Biking to the bakery — 7 crunchy wake-up rides

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There is almost nothing better than an extensive breakfast with tasty, crispy bread and crispy rolls — naturally fresh from the baker. The only way to top this is to take a refreshing road bike tour and start the day active and full of energy. So it makes sense to simply combine these two feel-good factors. And that's exactly why we present in this collection seven racing bike tours from 70 to around 100 kilometres in length, which you can not only complete before breakfast, but also collect your breakfast on the way: All tours lead out of the urban centres of the Ruhr area to a very special bakery.

Cycling to the bakery around the corner on a racing bike is hardly a big challenge. All tours will take you out of the city to make the trip a pleasure. We have attached great importance to the fact that the routes of these tours lead along quiet roads, cycle paths or railway tracks and through greenery. The intermediate destination is always a bakery. But not just any bakery: We have found seven very special bakeries that all have one thing in common. They are all "organic" and are fully committed to sustainable production. Natural, regional ingredients, genuine handwork and a large portion of love are the ingredients for particularly fresh, healthy and delicious bakery products. This is why the bakeries are not located in a narrow branch on the edge of a supermarket, but in beautiful locations outside the conurbations. Our tours take you to cosy small towns in the Bergisches Land, to a farm with its own bakery and to a historic mill in the middle of nature. The result is enjoyment for all the senses and a touch of adventure. Two small tips on the side: put a light fabric bag in your jersey pocket, which you can use as a backpack on the way back. It's the easiest way to get your shopping home. It also makes sense to check the opening hours of the selected bakery before you leave - not that you're still standing in front of a locked bakery!

"Getting out of the Ruhrpott" was one of the themes of these tours. We came up with something special: All tours start and end at a station of the S-Bahn line S1, which runs from Solingen via Duisburg to Dortmund once across the Pott. So you can easily start all tours with the S-Bahn. Maybe you will take all seven tours one after the other? So you have enough material to start the coming weekends actively and also to come home with a delicious surprise. We wish you a good trip and "Bon Appetit"!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:59
    58.9 km
    19.7 km/h
    540 m
    550 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This short circuit has almost 60 kilometers with a lot of rest and very little traffic - just right to earn the delicious rolls that you collect on the road at the wood-fired oven in Witten for your breakfast at home.It starts at the S-Bahn station of Bochum district Wattenscheid, of which you hardly get to see anything, because we turn right after the tour start from the main road and approach us through picturesque fields and quiet Bahntrassenradwege quickly to the Ruhr valley. Again and again you have a great view of the river and its floodplain landscape, in which especially in the morning lots of waterfowl frolicking.After crossing the weir of Kemnader Lake, our route bends to the left and a long climb awaits you, which will take you along tiny country roads up to the Vormholzer Stadtforst and back down to Rauendahl. This is a great place for racing cyclists, because the mix of quiet roads and nature on the outskirts of the cities is really beautiful.In the Witten district of Bommern you now roll relaxed towards the wood-fired bakery, which hides in a small backyard - just follow your nose, the fresh scent of bread and rolls is hard to miss. Maybe you treat yourself to a roll on the hand, so you have enough power for the way back and to bring home a decent ration of wood oven pastries.The way back is a nice mix of quiet bike paths along the Ruhr, over old railway tracks and through the quiet corners of Bochum. If you still have not had enough, you can just spin a few more rounds over the Walter Lohmann Ring, a small training ground on the edge of Altenbochum.

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  • Difficult
    03:49
    74.0 km
    19.4 km/h
    1,060 m
    1,060 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This tour takes you out of the Ruhr area on the edge of the Bergisches Land to Wuppertal. There the most delicious rolls of the area are waiting to be picked up by you.But before that, enjoyment on two wheels is on the plan. It starts right after leaving the S-Bahn station in Essen Steele. The tour starts through the beautiful Ruhr Valley and heads for Hattingen, where the Schulenberg Tunnel takes you to the quietly located coal railway, an old railway line that has been converted into a cycle path. The route takes you right into the middle of Elfringhauser Schweiz, which does not bear its name for nothing: it goes up and down and it is wonderfully green.But it is even less traffic: You drive through the Nordbahntrasse right through Wuppertal - without even meeting a car. For this you cross the many viaducts of this very special train path cycle path, from which you have a really great view of the city on the Wupper. Now it's back out of the valley. At Myska a snack is waiting for you. Here you can find the best rolls far and wide. But beware: The things weigh much more than normal bread rolls, make you really full and have high addictive potential!Well-fortified and hopefully with enough provisions for those left at home, it's now back to Essen Kettwig. Two crisp climbs are still waiting for you, but also some fast descents on small country roads with fantastic nature all around. The last piece on the Ruhrtalradweg is then something for the eye - here you can roll out relaxed.This tour uses some sections, which are also used in good weather at peak times by other cyclists and pedestrians like (Ruhrtalradweg, coal track and Nordbahntrasse). If you want to accelerate, it's best to drive early. Then you are back home punctually for breakfast.

