regalphis This is a picture of two weeks ago, from day 5 of my cycling trip.
Getting up at 6 o clock, riding through thunder storms and rain whole morning, enduring intense heat afterwards and finally ascending 1000 meter after 200 kilometers. All the harship didn't seem to matter any longer after seeing such a great sunset.
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regalphis Winter in summer. This region was also known to be the swiss version of Siberia. Pretty much true... #followthefreek 2d

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regalphis "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here's Leon on the first day of our cycling trip. His eternal optimism seems to conquer every bump in the road. Of course this comes in handy when going on a crazy ride.
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regalphis Leon and I cycled 1210 kilometer in 6 days. We climbed a total of 13171 meters and our total riding time was 52,5 hours.
Our toughest ride, according to Strava, was the first ride to the Alps with an average heart rate of 136 for 10,5 hours, resulting in an epic suffer score of 306.
The day after we arrived in the south of the Netherlands, our trip was over but I still had to go back to my car. Because we left a week before some 160 kilometers away, I still had to undertake quite some traveling. My choice was to sit in the train for more than 4 hours and pay generously for an expensive train ticket, OR I could cycle which would take me 1,5 hours extra but would be much less boring and cost effective. So I chose the latter. Eventually I could add 185 kilometers through Germany as the seventh stage to my list. Now it's over, I promise. For now.
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regalphis The final stage of our six day cycling trip. We woke up earlier than our alarm clock at 6:30 and decided to pack our stuff. The rhythmic ticking on the tent gave a clue of what we could expect this whole day long. After quickly packing our tent and sleeping gear we were on our way to Luxembourg city to get our breakfast.
Luxembourg city is very much a business oriented city. A city where hard work has always paid off and people dress accordingly. A city radiating high class. I always find it interesting to come across such a setting. High class business men, showing what decades of civilisation and capitalism had brought. And then there's me, a unshaved savant, with a vacant and bewildered gaze rolling through the streets. We stare at each other, the business men and I. They must have a well paying job with structure and routine, where they can make a good living off. I am conqueror of at least a 1000 kilometers thus far, proud owner of numerous physical discomforts and traveling on a very unconventional bicycle. I like the confrontation.
After our breakfast we continued north on a busy road. Trucks and cars speeding past you at 90 kilometers an our. We were cycling just a meter to the right, praying everyone was still paying attention and in control of the situation. It started raining after an hour or so and the road slowly turned from an easy flat road into a meandering hilly beast. Not long into our ride we were pulled over by two cops after we drove through a red light. Luckily for us we came off with a warning, otherwise it would have cost us €145 each. Pfew Eventually, in the early afternoon we made it to Belgium. Soaked wet we continued our way through the Eiffel. The wonderful sights were overshadowed by the concentration of keeping your bicycle from slipping away in descents and corners, and the effort it took to get uphill. The grand finale was the Baraque Michel, the highest point in Belgium.
From thereon it was only 40 kilometers, a walk in the park so to say. We made it to the Netherlands and finished our crazy 1200 km ride. The stats will follow tomorrow, first some sleep.
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  •   regalphis @mxd86 Zeker! 6d
  •   regalphis @sfennema 🏻 6d
  •   regalphis @arkuen.irk This is close to the Dutch/Belgian border near the very southern tip of the Netherlands. The exact location can be found on my photo map. 6d
  •   arkuen.irk @regalphis amazing:) I like to take a pictures of the road:) 6d
  •   regalphis @momofthreeunder It's certainly fascinating! I didn't even mention the cacophony of languages. Luxembourgish, French, German, even some Dutch here and there. You just don't know in what language you should try to speak. 6d
  •   sfennema Haha, die tweede comment trouwens 🏻 6d
  •   regalphis @sfennema haha ja geniaal. 6d
  •   vincentnobel Wat voor spullen had je mee qua bagagedrager, tent etc? Zo'n trip lijkt me namelijk wel eens wat! 6d

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regalphis Riding together is funny. Sometimes it feels as though it takes more effort riding behind someone than in front of someone, even though your heart rate is much lower. Especially with windy conditions like today. You can't really relax

Anyway those are the things you wander about when being on the road whole day long. Nothing to entertain you except for your thoughts. Of course, I could talk to @lessink but after a couple of days of doing practically everything together, we don't have much to discuss. Which is fine by me.

Leon and I seem to take turns in who is feeling a little unmotivated. It's great to have someone who can bring balance. Usually it's just a matter of talking, making a joke or simply deny the fact that you feel a little miserable. Because after 5 days of cycling, with way over 40 hours in the saddle, you start feeling pains everywhere. The worst, obviously, is the ass. The first 15 minutes after every break are very uncomfortable. It feels as though a band-aid is ripped from a wound every time you come out of the saddle. Sitting isn't much better as you put back pressure on a bruised and partially swollen behind. Yes, that's part of the adventure, but it has a lot to do with choice of both saddle and bib short of course. My choice wasn't optimal.

