Race the ghosts of old German cycling legends. It all started in 1896, when the pioneers of cycling circuited Berlin on the very first one-day race ever to be held on German ground. Sadly, most of these races have passed into obscurity by now. We dug them out for you to test your skills and let you compete with the trailblazers. You might be faster than they were, but, as you glide along the well prepared asphalt, bear in mind the cobblestone streets and steel frames the very first road bike heroes had to fight with, and you might even want to do an extra round in their honor.
Is there anyone who can name/tell me where bikeshops are along that ride (especially on the north part) ? I am doing it thursday, just in case of bad luck with the bike. (no I am not from Berlin).
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It is no longer clear where originally started. The race was one of the very early bike rides, just like Berlin-Vienna.At that time, the start and finish were usually in the city center, as there was considerable interest in the spectators. Presumably the route went however simply over the B5, which connects the Reeperbahn directly with Unter den Linden.The route on the B5 is not recommended from today's perspective (high traffic). Therefore, the track is modeled on today's Audax time trial and was extended to the city center (the Audax route is about 40km shorter).