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    69.7 km
    20.6 km/h
    710 m
    710 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This tour is the perfect alibi for a bike ride before breakfast! It is only at the very beginning and at the end just in the middle of the city - everything else is wonderfully rural. And as a reward, there is especially delicious bread from the wood oven.You start in the middle of Dortmund at the main station. But it does not take you five kilometers to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. At the latest, if you can see the waters of Lake Phoenix, it will be quiet. From here you take a course on the Ruhr valley near Fröndenberg. Over the hills that define the valley, narrow, quiet country roads lead from where you have a great view of the surrounding countryside and on which racing is really fun.Then you cross the Ruhr valley to get to know the hills on the other side of the bank. It goes a lot up and down today, so that you have collected at the end of the tour on not even 70 kilometers at least 710 vertical meters. Before we go down to the Ruhr, we recommend a coffee stop in the cozy café of the Gut Böckelührs.Then you start slowly on the way home, on the still a crisp climb up to the Hohensyburg waiting for. If you like, you can drive up to the ruins and enjoy again a great view of the Ruhr. Shortly afterwards you reach Muller's Backes, a small but really cozy bakery, where classic bread is baked with lots of time and love. It's best to treat yourself to a little piece of "hand" and take home a larger supply, where this tour can have a lasting effect in this way.

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  • Difficult
    04:56
    102 km
    20.6 km/h
    1,360 m
    1,360 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This tour is perfectly suited to turn the good old "time to get cigarettes" story into a road bike remake: 102 kilometers - you've been on the road for a while to "get your bread rolls" for breakfast! But do not worry, you will definitely come back. In the end, however, it will be difficult for you to decide what you liked better: the bakery or the way there.But one after anonther. Our tour starts in Bochum Langendreer, where you directly drive to the "Rheinische Donkey", a railway track bike path that takes you away from traffic to Witten. It follows a piece on the idyllic Ruhr Valley Cycle Route, before the first crisp rise of the day is waiting for you, which brings you past the castle of the same name up to Vollmarstein. There you can stop for a while, breathe deeply and enjoy the great view of the Ruhr Valley, which opens up between the old half-timbered houses. Because that was just the beginning. After the departure to Hagen Westerbauer "Aske" is waiting for you. This is a long climb with about 200 meters of altitude, which is gladly used by mountain bike racers for mountain training. The road is steep, but really nice and the top of course you have a wonderful view.Now you drive to Breckerfeld on a beautiful country road and slowly crank yourself up to over 400 meters - compared to the start in Bochum at about 100 meters, that's pretty impressive. Anyway, today is a lot climbed: In the end there are 1,360 meters in altitude on your speedometer. In Breckerfeld you turn left onto the long downhill to Priorei into full metal. Follow the shady valley for a few kilometers before turning off towards Heesfelder Mühle. The highlight of the day is not far away!The Heesfelder mill is a real gem. The restored mill, the beautiful nature all around and the great health food store and café is definitely worth a stop. Maybe you take a coffee break, look at everything in peace and then fill your backpack with the delicious pastries of the wholemeal bakery Nobody, who uses only regional products for their bread specialties.The return trip leads over partly delightfully remote country roads back to Bochum. Especially beautiful is the section from the Ennepetalsperre to Ennepetal: Here is waiting for about 15 kilometers long, idyllic country road and it is almost only downhill. It's simply fun. A few more beautiful climbs, then brings you the new Elbschebahntrasse back to Witten, where you, as on the way, over the Rhenish donkey back to the starting point of the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    79.2 km
    20.9 km/h
    890 m
    890 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This round does not start in the Ruhr area, but directly in the mountainous country in the city of Solingen. However, the Ruhrpott S-Bahn line 1 takes you straight to the start at Solingen Hauptbahnhof and spits you out almost directly in the countryside. Nevertheless, the tour starts in the urban environment, because first you drive through Solingen. In the city center, avoid the traffic by turning onto the beautiful corkscrew track, which you follow only a short distance before the route branches off from the panoramic cycle path towards Morsbachtal.Once the Morsbachtal is reached, the tour changes its character. Suddenly, it gets quiet and green and mostly a fresh brook ripples along the streets, where only occasionally a car comes to meet you. At the end of the Morsbachtal a short, but relatively steep climb awaits you, which brings you via Remscheid Lüttringhausen to the picturesque Herbringhauser dam and from there to the outskirts of Radevormwald. Here is located in a cozy half-timbered house, the parent company of the bakery Bremicker, which bakes here since 1870 very traditional. Today, they specialize in ecological and sustainable production - so you can buy baked goods made with love and time and take them home for breakfast.But before that, a pleasurable return journey awaits you. Passing the Wuppertal dam, you take a course on the Balkan route, another panoramic cycle path in the Bergisches Land region. On the former railway line awaits you finest asphalt, over which you fly always slightly downhill, until you reach the idyllic city of Leichlingen. From here it is only a stone's throw to the starting point, Solingen Hauptbahnhof.

