Our last podcast is about a cycling trip with friends. Because it's in Dutch, we've summarized most of it in this article for you. If you're Dutch is a bit rusty and you want to practice, here's a link to the podcast.
Nothing like people who arrive later or (even worse) have to leave earlier because they still want to put the kids to bed. Out together, home together. This also applies on the mountain, by the way!
This only leads to impossible plans that turn out to be hugely disappointing the next day. Always discuss routes in advance. Preferably before the drinks start.
"I'm not going up the Stelvio with you today, because my trainer says I have to do recovery training." No! There is no training on vacation. No Z3 and Z4 blocks. Dropping each other is allowed, of course.
From start time to routes to accommodation to what to do besides cycling: discuss it in advance when you are still in your home country. That way you avoid misunderstandings and everyone has an enjoyable trip.
The greatest chance of good weather is if you fix the date and not the location. A place to stay is always easy to find!
No problem if there are level differences in the group. But then split up and provide a shorter route.
10 high-pressure pumps, 25 CO2 cartridges, 7 wheel sets, 4x Settlers of Catan, 4 assembly stands and 12 cans of lubricating oil. Simply not unnecessary! Clearly agree on who is taking (and not taking!) what.
Steve arranges the apartment, Sara makes the after video, Pete arranges the routes, John the transportation, Kathy the finances and Simon the tools. That way, the trip belongs to everyone and it adds to the atmosphere.
Fussing about money is extremely unnecessary. Use an app like Splitter or have one person pay for everything and bill afterwards. Dutch bills are out of the question!
And you take care of that yourself. Never leave them unattended at the gas station, preferably in your room and if in a bike cellar, always use multiple locks.