The Bike Ride Blogs Series: David Dempsey


This is all Stefan’s fault. I was happy just riding my mountain bike to work until he told me to sign up for the Amsterdam-Frankfurt ride.

“Yes boss!”

I have been hooked ever since.

I started in Colt’s Credit & Collection team in Barcelona six years ago and now work in Telesales as an Account Executive. Before joining Colt, I worked in both a brewery and a winery.

I grew up in Manchester and studied Business in Leeds before moving abroad. The sunshine ensures I look much younger than my 32 years!

Outside of Colt, I can normally be found on my bike, or on a football pitch. More recently, I have been traveling around Catalonia and Valencia planning the route for this year’s ride.

Here’s a look into what the day two excursion has in store for our riders.

It’s 26 degrees at 8.15 am.

The main problems with that statement:

1. It’s hot
2. It’s Saturday morning, I am awake and have been for some time

The good news is that at the end of the day, all of the route testings will be done, and ready to send out to the riders.
The day two excursion kicks off with the Mussara mountain climb.

It’s long and it’s high.

It also has some of the best scenery and views on the whole ride, perhaps even any Colt bike ride? (Spoiler alert – if you want to win the prize for best photo, up there is your best chance). The reward for making it to the top is a long, long descent for those who like to go at speed.

We found the pit stop, filled up and moved on to the afternoon segment.

The afternoon takes us along some really small, quiet roads. We probably saw about 10 cars all afternoon. The bad news is that these roads are not very smooth. Or flat. My advice would be to take your time, enjoy the scenery, and make sure you have plenty of energy for the remaining two days.

The only other option is a National highway (or a motorway), or a huge detour.

The final (very flat!) section takes us alongside a canal and the Ebro river, and into the charming town of Tortosa. I know I said to take it easy in the afternoon, but give yourself enough time to check out the pool!

Big thanks to Stefan Craciun, Stephanie Joly, Ritesh Raheja and Armand Dragatoniu, for giving up their time, effort (and car!) for a whole day. It would not have been possible, or nearly as much fun, without you!

To support David and our other 99 riders please visit https://www.colt.net/bike-ride-2017-donations/

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