My 2023 Year In Strava Music

Got some of those "Your year in Music (by Spotify)" things in your social feed? Posted one yourself? Waiting for the "Year in Review" mail from Strava?

This year, I thought: Why not do both?

Sometimes - I don't remember when, exactly - I picked up the habit of using a couple of words or a line or two from a song to name my rides. Sometimes, those were songs I listened to while riding (only when on bike paths, never on the road). Sometimes, they just felt appropriate. They might have come to my mind for no reason, or resemble to mood of the ride.

So, I thought let's do a 2023 review - in my own style. 87 song citations, one at a time: 2023 in Strava Music.


I hate being cold, and since January was pretty cold around here, I didn't ride outside at all. And since I only give names to outdoor rides, this month is empty.


Finally, the outdoor season started off nice and cozy, on really familiar tracks. Starting to ride outside in February is pretty early for me, which is also foreshadowing the things to come in fall...

Date Ride Song Map Comments
2023-02-18 Keine Zeit zu verlieren. Ich werd nicht länger warten. Keine Zeit zu verlieren - Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! MIA. - Alles Neu "No time to lose, I won't wait any longer" is the translation of the song's title, and - well, that's how it felt.
2023-02-23 Und ein Glück, mit diesem Trick glaub ich fast wieder an alles. MIA. - Hoffnung Looks like I went up and down Donauinsel for some reason. Okay, why not?


Aaaaaahhhh, the sacred month of march, when every cyclist in continental Europe and the British isles flies to the sunny island of Mallorca. I'm not different, so Mallorca it was. Our daughter in the safe hands of the grandparents, we left for a week of riding in warmer temperatures. Pro-Tip: Don't bring your bike. Rent. It's not much more expensive than the airline fee, and if you stretch your budget a bit, you can even ride a bike that is nicer than the one you have at home. In my case, it was a Cannondale System Six, pre-loved by some EF Education First Pro I can't remember. Oh, and I did see Magnus Cort powering up Randa. I was impressed, he wasn't, story of my life.

Date Ride Song Map Comments
2023-03-04 I live on the right side, I sleep on the left / That's why everything's gotta be love or death White Lies - Death In case you're wondering, that's still in Vienna.
2023-03-10 Lying on the ground, Feeling like a dyin' man Michael Kiwanuka - Final Days Still Vienna.
2023-09-19 I bless the Rains Down in Africa Toto - Africa Vienna.
2023-03-22 Run, boy, run! Woodkid - Run, boy, run! Vienna still.
2023-03-26 Beach 2k20 Robyn - Beach 2k20 Ah. Once around the airport. Splendid route selection if you ask me.
2023-03-27 I said, "Do you speak-a my language?" He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich Men at Work - Down Under This is where I saw Magnus.
2023-03-28 Walk like an Egyptian The Bangles - Walk like an Egyptian It's because it got those appendages, right? The other option would have been "It's hip to be square", but it's not really square.
2023-03-29 Open the door, get on the floor Everybody walk the dinosaur Was not Was - Walk the Dinosaur I love going up Soler and I have no idea why this song stuck with me the whole ride, but it did.
2023-03-31 Love and marriage, love and marriage Go together like a horse and carriage Frank Sinatra - Love and Marriage Couple ride. Get it?


One last ride in Mallorca, and for reasons I cannot remember there then is a three week break without any rides. I had some back issues this year, maybe that's why? Speaking of which, back issues suck. Stay healthy, kids!

Date Ride Song Map Comments
2023-04-01 Na ah ah ah ah ah ah ah - Randa! AC/DC (Kinda) - Thunderstruck We met Ricky on Randa, which was Rand-om, and very nice. And we saw a ton of PNS influencers. Those two events were related.
2023-04-21 I’m bringing sexy back Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back
2023-04-22 You gotta know, I'm feeling love made of gold Chet Faker - Gold This loop goes to Goldenes Bründl ('Golden Well'), and I love it. That's all you need to know I guess.
2023-04-25 A-well-a don't you know about the bird? Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word The Trashmen - Surfin Bird
2023-04-30 Ice, ice, baby Vanilla Ice - Ice, Ice, Baby When you're inappropriately clothed for the temperatures, you need to go quite fast to not cool out.


