Ibiza Ibiza Ibiza – what can I say ?
Do you ever miss the simplicity of childhood? Never in my adult life has a Jam Sandwich fulfilled my dietary needs or requirements but as a kid, a jam sandwich was the perfect answer. If I was really hungry, I would have 2. Lunch or dinner, sometimes even breakfast – a jam sandwich was the way to go.
Later in life, our needs become more complex, the simple jam sarnie just won’t cut it any more
Ibiza – where do we begin? Just back from a monster session on the island. I realise that statement has many several meanings dependent on your outlook on life. It could mean a huge piss up, a monster shagging session, a drug induced clubbing marathon or for the more musically blessed amongst you – maybe you were thinking about a live orchestral mash up. For me, it was a 1000 mile drive, followed by a 3 ½ hour ferry ride with a 5 day sandwich of mountain biking across two of the Balearics finest islands before returning to the ferry and another 1000 mile road trip back to Brussels.
Nothing less than a red run every day, sometimes slipping onto a black run purely by accident. Black runs make Rupert moan even more than red runs, and I thought making Rupert moan more was impossible – I achieved it on more than one occasion. Next time I am going to pretend they are all red runs and head directly for the blacks.
Both bikes and riders have survived the tortuous week in mid 20º’s temperatures, dusty tracks, high speed runs (70kph or 43mph), two Balearic Islands of Formentera and Ibiza (in the same day, end to end and back again), covered just over 300km (188 miles) and climbed a total of 4800m (15,750 feet). The climbing was a particular highlight of mine. Being both an avid thrill seeker and eternal optimist I have finally realised that climbing a mountain track in order to find the perfect downhill section on the other side, is nothing more than a fable. The fact that you have to hold your bike above your head to clear the shrubbery while scrambling on loose rocks that even the most hardened hikers would find a challenge has not deterred me. Reaching the top of the climb to look down into the opposing valley and realise that after that harsh ½ hour uphill climb with my bike – there is no golden path back down, no flowing sweepers where I might crack a new top speed record, no stunning scenery, no jumps, no nothing except the exact same condition that I have just endured on the way up, I now have to endure on the way down, bike held high above my head to make it through the plants all the way back down to the valley floor. The only compensation is knowing that no-one will have ever been stupid enough to have taken a bike up there before. It did remind me of a weekend in Genoa when I met a dog walker as I rode to the foot of the climb to the peak. Even in Italian I understood him when he said you can’t get up there on a bike. I smiled to myself and thought ‘ Oh yes I can – I am Johnny English’. He was dead right of course, I carried my bike pretty much from the point where we passed each other, nearly all the way to the summit and then all the way back down the other side.
The tracks generally were very entertaining even though they took some navigating. In true Spanish tradition, they started with something gold, got to the lunch time siesta and came back in the afternoon with corruption and nepotism to drag them down out of the top spot into a non podium finish. The Balearics at its best and most natural – corrupt and nepotistic. Signage and directions went from being too good to being non existent. I don’t mind the adventure of navigation, I just think that riding a signed route shouldn’t be broken up with the need to look at maps and mobile phones to decide which way to turn at a junction. I wonder if any of the local government officials have completed these routes recently to see how good they are.
There – moan out of the way (that’s going to happen after a week with Poopie). Apart from a few ‘minor’ navigational issues, the week was as epic as it ever could have been for two first timers there. There is always room for improvement with experience, so next time, we will know a little bit more about what we are doing – whether we choose to apply that knowledge is a different matter, and in all honesty, highly unlikely. All in all, I give Ibiza a big thumbs up as a biking destination.
Now lets get to the new videos. There are 5 new uploads this week for your viewing pleasure. Generally 1 from each day except day 4. After covering over 140km on day 3, I had no energy left to keep switching on the Go Pro and capturing what we were doing. In fact, day 4 was noticeably slower anyway so not worth covering. The final day, I just lumped loads of long bits together and laid over some Ibiza modern classics – my mac could no longer keep up with my editing requests and was failing fast.
This alone, in the coming weeks will spark another mac v laptop debate as my admiration for all things Apple has been gradually eroding over the last 12 months or so.
So whats next for me? I will tell you – pizza, cup of tea, afternoon of Xbox live then a run in the forest before sampling the taste of the long awaited 2014 Duvel Tripel Hop.
Sadly next week – I have to return to work
Don’t forget to watch the latest 5 videos. Roll your cursor over the ‘Video’ tag at the top of this page, turn up the volume and enjoy. Remember, all of these videos were filmed in HD on Ibiza or Formentera in real time. There are parts where may think that they have been sped up but this is not the case.
A quick chance for you to welcome my 30th subscriber to these hallowed pages, please welcome Armada Boat Hire, from sunny Warwickshire. I wonder if we can get 10 more subscriptions before our 10th birthday next year?
No Animals were harmed or unduly distressed during the making of these videos…………….. Well, maybe one exception.