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