May was a pretty amazing month for me. I managed to get in over 1.000km, which makes it the strongest month of my 2023. Three rides over 100km, and I did a variant of a loop I've come to call 'The Soulcrusher' on 2023-05-22 which looks like a vulture on the map and that's a great summary of what it can do to your liver.

Date Ride Song Map Comments
2023-05-01 To die young is far too boring these days Helmet - Unsung Guess I tried a new loop. Might have been good, but didn't leave an impression because I can't remember.
2023-05-06 On an island in the sun We'll be playing and having fun Weezer - Island in the Sun (the good video)
2023-05-07 Mi see blessings fall by mi right hand Koffee - Toast Some loops just make me happy. This is one of them.
2023-05-09 Feel a good, good creepin' up on you So just dance, dance, dance, come on Justin Timberlake - Can't stop the Feeling
2023-05-11 Garde-moi, je suis noble de cœur MC Solaar - Solaar Pleure
2023-05-20 Put your good face on, you're foolin' no one You're a jackrabbit underneath San Fermin - Jackrabbit
2023-05-21 We always hang in a Buffalo Stance We do the dive every time we dance Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance Dopplerhütte, Sofienalpe. A classic. Just like Neneh Cherry.
2023-05-22 Got what I got the hard way; And I'll make it better each and every day The Blues Brothers - Soul Man I'm not a gifted cyclist. I really need to work hard for everything. This is how working hard looks for me.
2023-05-23 Baby, baby, baby, baby, he's looking so cute, yeah; Riding around in a blue jumpsuit, yeah Rollins Band - Ghost Rider Sometimes I wonder how road cyclists look to other people. That line might be not too far off.
2023-05-25 You don't know me, I am an introvert an excavator; I'm duckin' out for now, a face in dodgy elevators Santigold - Les Artistes
2023-05-26 But everybody's like / Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece / Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash Lorde - Royals Okay, this has nothing to do with the ride but watch the video to see the immense talent of Lorde. She is - in stark contrast to me - truly gifted.
2023-05-27 Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back / Struck from a great height by someone who should know better than that Florence and the machine - The Dog Days are over If you're happy and you know it clap your hands.
2023-05-29 I backed my car into a cop car the other day / Well, he just drove off, sometimes life’s okay Modest Mouse - Float on
2023-05-31 Ha ha ha, bless your soul / You really think you're in control Gnarls Barkley - Crazy


WTF happened here? Only five rides in the mid of summer? Oh - yeah. A beach holiday in 🇬🇷 happened here. I definitely had back issues then. Spent the whole vacation on pain killers and red wine.

Date Ride Song Map Comments
2023-06-01 Welcome to your life / There′s no turning back Tears4Fears - Everybody wants to rule the world
2023-06-03 C'mon join the joyride / Be a joyrider Roxette - Joyride
2023-06-25 Drinkin' by drinkin' for two / Drinkin' with you / When drinkin' was new Stereophonics - Dakota
2023-06-29 Sorry baby, sadly, I gave up, I know / I was out of options with nowhere left to go Moneybrother - They're building Walls around us I guess by now you've figured out that I really like riding on the Donauinsel.
2023-06-30 I‘m bringing sexy back Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back Again?


I was in Salzburg for two rides. And of course it rained on both occasions. Salzburg, amirite?

