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Lian van Leeuwen

24 Mar 1990 The Netherlands
Lian van Leeuwen

Lian van Leeuwen is a Project Manager and Communication Strategist and she loves photography. But more importantly mother of a six-year old son. All she wants is to raise her son to be a happy, healthy and independent young man. Because she's always busy, being a parent and a busy freelancer, she needed an outlet that she could take up any moment. So she started cycling. At first it were short trips on her cranky old MTB. A friend convinced her to try out a road bike, so she did and after that she was hooked. 

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THAT TIME - It's a bit like bike trips, isn't it. Life.
There's baggage to drag along. Things get lost. You feel like you're on top of it all before you get smacked in the face by reality, and your are racing against time and it's dark and you slept too little and you shouldn't have had that bourbon and you lose essential gear and the shops all close in 15 minutes and brake shoes cost you 90 franks and you almost get run over by a train and all you can think about is food, even if it's a cardboard Golden Arches burger. . Sorry, I think i drifted a bit. . So Switzerland. She may seem like a grand old lady that has her affairs in order. Never running late, always meticulously dressed, impeccably behaved. A bit on the safe side. Maybe even slightly boring, in a miss Universe kind of way. Pretty, yes. But not one to take out on an all night bender with your friends. .
But don't have her fool you. She's majestic, without a doubt. But she's not afraid to get a little dirt on her hands either. She sure showed us. But not before Aigle tried to stop us first. . Aigle. The epicenter of cycling if you'd ask the UCI. Where we almost didn't get to ride, until we got saved by the mechanic of the local bike shop. The one that charged us 90 franks for brake shoes, but that was the grand old lady's fault, not his. He also happened to know the guy who knew John who told us the Col de la Croix was just a snow-plough away from being passable. So of course we tried. .
The guys peed when we reached the top. Might be a territorial thing, come to think of it. Yellow snow is still snow though. We dismounted our bikes and took it by foot for a few miles. It sure looked all downhill from there. . But a real lady knows how to exit a party. She saved the grand gesture for the final descent home: a steep gravel section that led us to an unforgetable backstage tour along the gritty parts of this mountainous beauty. . I'm certain the postcard version of Switzerland is a reality. But what she showed us this time must have been her cheeky side. The stuff that isn't cut out with an army knife. The parts she only shares with close friends. Yes, she gave us a hard time. But who needs perfect anyway
THAT TIME - It's a bit like bike trips, isn't it. Life.
There's baggage to drag along. Things get lost. You feel like you're on top of it all before you get smack...
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Today was a bit like this #somebaddays . . . . . #AMR2020 #atlasmountainrace #makebikeportraits #bikepacking #ultracycling #cyclinglife #quarantinelife #nobaddays
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Summer’s still coming . . . . #canarieislands #pedaledjapan #cyclingconnects
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I realised I never wrote about this trip before. Might as well for @pedaledjapan’s #headsdowntogether . . BONN OR BUST Whisky is essential. Sprint tires are useless on gritty German B-roads in November. Garbage bags make for the perfect base layer and cardboard crisps are a cyclists' best friend. Some things are best learned the hard way. . But let’s not make this about how tough it was. A 300k ride in wet winter with seventeen flats and a ripped tire by definition is. Yeah yeah we suffered, sure. But when I try to recall what made this day so memorable – for all of us – it’s not about that. . What I do recall is this: early morning jokes on our arrival time that deteriorated over the cause of the trip (both the arrival time and the jokes). An overly copious meal of pancakes on our first stop, prepared by the sweetest people imaginable. @laurens_ten_dam exchanging winter gloves for an autograph in a local bike shop. Tire jokes – lots of them. Wet gloves and overshoes brotherly lined up on the one heater in a German bakery - that made us a personalized pie. Whisky! Did I mention @jonwoodroof’s whisky? The total group ecstasy when a container of pringles got pulled out from a night shop in the final hours. The beers and exhaustion-naps on the train back home. . The people. The bunch that I met for the first time that day but kept close with ever since. And then that glorious state of hyperreality. In which everything feels both blurry and sharp at the same time. Suffering is just a tool to get to that place. . Try to embrace these times in the same way peeps. Something good might come out on the other end. . . #bonnorbust was a 300km single day ride from Amsterdam to the climate summit in Bonn, in order to raise funds for @fossielvrijnl (fossilfree). More pics in stories 👆🏻You should have been there. . . #endurancecycling #whyiride #thankyoucycling #cyclingphotohraphy #wintermiles #earlytobedearlytoshred
I realised I never wrote about this trip before. Might as well for @pedaledjapan’s #headsdowntogether . . BONN OR BUST Whisky is essential. Sprint tires are u...
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Kind of the general feeling . . . #quarantinedays #AMR2020 #cyclingphotography #atlasmountainrace #enduranceracing
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The pre life . . . #keepitlocal #handplaneholiday #bikepackinglife #endlesssummer #prequarantine
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