Spring fever

It only takes some warm North-African air to get us buzzing with excitement after a couple of cold and very wet winter months. With the beach race season having come to an end, team eCHATlon-Doltcini is shifting it’s focus to the second leg of the season. From now on we will have to go the distance, both on training rides and races.

We are beyond stoked to have riding conditions this mild in the middle of december. It really makes clocking those much needed LSD rides so much more enjoyable. But there is more. As if the sunny weather wasn’t enough of a motivator, Terry and I received some other presents that are really boosting the watts-department.

Shoutout to Abus for providing us with the slickest helmets we ever wore. These things truly are gamechangers. Not only do they assure a perfect fit. they are also crazy light, super sturdy and real headturners. This season team eCHATlon-Doltcini will be rocking two different models. Both the aero Gamechanger and the extremely light and ventilated Aventor will be keeping our coconuts safe when gravity decides to take it’s job a bit too seriously. If your are looking looking for a a helmet that not only looks good, but also performs at the highest level, just go with the Germans. Abus really knocked it out of the park with these babies.

Even though it looks and feels like spring has landed and is here to stay, Terry and I decided to treat ourselves to a week of training in Spain. A little bootcamp never hurt nobody and neither did an extra dose of vitamin beach. This means chances are our next post will be reaching you guys straight from the mediterranean coast, long sunny rides, cocktails and Pata Negra will surely get us ready for the first big races coming up in April.

Follow the sun!

Terry & Reinout

Spain took my baby away

When the cat’s away, the mice will play.

This means the first blogpost since Team Echatlon-Doltcini officially stepped onto the stage will be written by little rodents instead of a furry pussycat.

Last couple of weeks where filled with finalising our new cycling kit for the upcoming season, racing, drinking coffee and finally topped of with a visit to Velofollies, the biggest cycling fair in Belgium, where we got to meet everyone supporting us once again. We are so grateful to have this group of friends supporting us, Team eCHATlon-Doltcini is up for the adventure.

Meanwhile snowflakes started falling from the skies, making it a lot more difficult to get in those much needed long winter rides.

Terry however, somehow managed to book herself a flight to Spain. She is thundering up and down the mountains, clocking some much needed miles and making sure the tan lines are on point for the upcoming mountainbike season.

I would like to end this post with another big announcement.

Last year, eCHATlon organized the first edition of the Ghistele Epic gravelride.

For 2019 we swore to save up all of our karma-points in order to ensure sunny weather and ace conditions for the second edition!

All you guys need to do to ensure a spot in this great event is hit Register in our webshop!

Start will be on the 15th of September, 7AM sharp. More details to be announced.

Wear Lumberjacks!

Terry x Reinout

Curtain call

Last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic, in between Turkey dinners and much needed fatburning rides, Team eCHATlon has been more than busy finalising the design of the 2019 team kit.

Terry and I are buzzing with excitement , today we can finally reveal our brand new, all cool, quirky and hip outfit for the upcoming season. 

We will kick off 2019 with an altered new name as well: Team eChatlon - Doltcini. 

Belgian Cycle wear brand Doltcini was kind enough to provide us with the sweetest kit. We already experienced their quality earlier in our cycling careers, and have always happy been to have their bibs covering our bums. In other words, everything will be feeling familiar down south. ;) Let’s just say we owe them some clicks, follows and shares this season!

Together with a handful of other partners we aim to make this year not only unforgettable, but also the beginning of a long journey filled with lovely people, crazy races and nothing but good vibes. 

We already announced some of them on our Facebook- & Instagram accounts, but for the people without any patience... get ready for it... here they are. (in no specific order)

 So a big big big big big big big big... thank you to;

  • Doltcini for providing us with the most comfy and slick kit one could wish for.

  • Steershop bruges greatest bikeshop, for having our backs when our bikes need some loving.

As well as these fantastic people and products there is a special person in particular whom we'd like to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Here’s to Mirjam, THE greatest designer we could have wished for. She has done a terrific job on this kit, thanks to her we will be packing tons of heat to the start line! Take a look at her website, give her a follow on instagram and check out her company. RUIG is where it’s at!

Now it’s back to the races, Egmond Pier Egmond up next!

Love

Reinout & Terry

Five hundred festive pheasants.

#wintermilessummersmiles, Festive 500 rides or even turkey runs, we all have our ways of making it through the winter holidays. This year, we decided to mix things up a little. Terry and I decided to enjoy our ride on the gravy train to the fullest. We will embrace every feast and enjoy this much needed cosiness among friends and family as much as we can. After all, not a single race was ever hurt over Christmas dinner.

But still, blood being thicker than water, the both of us needed to challenge ourselves in a sportive manner as well. The Drenthe 200 mountain bike marathon will test just how soft we have gotten over the holidays. About 200 kilometers of mud, cold and possibly some snow await us in the north of Holland. No harm done, showing up a bit husky on the start line of an event like this. ;)

After plowing through our last marathon of the year and devouring heaps of turkey thighs, we will get back to you guys and girls to announce our final list of sponsors, new kit and further (sportive) plans and projects, Although we can provide a wide variety of content and folly, eCHATlon is still a cycling blog and big stuff is on the horizon!