Date Ride Song Map Comments
2023-07-02 Except the little fish / Bump into me, swear he's / Tryin' a talk to me, say wait wait / Where is my mind? The Pixies - Where is my Mind? Why do I keep doing this? Because I can listen to music when I do this. Maybe.
2023-07-04 I‘m just looking for one divine hammer The Breeders - Divine Hammer
2023-07-05 Blinded by the Light Bruce Springsteen - Blinded by the light When your friends don't have kids, they're on a different schedule. And getting them to ride in the morning once is a major achievement.
2023-07-07 I bet you even know / Where we could go oh-oh-oh Chvrches - The Mother we share
2023-07-08 I really identify with you so much. Rollins Band - Liar
2023-07-09 Just a man, and his will to survive Survivor - Eye of the Tiger It was brutally hot that day. Too hot. And I like hot. By the way - did you notice the similarities with the first video of the year?
2023-07-10 The sky set out like a pathway / But who decides which route we take White Lies - Death AGAIN?!!?!
2023-07-11 Like a true nature's child / We were born / Born to be wild Steppenwolf - Born to be wild Rode with Josh, talked bikes. The ones with motors. I now know what 'chopper' means.
2023-07-14 Don't come over here / Piss on my gate / Save it just keep it off my wave Soundgarden - My Wave
2023-07-15 Why does my heart feel so bad? Moby - Why does my heart feel so bad? The loop has a heart shape, and I felt really unfit on the ride. Got it? Of course you did.
2023-07-18 Oh, if the trip and the plan come apart in your hand / You can turn it on yourself, you ridiculous clown LCD Sound System - All my Friends
2023-07-19 Du hast gut reden, du kamst vielleicht schon klug zur Welt MIA. Mausen.
2023-07-24 Es kommt irgendwann irgendwoher irgendwie alles wieder MIA. Atze de Boe
2023-07-28 And when the rain begins to fall / You'll ride my rainbow in the sky Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora - When the rain begins to fall
2023-07-29 People, after the rain, will your life / Will it ever be the same? Little Dragon - After the Rain


There are two Furka passes in the world. One is in Switzerland, and the other one is in Vorarlberg. You can ride both Hugo, of which there is only one. I know this because I did it. The last time, we rode the one in Vorarlberg from Rankweil, that's the not so cool side. This year, we rode it from the Bregenzer Wald side, the proper side. Also, it was raining and Hugo played his famous charm and managed to convince some hotel staff to let us sit out the worst in their breakfast room. They even gave us coffee. On the animal side of things, I met a poodle.

Date Ride Song Map Comments
2023-08-01 And I'm gonna see that you won't go far (oh oh) Chvrches (again?) The Mother we share AGAIN? Planned for a longer route, it started to rain, turned around. Then the rain stopped.
2023-08-3 Kari some no yume ni utau / Ikusen no toki wo koete Baby Metal - Megitsune 🦊
2023-08-8 Lord give me grace and dancing feet / Let me outshine the moon Bloc Party - The Prayer Going down Exelberg brings back good memories.
2023-08-11 When food is gone you are my daily meal Florence and the Machine - The dog days are over AGAIN?
2023-08-12 They can't see him walking through the darkness Tekhita - Walking Trough the Darkness
2023-08-14 Don't get strung out by the way that I look / Don't judge a book by its cover Frankenfurter - Sweet Transvestite
2023-08-15 All I wanna do is have some fun / I got a feelin' I'm not the only one Sheryl Crow - All I wanna do Furka with Hugo. Got Apfelstrudel from his mom in Rankweil, then took the train back home. Perfect day, even if we got soaking wet in between.
2023-08-16 I like my toast done on one side Sting - Englishman in New York
2023-08-17 I know you got charm and appeal / You always play the field Diana Ross - Upside Down
2023-08-18 Regular dogs that used to hang out in the neighbourhood looked at the poodle, Didn't think anything of it. Frank Zappa - The Poodle Lecture)
2023-08-19 Country roads, take me home John Denver - Take me home, country roads
2023-08-22 Rhythm, you have it or you don't / That's a fallacy Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
2023-08-23 Eso es amor sin dolor / Hasta la próxima mi amor MC Solaar - Hasta La Vista I was drinking the day before with a friend. To this day, I don't know how I managed to get this ride in.
2023-08-24 Spoonman / Speak the rhythm on your own / Speak the rhythm all alone Soundgarden - Spoonman
2023-08-25 To call for hands of above, to lean on / Wouldn't be good enough for me, no The Knife - Heartbeats
2023-08-27 I just can't worry 'bout no haters, gotta stay on my grind Iggy Azalea - Fancy She speaks the truth.


