Life behind bars
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Life behind bars

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At the end of 2018 I sat myself some goals for the next year: Prepare for and actually running a marathon and also spent more time behind bars… That is, behind the handlebar of a bicycle.

I love Strava: For me it’s the perfect mix of social media, sport and places to discover. It also helped with the training. So eventually, I decided to do a 5k virtual race, a 10k run and a “Gran fondo” each month in 2019.

Thanks to Strava Routes and the tracks of friends, I discovered so many places around my home, each one feeling a bit like holiday. I shared impressions of those rides on Strava and this little book contains those photos. I selected photos from each months Gran Fondo including a map. 

Most of the assorted photos in the end are taken somewhere around Aachen, either in Germany, Belgium or the Netherlands. 

The suggested price of this book is one month Strava Summit.

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Michael Simons
Michael Simons

Michael Simons is a father of two, husband, geek, programmer and passionate cyclist. He works as a Senior Software engineer for Neo4j. In a previous life he worked at ENERKO INFORMATIK, an Aachen based company dealing with GIS system and has a background focussed on geographic information systems for utilities and price calculation at the energy market. In his brief time at INNOQ he helped customers modernize their application systems. Michael is known for having a certain passion for SQL and Spring.

Michael took his apprenticeship at the FZ Jülich and studies at FH Aachen: Campus Jülich. He is a PRINCE2 ® Registered Practitioner and sometimes torn between the roles of an architect and project manager.

Michael is a dedicated blogger and engaged in various open source projects, you'll find his stuff at

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