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    84.0 km
    24.8 km/h
    180 m
    180 m
    Ferry
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    This tour starts where the Ruhr area ends: in Duisburg, the Ruhr flows into the Rhine and in this very Rhineland we make a short detour today. But before there is again a full pack of Ruhrgebiet - Duisburg is sort of a bag of colorful pottery culture. Here you will find relics of old smelting works, mining dumps and the big harbor. To drive through Duisburg is definitely eventful and if you still have time and desire after the tour, we can recommend you a short detour, for example to the harbor or to the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord.But now it's time to get out of the city. Over the bridge of solidarity you roll "over" into the Rhineland, which is characterized by meadows, agricultural fields and small, but mostly asphalted farm roads, which are perfect for racing. In the large arch you drive around Krefeld to Anrath, where the Stautenhof is located on the outskirts of the village. Here you are fully specialized in sustainable production, so you can buy regional organic products in the farm shop, from meat to cheese. Rustic breads, bread rolls and sweet pastries are made in the farm's own bakery. Perfect for getting a bit stronger on the go or shopping at home for a delicious breakfast.After the stop on the farm, it continues idyllic. Through meadows and fields, the route leads back towards the Rhine, where a small ferry transports you over to Kaiserswerth. This district of Düsseldorf has a really nice old town, which is perfect for another stop. Alternatively, you can also take a break on the beautiful Rhine promenade before you roll back to Duisburg Central Station.If you do not feel like "climbing", this tour is for you. The entire route is very smooth - on 84 kilometers, there are only 180 meters of altitude, of which you hardly notice anything on the way.

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    65.1 km
    20.4 km/h
    840 m
    840 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    In the middle of Bochum, this short but crisp race bike tour takes you on a relatively direct route to Schwelm, where you head for the Silesian brick oven bakery Müller. For the way there and back to Bochum, we have selected beautiful, quiet roads as possible, but on which you can do it well.On the dead straight Königsallee you leave Bochum and enjoy the fast descent from Bochum Stiepel down to the Ruhr, which you cross directly after the weir of the Kemnader reservoir. Here you have a great view of the lake on the one hand and the Hattinger Castle Blankenstein on the other side.Shortly thereafter, you leave the main road and reach after a steep ascent the Durchholzer road, over which you come traffic and right through the green to Hasslinghausen. You now gravel Gevelsberg briefly, from where you crank over a steep serpentine road including beautiful views over the Hindenburghöhe over to Schwelm. In the center of Schwelm is the Brotbäckerei Müller, which still produces genuine sourdough bread and all sorts of other baked goods. Here you can take a break and buy provisions for your own home.Also on the way back you can let it run properly and still enjoy the beautiful nature and great views. This time you will pass the castle of Blankenstein in Hattingen and have the chance to see the historic walls from close up. A little later, you roll over the grounds of the Henrichshütte, where you drive right through the middle of the former steel production - absolutely impressive!The rest of the tour is really idyllic: You drive a bit along the Ruhr, before you come through the Weitmarer wood on the Springorum bike path, which brings you away from traffic back to Bochum Hauptbahnhof.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    533 km
  • Duration
    25:30 h
  • Elevation
    5,570 m

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