2023 has been a wild year temperature-wise. I don't know how often I went out for a ride just to "enjoy the last day of summer". More often than once. More often than a dozen times probably.

Date Ride Song Map Comments
2023-09-02 Time, time, time / See what's become of me The Bangles - Hazy Shade of Winter
2023-09-04 That's why I'm easy / I'm easy like Sunday morning The Commodores - Easy
2023-09-06 We've got the feelings that you want / Peace, love, and understanding Nothing but Thieves - Welcome to the DCC
2023-09-07 Movin' to the country / Gonna eat a lot of peaches The Presidents of the United States of America - Peaches
2023-09-08 I'm kind of over gettin' told to throw my hands up in the air / So there Lorde - Team
2023-09-09 And it's lend me ten pounds, I'll buy you a drink / And mother wake me early in the morning The Pogues - Boys from the County Hell
2023-09-10 And I scream from the top of my lungs "What's going on?" 4 Non Blondes - What's up? The family was away and I had time. I spent it with a 160k ride along the Danube to Krems and back. Up to this day I don't know if it was a good idea or not.
2023-09-11 Enjoying the Beigeness Kae Tempest - The Beigeness
2023-09-16 Don't you realize you're fine Phantogram - Don't Move
2023-09-17 Earth tone suits you / So give it a smile Helmet - In the Meantime
2023-09-20 Down by the riverside / There's bound to be a better ride / Than what you've got planned The Bangles - Hazy Shade of Winter AGAIN? Honest to god, this was the first time I noticed how fitting these lyrics are.
2023-09-21 They say that girl you know she act so rough, rough, rough / Well it's 'til I turn off the light, turn off the light Nelly Furtado - Turn off the light
2023-09-26 One more time with feeling Regina Spektor - One more time with Feeling
2023-09-28 Sometimes it feels like a barricade / To keep us away, keep us away / And it kinda does Interpol - Barricade
2023-09-29 So be easy and free / When you're drinking with me / I'm a man you don't meet every day The Pogues - I'm a man you don't meet every day


Boom. End of season, switch to kettlebells.

Date Ride Song Map Comments
2023-10-03 Streetlights, people / Livin' just to find emotion Journey - Don't stop Believing
2023-10-11 Wenn jeder Tag wie der erste des Sommers wär’ Mia. - Engel
2023-10-13 Start wearing Purple for me now 🟣 Gogol Bordello - Start wearing Purple
2023-10-22 Are you ready for the high life? Bloc Party - High Life I am so ready for the high life. I was born ready for the high life.
2023-10-28 Cause that's my fun day / My I don't have to run day The Bangles - Manic Monday Sunday on a Saturday.


At this point, I don't even know why I bother. When putting on your clothes feels it's taking longer than doing the ride itself, even the benefits of fresh air seem questionable. I'm too old for this shit, you know?

Date Ride Song Map Comments
2023-11-04 In the end all you can hope for / Is the love you felt to equal the pain you've gone through Editors - Bones If this is not a fitting line for the end of a cycling season then I don't want to know what would be.

That's it. 87 rides spanning 10 months, 87 opportunities to mess up any recommendation algorithm.

And if you're now convinced in my taste in music and want to relive the experience, here is a 6 hour playlist of all the songs linked here. Enjoy.

And if you have any suggestions for my rides in 2024, let me know!

Published 2023~12~15