Anyway today started perfect, descending a height of 500 meters in a distance of 30 km with a slight wind in the back. After 2.5 hours we noticed the wind had turned and was largely coming from the front. Hours and hours we rode over the rolling hills if northern France. Dark clouds coming over occasionally but overall a nice warm day. After some time we changed our direction and we could find our pace again. So here we are, close to Luxembourg city, after 215 km.
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regalphis What a contrast. The morning was wet and cold, but the afternoon was sunny and warm. Beautiful weather and the terrain was not as tough as the alps. Eventually we made it late in the afternoon to des Vosges. After climbing the Grand Ballon we rode down the Route des Cretes. We descended down at the Col de la Schlucht where we could sleep at a friends' place.
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regalphis Not the best start of the day. We woke up early, at 6 o clock, but as soon as we wanted to leave it started to rain. Lightning flashes filling the sky above Lac du Neuchatel. So we had to take shelter just 5 km from where we slept in a Boulangerie. After an hour the thunderclouds were gone and we left in the rain.
Now 50 kilometers down the road, we're warming up in a cafe in Morteau. From now on it will be less hard. The rain has stopped so that's good news.
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regalphis We woke up a little later today. After getting breakfast, pain et croissants, we packed our tent and sleeping stuff and went on the road. .
The first part towards Annecy was easy and allowed us to get into a comfortable pace. When in Annecy, we bought a new map for the region we were riding towards to, the Swiss Alps. .
The first stop would be Geneva, about 40 kilometers down the road. We only had to climb a small col to get there. The only thing was that the last two days had taken their toll on our legs, and we were both suffering from some pains. Taken into consideration that it could result in some serious long-lasting injuries like last year. So we were taking it really easy.
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Luckily there wasn't much climbing and we were in Geneva quite fast. From thereon we were cycling along Lac Leman, a beautiful big lake with picturesque small towns along its coast. After 60 more kilometers we decided to go for a small lunch in Morges, just before we had to turn north to Lac Neufchatel. .
The weather was again our biggest enemy. 35 degrees made it extremely important to hydrate. Then, all of a sudden, dark clouds started rolling in and rain came pouring down. We were smart enough to take shelter and continue after half an hour. .
Eventually we made it to our stop. In the picture you can see me cooking in a really picturesque setting. Next stop: les Vosges.
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regalphis Again a long day. First Col d'Ornon, then Col du Glandon and the Col de la Madeleine to top it off. About 4000 height meters. It took us ages to get to the top of the Madeleine. The heat. The continuous steep road. The flies swarming around you. But we made it to the top and eventually to Lac d'Annecy. #followthefreek

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regalphis Such a long day. First four hours with a strong head wind coming from the mountains. High temperatures of around 37 degrees centigrade. .
The highlight of the day was the Col du Menee, which was quite a challenge with a packed bike and the heat. After that it was quite easy to la Mure.
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When we got to la Mure around 8:30 pm we couldn't find a camp site, and after we asked a couple of locals, we got the directions to a camp site 15 km away. So we first got a pizza and cycled, in the dark, to the camp site. Luckily we still could get a spot. .
Now finally some rest. Tomorrow is the real firework with some serious climbs. .
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regalphis Montclus and back again
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@startupbootcamp Smart Materials is over. Last friday we had the opportunity to pitch in front of hundreds of people. This pitch round was called Demo Day and we (Matricore) and nine other startups had been working towards this particular day for the last four months. It was pretty successful given the phase we're in. Our pitch had a great storyline and presenting went really smooth. No investors so far but then again, we're still too early and too good to true to interest investors which are usually quite risk-averse.
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The plan now is to establish a development consortium around our company and apply for grants and early stage funds to finance a PhD. That PhD will most likely be me so we can perform applied research / product development. A really cool opportunity and I can't wait to make our ideas come alive.
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But first something else after months of dedication and discipline. I'm currently in Montclus, in the south of France. Me and @lessink will cycle back to the Netherlands in a week. We haven't completely figured out our course but agreed that it somehow must include some Alps. The total course spans 1200 km through the Alps, along Geneva, through the vosges, luxemburg, the Ardennes and eventually back to the Netherlands.
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We'll be leaving tomorrow early in the morning towards the Alps, our first stage of about 250 km with lots of climbing. We plan to ride to la Mure or Bourg d'Oissans, depending on how the day goes. .
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regalphis It's getting hot in here, figuratively and literally. Only 9 days to go till Demo day of @startupbootcamp Smart Materials. We will present our modular bone implant system, but there's still quite some work to be done. #startupbootcamp 4w

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regalphis We're closing in on Demo Day of @startupbootcamp Smart Materials. Only 17 days to go. Can't wait to do something else than work to be honest. #sbcMaterials #startupbootcamp 1mon
  •   vektorg All the best on the startup buddy! I have my fingers crossed here! 1mon
  •   regalphis @vektorg thanks Victor, that's very kind. It's really satisfying work though, I can't remember having worked with so much conviction and fun on a project! If we're not able to get investment on demo day then we'll continue either way but we probably have to improvise a little. 1mon

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regalphis My brother is getting married today! 2mon

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regalphis Thinking back of Lisbon days #saudade 2mon
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  •   inesclaro Now it's warm, sunny, and even more beautiful <3 i love my city ;) 2mon
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regalphis We're more than half way in @startupbootcamp Smart Materials. We've just pivoted again with our business model and have chosen our final one. There's a lot that we still need to do and it's only 37 days till Demo Day, when we get to pitch for hundreds of people. #InThePipeline
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regalphis A couple of weeks ago I was selected with a team to participate in @startupbootcamp Smart Materials, a global startup accelerator in the south of the Netherlands.
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After four intensive selection days with lots of roundtable discussions and several pitches in front of a large audience, our team was selected as one of the ten teams to participate in an intensive three month program, preparing you for a large pitch-event with around 200 investors.
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Our startup, Matricore, is developing a bioreactor to enable efficient and effective cell culturing, both for tissue engineering researchers and for commercial biotech companies. We offer a clever way of mimicing the 3D environment of the body combined with adequate perfusion to provide cell cultures of any size with the appropriate stimuli and nutrients. In other words, we make cell culturing easy and much more effective; all in a one-step process.
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Six weeks have passed since the start of the program and it's a truly amazing how much progress you make in such short time. The downside is that I can't spend much time on instagram and I'll probably won't post as much as I'd want to. I'll try to update every once in a while.
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You can find some more info on our website matricore.org. Not a lot info though as we're still developing.
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In the picture you see Ernst Jan Bos, MD, PhD and one of my two partners in crime.
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