After a long winter in the battle against Coronavirus, spring lured many of us back out onto the streets and gravel routes. And to inspire and motivate you to get back on your bike and explore your local area, we announced our #RideToTheStart Challenge in March 2021!
First our ambassadors set off, presenting us with their favourite tours that are right on their doorstep. Then it was your turn and — what can we say — your incredible tours absolutely overwhelmed us! You showed us steep gravel roads in Scotland, took us on windy routes along the North Sea, drove with us over the snowy foothills and proved that a chilly March is no reason not to get on your bike.
With such a huge selection, it really was not easy for us to choose the ten winners. We looked at every single tour, indulged in the photos and were very impressed by some of the achievements.
In the end, these ten contestants inspired us the most and that makes them our winners!
Gigliola Valeria (komoot.de/user/868897373789) from Dorset, England
KirstenGo (komoot.de/user/815010693477) from Black Forest, South Germany
TV (komoot.de/user/1279215230170) from Holland, Netherlands
Gidi (komoot.de/user/919942666113) from Limburg, Netherlands
Toby (komoot.de/user/898671680491) from Scotland
Lotta (komoot.de/user/794605025761) from Hesse, Germany
uNick Adventures (komoot.de/user/palolem) from Bavaria, Germany
Udo Lautz (komoot.de/user/166015278680) from Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Carsten (komoot.de/user/788590046676) from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Mats777 (komoot.de/user/436236505580) from Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
And because there were so many other great tours, we're showing you four more routes that didn't quite make the final cut.
Mikmonken_Cycles (komoot.de/user/598718772912) from the Peak District, England
Dec (komoot.de/user/560471787821) from Manchester, England
Sandra Sandra (komoot.de/user/480301986578) from Bavaria, Germany
Michael S. (komoot.de/user/1181902737733) from the Swabian Alb, Germany
Thank you for your participation and have fun in the new cycling season. And to never miss any campaigns and challenges, subscribe our newsletter!
Did a great ride with some very typical Dutch highlights! I have been riding three times a week since the beginning of January and it has been great way to clear my mind from all COVID-19 issues. To anyone reading this: Don't let the current circumstances get you down and RIDE!
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When I saw the huge bowls from afar on a tour in February, I was a little flabbergasted at first. There are actually a lot of these big parts around.
Later looked at Komoot and of course found the system as a highlight.
In the 1960s, the system was built by the Deutsche Bundespost, with which, for example, the moon landing and the Olympic Games in Munich were broadcast around the world.
In any case, it was clear to me: I have to go there!
And so I planned a ~ 100km tour around Lake Starnberg to the earth radio system in Raisting.
It was supposed to be a relaxed tour, but the strong headwind made it very exhausting. It is very depressing when you go on the flat with only 18 km / h and give your all ...At some point I made it though and allowed myself a little photo and meal break by the huge antennas.
Very impressive and with the alpine panorama, of course, something to look at!The way back was (how could it be otherwise) also characterized by a headwind. On Lake Starnberg I observed a number of kite surfers for whom this wind was of course perfect;)
So I enjoyed the view over the lake to the mountains and let the tour end with a blowing wind, waves and another bar on the water ...
With the top weather it was time to look again in the Rhenish lignite district to see where the electricity is coming from.Absolute madness when you stand on the edge and see the huge dimensions.Route is great. A lot of asphalt. But also gravel and nasty mud in the forest.Hambach, Speedway: terra nova, Garzweiler Skywalk, much nothing ...
A really, really nice round. The first 140km headwind and crosswind. Really challenging! A Platten on the Rhine Cycle Path.
Recommendations: Lahn cycle path is really nice. Very challenging ascent where the path is not developed. Aartalweg: even more beautiful. Rheingau: Finally, really challenging climbs of up to 12%. It really gives you the rest. Overall, however, everything is great, you can go along again.
This ride was part of a challenge I’m doing which is to ride 21 iconic climbs in 2021, so far they’ve all been local, always riding from my front door at a sensible distance for my capability. So far my rides have been following the climbs from the series Britain’s Greatest Cycling Climbs. This ride was an on off road route to in Winnats Pass and Mam Nick, the climbs are suitable for a rod bike, but you’ll need something capable of cycling over the hill tops and down quarry banks. Take some pies you’re going to get hungry.
These were my 15 and 16 climbs of my challenge (not including the ones on route) and took me just shy of the 2,700km ridden so far this year. Can’t wait till it’s OK to ride a little further and ramp the km up a little more.
I’d recommend exploring the area south of Delamere, great quiet roads, also Kelsall Cycles has good coffee and cake