Feliz navidad

Terry & Reinout

Eurotrashing Scheveningen

For the last couple of years, the town of Scheveningen has hosted the European championships beach racing. Like most race weekends, we drove the van to the startline one day prior to the race. Arriving the day before a race usually gives us maximal opportunity to catch up on some rest and decompress a little after a busy workweek. Mark the word usually, cause this time things went a little different…

Last year’s race was one of those events everyone will bring up when conditions of any ride are going downhill. Freezing temperatures, thunderstorms, snow and crazy winds made the 2017 edition one for the books, add Terry’s 5th place to that list and you’ll get why the pressure was on for this one! Although temperatures promised to be a lot milder this year, storm was still on the menu. After a sleepless night in the van that kept on rocking all night long, for all the wrong reasons I might add, neither of us was too keen on racing the next day. Come rain or shine, euros don’t wait on no one. We were up for two hours in the pain cave.

Being one of the most important races of the season on an international level, the amount of pro-level riders on the startline is nothing impressive. Sharing the pack with guys like Lars Boom, or girls like Pauliena Rooijakkers really puts it all in perspective. Nevertheless, knowing that competition would be fierce, Terry and I pulled into our startboxes to race our butts off.

After an eventful start, I quickly teamed up with Terry to start chasing down the lead pack. We started catching up, group by group, but never made it to head of the race. Our little two man Echatlon just wasn’t fast enough to make it all the way to the front. Eventually Terry crossed the finish line in tenth position, a result that shows just how high the standard of this race really was…

Oh, almost forgot, we had Coffee at Lola again! Every cloud has a silver lining after all. :)

Peace, paws

Terry & Reinout

Lessons in lemonade

Let’s talk about lemonade! As everyone who’s been following our blog probably noticed, It’s been a while since our last post. Last couple of weeks were a bit stormy, to say the least. With the season in full effect, our lives are fully revolving around training, racing and off course our dayjobs. As if making this combination isn’t stressful enough on it’s own, life threw another curveball our way…

First of all, I’m not at all aiming to make this blogpost into a cry for sympathy, on the other hand it is a great channel to write away some of the negative emotions that have been overshadowing the last few weeks. Tall trees don’t only catch much wind, they also house energy vampires. Although the first races this season went really well on the athletic side of things, a person can only take so much negativity from his or her teammates until the cup runs over…

In the end, it always boils down to the same thing; When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This is exactly what we did in the couple of weeks away from the blog and boy, does it taste sweet!

Terry and I have always been really grateful to everyone supporting us in what we do. Ranging from our sponsors, family to even work and everyone else that gave us the freedom to live our lives the way we do. After all; In this little community it is not about what you get. It’s about what you give…

This being said, here’s to our new trajectory!

From now on Terry and I will no longer be racing under the colors of the Moeder Lambik Beachrace Team. This means Echatlon is leaving the nest a little earlier than expected!

We are already massively grateful to all of our sponsors that will be backing us on our journey.

New jerseys are being designed as we speak and the first big projects for the following season made their way onto our calendar.

Think of this post as the launch of a new taste of your all time favorite soda. Give it the benefit of the doubt and in no time you’ll be hooked…

Keep an eye on our website and Blog for further announcements. Let’s close this one down with a big paw to all of our backers and sponsors that will be announced soon all together!

Cheers!

Terry & Reinout

Taking the long way round.

For years now, Hoek Van Holland - Den Helder has been the longest beach race in Europe. The course runs along the Dutch coastline, starting in Hoek van Holland all the way to the finish line in Den Helder with little over 130 kilometers of straight line beach racing.

If this isn’t the mother of all beach races, it certainly is that crazy uncle everyone has running around on family parties. Fun to begin with and a real pain a couple of hours in.

Although Terry and I both booked some nice results in Last year's race, it was characterized by lots of headwinds, rain some hail and showing up late at the startline. It's fair to say we are hoping for some smooth sailing this year...

Last week(end) flew by again, without racing but with boatloads of flat whites and fresh plants in the apartment. With fall standing on the corner some fresh greens were due. they should get us through the dark days.

This sunday however, terry and i will be going full out, trying to do even better than last year. Training has been solid for the last weeks and motivation is served with every breakfast, we are ready!

We’ll get back to you guys after the race with the full report. Until then, go ahead and burn some candles for good luck (or a whole church for that matter).

May the wind be forever in our favor!

Terry & Reinout

We're off to the races

Hi all,

After our first weekend of racing the sand again, Terry and I made the most of two weeks without numbers strapped on to our handlebars. No better way to enjoy the last of the summer days than to get those last long rides in before the full madness of the beach race season kicks into gear. We drove the van to Hoek van Holland, camped out for a couple of nights, clocked some easy (s)miles on the beach and more importantly visited our friends from Lola Bikes and Coffee in The Hague. Looking back on last weekend it’s safe to say; Racing sucks! ;)

After our little trip full of the finest caffeine and vitamine Sea, it’s time to buckle up for the next double. Derpbikers beachrace in Egmond and Brabant Beach Battle are up next, motivation is high and the legs are aching to go full out. We’ll get back to you guys after the races!

