climbing of which 600 in the dark - https://www.strava.com/activities/411694014 6. 23/06/2015 Chiang Mai to Pai, Thailand with luggage – downhill into Pai in the dark - https://www.strava.com/activities/331276389 7. 08/06/2010 Sanga, Central Region, Nepal (first crazy cycling adventure, where you know you have passed the point of no return and you are not sure if you are going in the right direction)- https://www.strava.com/activities/109028728 8. 26/06/2011 Lanslevillard, Rhône-Alpes, France - Telegraphe + Galibier - stage 6 of a 10 day organised tour through the Alps (Les Dix Alps with Bike dreams https://www.strava.com/activities/3812939 9. 29/06/2011 Briançon Col d’Izoard and Col de Vars, France - stage 8 of a 10 day organised tour through the Alps (Les Dix Alps with Bike dreams - https://www.strava.com/activities/3812499 10. 30/06/2011 La Condamine Châtelard, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France – highest motorable road in the Alps – unfortunately crashed in the descent - stage 9 of a 10 day organised tour through the Alps (Les Dix Alps with Bike dreams - https://www.strava.com/activities/3812417 11. 22/05/2011 Granada, Andalucía, Spain - Trying to reach the top of the Pico Velata, but it was too cold and too high (3300m) - https://www.strava.com/activities/3820498 12. 11/06/2012 Tenerife – El Teide, Spain - https://www.strava.com/activities/10593704 13. 01/11/2013 Manikaran - Malana – Kullu (partly off road and incredibly steep) - https://www.strava.com/activities/92647325 14. 28/01/2017 Extended Samoeng loop, Thailand – with Jon and Eric - https://www.strava.com/activities/846727164 15. 11/02/2014 Ko Samui - Jon and Brin showing me around and taking me over the steepest (>15%) climbs - https://www.strava.com/activities/112615454 Definition of most beautiful rides – these are the rides where the beauty of the ride was more dominant than any feelings of suffering (or I must have forgotten about it by now). And although the beauty is often in the scenery , I also experience a lot of beauty when there is an almost perfect balance between the mind and the body enabling you to go faster than you have ever been before. And other times the beauty is in the uniqueness of the terrain or the situation. Definition of hardest rides ever – these are the rides where the suffering was the dominant feeling that has remained and where I sometimes cannot even remember the beauty of the scenery, but only the beauty of ending the suffering.

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Current Month

  • 816.9km
    DISTANCE
  • 33h 46m
    TIME
  • 6,964m
    ELEVATION

Recent Achievements

  • PR on Down in the Jungle
  • PR on Road to Ruins - Just the Loop
  • PR on THE BRIDGE - 400 METERS
  • PR on Bottom of Climb to Bridge

Year-to-Date

Cycling
Distance 2,436.8km
Time 90h 7m
Elevation Gain 16,129m
Rides 75

All-Time

Cycling
Total Distance 29,474.7km
Total Time 1452h 30m
Total Elev Gain 362,932m
Total Rides 776

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