Tobias Woggon and I have been mountain bike pros for a long time now and we have both independently travelled the world on two wheels. Our bikes have taken us to beautiful places and shared unique experiences with people from many cultures. A love and passion for bicycles has the power to unite people.
This year, it was time to focus on travel in Germany. Although we were not aware of this during the long planning phase, “holidays in Germany” and “cycling” are now hot topics. With our panniers loaded on our gravel bikes, we took to the road CO2-free. On the way, we are also helped to deliver some parcels from BIKE24 in Dresden. The five “customers” were all no strangers to the mountain bike scene. We met German champions and even world cycling champions, delivering their order to their doorsteps. They invited us in to take a look around their homes and we chatted over a good coffee (or two).
In total, we rode 745 miles (1,200 km) and 39,370 feet (12,000 m) of elevation gain over 10 days including one rest day. Our route took us from Dresden to Vogtland, Regensburg, Upper Bavaria, the Allgäu, the Swiss side of Lake Constance, the Black Forest and as far as Stuttgart. After a hot and dry spring, we chose exactly the time in early June, when it rained almost constantly.
Our rides averaged around 80.7 miles (130 km) and 3,937 feet (1,200 m) of altitude per day. Cycling these distances day after day pushes your limits but you may be surprised by how much you’re capable of when you try. Neither Tobias or I are endurance athletes and we only did a few practice trips of 62 miles (100 km). Spending ten hours a day in the saddle seemed to fly by thanks to the countless unforgettable moments we experienced on our journey.
I cannot recommend more strongly that everybody should explore Germany by bike. It is great to explore the beautiful landscapes that can be found away from the motorways and how different and interesting people are when you cycle from A to B in one day. Riding by bike helps you to experience places fully, whilst improving your fitness and learning more about yourself along the way.
Today should actually be a day of rest to get strengthened in the next two to three days to Bad Aibling, over 300 kilometers away. André showed us his home trail, then it started to rain, but we decided to walk a few kilometers. We just wanted to avoid getting really flat at some point and thought: “50 kilometers are always possible”.
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The hardest should follow the best day of the tour today. From the kilometers it doesn't look that bad, but the weather was incredibly modest. Fortunately we had some companions again, Ines Thoma took a part with us. It is extremely motivating to have another partner in suffering - and also someone with whom you can talk about something else.