Cheers!

Terry and Reinout

First beach race weekender of the season

This weekend, Terry and I kicked off our season of Beachracing. Especially Terry was beyond stoked to step up to the startling in her Crisp national champ Kit.

First race of the weekend Took place in Egmond, The weather was sunny and everyone brought their smiling faces to the startline. Smiles faded away pretty quickly after the gunshot. We took off at lighting speed and soon had the taste of blood in our mouths, the first taste of racing above threshold pace after a season of racing marathons, is a sour one. This being said, Terry boasted off right from the start, we kept the pace constant and left the competition right out of the gates. Terry came in first place, the best way to start the season as a national champ!

Racing is not only about winning though, we are more than grateful to be part of this wonderful community. After the race we paid a visit to one of the most unique bike shops around for some beers, fun and a lot of chit-chat at Beachbastards.

(https://beachbastards.nl/Beach-bastards)

Pay these guys a visit when you get the chance, shops like these make the bike community go round!

After taking the win in Holland we cruised back home to get ready for part II. Oostende, hometurf for our lady Thunder was the next stop on the calendar. Oostende is known for being one of the more technical beach races on the calendar, making it not quite as “beachy” as our race on Saturday.

Best part of the day however? Being able to ride our bikes to the start line. Sometimes it’s nice to have a day without travel, gives us more time to write blogposts. ;)

The race, almost forgetting the race!

We tried the same tactics as the day before, blasting off, straight from the gates. Despite the quick start and high pace, competition managed to keep us in their sights for almost thee quarters of the race giving us a run for our money. Terry managed to keep her cool and charged away in the fourth lap, taking her second win of the season! It may be soon to jump to conclusions, but let’s put it this way, I’m really glad I like flowers…

This is it for today, see you guys around and keep reading!

Much love,

Terry and Reinout

Ghistele Epicalypse

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Munching those Pre-ride Pastries

Last weekend was all about the first edition of our Ghistele Epic gravel ride. Although the weather forecast couldn’t have been much worse, all the riders showed up in great spirits and even greater Lumberjacks. You really made us proud!

We gathered around the race office van for fresh coffee, pastries, handing over lucky cats and other pre-race shenanigans. At 7AM the riders set off to what would become one the wettest days in their lives. Some called it epic, others a return to the womb… One was unanimously agreed, weather would make the first edition of Ghistele Epic one for the books. Despite the harsh conditions, it was a real pleasure to watch the riders flock into the feed stations absolutely drenched, wearing nothing but smiles and Lumberjacks!

Spirits go a long way, just not always the full Ghistele Epic route. Conditions were harsh, this resulted in only six riders going full distance on this first edition.

There will most certainly be a second edition of the Epic, just keep an eye on our website and Facebook page. Pictures will also appear on both website and social media. In other words, stay in the loop.

Finally a big up to everyone who helped us out on course and to all of our Sponsors; Cosmicsports, Keyte, Squirtlube and 3action.

Much love and see you guys next year,

Team eCHATlon

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Much needed beers at the local pub.

Dirty Boar weekend

Last sunday, team Echatlon drove to the Belgian high fens to attend the biggest gathering in the Belgian Gravelscene.

The Dirty Boar ride is without a doubt the OG of Belgian gravelraces, and boy did it deliver!

Gravelroads were ace and the singletrack crisp, conditions couldn’t have been better in other words. Once the sun came out, it was smooth sailing on our trusty spanish stallions. Whizzing down signal the Botrange in a golden sunrise was a moment of pure cycling romance. Terry even managed to pin her name on the highest spot of the boar of fame, coming in as first female rider. Thunder struck after all on Belgium's highest peek.

Top off this great ride with a win, some fries, beers and a lovely group of friends and you'll end up writing a post like this on a dreary monday morning behind your desk, feeling both warm and melancholical at the same time.

I would love to write a big story on one of the best gravelrides we ever did in Belgium. Honestly no words can describe this perfect day and the love for the velo each and every rider felt that day on top of Ovifat's skislope...

Next stop is our very own Ghistele Epic, and trust me when I say that last weekend was a big motivator to step up our game just a little bit more.

 

Keep grinding and register

 

Meow

 

Reinout and Terry

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Echatlon is gank!

Here we go! To set things off, let's go with the small introduction. Echatlon is the furry lovechild of Terry "Thunder" Fremineur and Reinout De Mey, a Belgium based couple living the bike-life. Through this website the both of us are looking to share our results in races, adventures and other events with the rest of the cycling community sponsors and friends.

We are looking to launch this platform with a bang, so join us on our gravelride through Flander's Fields on the 23rd of september. 222K of sweet sweet gravel, singletrack, forgotten roads and of course gusty winds will welcome you. To get patched in, hit register and make your wheels sing!

After all, the west is the best, even the Lizard knew...

More content will appear regularly on the eCHATlon website, as well as on our soon to be launched Facebook-page.

Until then, keep spinning.

Peace, plants and hairballs

 

Terry & Reinout