Festive 500 / 2020 – AN EXPERIENCE REPORT

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202 of 500km

Completely exhausted, tired, sensing parts of my body that I haven’t sensed in ages. Today’s rest day is obviously much needed. How one can feel so limp after some cycling is a mystery to me. An even bigger mystery is, what does my body want from me? And this … knee…

Jana also feels a bit tired and has slight muscle soreness, but compared to me, she seems to be in top shape.

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281 of 500km

Buddy, can we go out and ride tonight…?

No, unfortunately not, Lefty. My knee is complaining again and on top of that I pinched some nerve yesterday and my back is hurting. 

So: sofa so good. 

Jana rode a solid 40km on Zwift next to the sofa. Being a good husband, I supported her mentally and with refilled bidons.

I want to get out again… But I have to listen to my body.

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321 of 500km

It’s day 7 of the #festive500 challenge and as I write these words, I’m lying on the sofa with my leg resting up. Things with my knee have not changed, so that’s it for the challenge for me. However, as I am not alone, I have this wonderful woman by my side. She has reached 387/500km and has just dropped the idea of doing the remaining kilometers tomorrow on Zwift in two stages. I have nothing but admiration left for her. Yes, it’s not cold and windy inside, but with the monotony on the turbo, I would never do more than 2 hours of riding on it. 

I’m very curious to see if Jana will pull this off tomorrow. Let’s see, maybe we’ll share something with you folks. I strongly believe in her and if it doesn’t work out, she will still have ridden as many kilometers in that 8 day period as never before.

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387 of 500km

I, on the other hand, decided to finish the remaining kilometers on the rollers on Zwift.

Happy New Years. Day 8 of the #festive500 and thus the last day. Unfortunately Björn could not continue, his challenge was over after 280km. Thanks to his painful knee. But you have to listen to your body. 

So this meant: 120km left to go. 

Indoors, my longest ride so far was 50km. Although you are not exposed to the elements, riding outside is a bit more exciting and diverse.

Totally motivated I rode the first 61km, ate a piece of cake and started the second ride. 

After 4 1/2 hours of riding I was done. 

Finally, with 511km, at least one of us mastered the challenge. We are both proud of ourselves – because we have not done that many kilometers in a row before and I have only really started cycling this summer.

Let’s see if we will try again next year, in any case we are looking forward to a 2021 with lots of time on the bike!

Festive 500 – How to prepare for this?

For the past 11 years, Rapha’s Festive 500 has been part of the holiday season for many cyclists. Riding 500 km in eight days and battling the elements on a bike, or like many others, sitting in the warm in front of the TV and stuffing their bellies? Sounds like an easy decision, right? 

We decided to tackle the Festive 500 this year instead of spending time at home with our families. For us, it feels like the right thing to do this year, to keep to ourselves and not put ourselves or others at risk of catching the virus. 

This will be the first time for us to take on the Festive 500 challenge and with the cold, dark and rainy winter days ahead, it can be hard to find the motivation to get outside and ride. This is where the fact that we are both tackling the challenge together, rather than one person having to struggle to get outside alone, is a huge advantage for us. 

We’ve spent the last few days preparing and thinking, because as the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” 


After we spontaneously got on the train to Sylt with our bikes in the early season last year and spent an incredibly great day there that felt like a vacation, we couldn’t get rid of the thought of repeating it all over again.

I voiced this desire throughout the summer. Due to the pandemic, there was no “real” vacation for us except for a few trips with our gravel bikes around Hamburg and a tour to Lübeck.

Because I used to spend a lot of time and vacations by the sea as a child, I had a little wanderlust for the sea, for the North German coast, to be exact. For the fresh salty air and the feeling that spreads through you when you’re by the sea.

However, the total of about 6 hours train ride, this year turned out to be a bigger obstacle: Do we really want to sit in a train for so long during this time? How can we travel “most safely”?


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1st time on an E-Bike: Testing the Specialized Turbo Creo SL EVO in the field

Welcome to Ride Punk Ride

Moin (this is how we say “hello” here in Hamburg) and welcome to www.ridepunkride.com. This is our place on the web, where we want to write about everything that is connected with cycling in our lives. So far we only did this via our Instagram profile, but we wanted more. As much as we both like Instagram and spend quite a bit of time there, whether for private or professional purposes, there are some things about Instagram that we don’t like that much. Instagram as a platform is just very limiting, whether it’ s about image formats (you should hear our discussions, that an image looks much better in landscape format, but then is displayed too small on Instagram to draw attention), about the length of texts or just which photos get attention and which ones just don’t “work” on the platform. With this website we are solving all these problems for us, because we can write more detailed about things that would otherwise be overlooked on Instagram. We can share more photos and share them in reasonable size and quality. Plus, having something to work on with each other is fantastic. After all, we share a passion for cycling and also for photography and social media. So why not try to get more out of it?

Along with this website we are making plans and thinking of ideas for what’s to come and this could all be quite exciting. To start new projects is always something great and in this crazy year 2020 we thought we should use the time to do so.

We are happy to have you here.

// Jana & Björn