Venus Valley / Christine vds / 9:41
christine_vds and ORBIT 360 went gravel riding.
June 6, 2021
Report later. I finished ... 🥴
Congratulations 🎈🎊🎉 🤩
Respect! There were some really strenuous stretches there ...
Wow! 😳 I calculate 190-200km cross like 250-300km racing bike. Chapeau 😎
Congratulation! Was there a huge tree in the way to Lauenburg down on the Elbe? I drove the route yesterday and I barely got past it ...
June 7, 2021
Great, I hope you enjoyed the route.At the moment the texture changes every day.
@MRO 322Yes, it's still there. Pretty impressive! Difficult, but you can get past it step by step.
Awesome route! Extremely varied, beautiful and only a few nasty sections here and there. Thanks to the scouters! I'm excited!During the first orbit I asked myself what would happen the next time, because: “There's always something!”… I have to say, it was totally hardcore for me, but everything just worked - during the trip!Because this time the drama took place before. Even before the first orbit I had managed to get a repair appointment at suicycle for a few maintenance work and to check what was going on in the area of drive, chain and gears.The diagnosis (something of a hospital situation ...): "The bottom bracket is through!". "Well," I thought, "engraving is really more expensive to maintain than RR, but of course - swap." Yes, hm, well ... Keyword: NOT AVAILABLE ...!The whole of the following story would lead too far here, but it would not be suicycle if some way was not found. Again, many, many thanks at this point! I'm still a little speechless ...Somehow I think that the sentence “But we want you to drive!” Gave me wings while actually driving. Something like "Now I have to deliver too." But not in a negative sense. Maybe I would have taken an additional break at one point or another.Already after the first 35km it was clear to me: Either the junk bottom bracket had slowed me down the whole time or I have magic legs today (for my circumstances). "Huh? How? That's Aumühle? !! ??!? "A few weeks ago I drove the first half of Venus Valley to assess whether I would take on the topic of orbit (luckily I didn't get to the section of the old borderline: I will NEVER drive the landmark trophy !!!) . On this test drive, it took forever to get to Aumühle.Yesterday it kind of went ...Exemplary for the flow of this trip: In Nusse, I actually only missed my descent and happened to come to a stop right in front of the cemetery gate. "Oh cool, I have to fill up the water slowly anyway!"Funnily enough, the worst section of the old borderline saved me from the usual 100km break-in at some point. The inconceivable constant rumbling made me so angry that there was no more room for "I can't anymore" thoughts. I usually try to behave like a good guest in nature - but there was no other way: I had to roar really loud once!Realization: sand is stupid, but somehow that works too.Somewhere in the section to Boizenburg I thought: “Sand, cobblestones AND vertical meters! That's 3 wishes at once ... Grmbl *! ** !!! * In general, I found the section a bit spooky. Atmospheric (maybe because I was already through ...), but also because the descents on the perforated plates didn't look that steep, but the acceleration was then violent ...Again quickly climbed around the really huge fallen tree at approx. 143km (a tending to be slippery ...) and surprised that the last meters in the Elbe slopes are not as bad as always thought and already on the short 30km home straight. I think I've never driven the entire embankment in one go ... Actually, I was way above my performance limit, but after calculating the possible total time, the principle of "Kopp off and kick!" Worked again.Many thanks to everyone involved for this experience. It was great and I learned a lot again!
@BENUThat's right, huge difference yesterday compared to the test drive (1st half). Mud holes largely defused, but nasty sand holes in some places, which I hadn't even registered as tricky the first time.
Nice report, I can find myself in it just now. "Constant rumbling" - yep, that's exactly what it hits.