Here France is almost like Switzerland. On the menu you can find cheese fondue, some place names end in -eux and the prices are rising noticeably. Today's tour starts in Chanaz, a charming little town on the canal between the Rhône and Lac du Bourget. The first part follows the Via Rhôna, a perfectly developed cycle path along the Rhône. Via the Col du Chat it goes to the Lac du Bourget, which was still circled. The view of the Alps from the Col was impressive, even if it was overcast today. I'm a little spoiled because of the consistently beautiful sunny last days. With that my little Tour de France comes to an end.
October 20, 2021
Today was like a day in cycling heaven. This loop leads through the Auvergne volcano and is a dream from a cycling point of view. On the smaller streets only the post car came towards me and the sun made the woods and leaves shine in the Indian summer light. The roof of the tour was the Col de la Croix St-Robert. With a maximum of 8%, it was easy to drive, but photo stops were inevitable. At the Col de Guery I was guided by Komoot's navigation in bicycle mode to a parallel scree stream path. Even with the best will in the world, only pushing helped. So to all imitators: stay on the road (D983). Back to the starting point Lac d‘Aydat there was another nice descent with a view of the Puy de Dôme. In good old quäldich.de custom, the 'dirty beer' hissed on the terrace at the end of this intoxicating tour.
October 18, 2021
Today the prehistoric caves of Lascaux were on the cultural program. For me the opportunity to enjoy the journey through the beautiful Vézère valley. The roads are a dream in terms of landscape and there is little traffic in October. The guided tour through the lifelike reconstruction of the Lascaux cave is very impressive and informative. The return trip then led via Sarlat. Also a beautiful French town and known nationwide for its huge weekend market.
I saved the tour as a bike tour, but it can also be ridden with a racing bike without any problems. Now let's see what the Auvergne brings us next week.
October 14, 2021
End of the season in the Dordogne. This is clearly the right place to take in the landscape and culture without any ambitions in terms of length or cut. Especially since the 'golden October' gives everything again. The tour starts in Beynac, a cute place of 480 people with an imposing castle complex. Overall, this circuit is rich in castles and palaces. By planning in bicycle mode, you can enjoy many small unpaved veloroutes that would probably have fallen out with the racing bike. The main sights and highlights of this tour are Montfort, Château des Milandes (former Josephine Baker residence), Château de Marqueyssac and of course Beynac.
October 13, 2021
"An RTF is not a bike race, rather the tour has to be tackled without suffering alone or with others in community". So much for the definition, two aspects of it are worth discussing. In order to keep up with the TimeBandits today, the Betty Leeds (the fastest horse in the stable) was used again.
The Haarstrang RTF can definitely be described as a classic of the Dortmund tours and is organized by the traditional Sturm Hombruch club. Another tradition is the final “racing sausage”.
September 25, 2021
- 12:45192 mi15.1 mph2,075 ft2,325 ft
The alarm clock rang at 3:30 a.m. Shit ... Idea Thoughts inevitably come to mind after such a day.
Anyone who knows me knows that biorhythmically I am not an early bird. But the ride in the morning and with a bit of luck even into the sunrise are for me the most beautiful moments on the bike. Further along the Adige, I slowly went out of the Alps and over a small peak, Lake Garda on the east bank was even affected. Here I strengthened myself with pizza and ice cream with a view of the lake for the last challenge of this tour. The Po plain itself is a bit difficult mentally; if you add heat and headwinds, the last 50 km can be quite long. Shortly before 9 p.m., this great event at the foot of the fortress of Ferrara came to an end. The established happiness hormones will certainly last much longer than the heavy legs.
September 6, 2021
- 13:49211 mi15.3 mph8,775 ft9,825 ft
The Rando Imperator is a long-distance certification of 650 km across the Alps from Munich to Ferrara. It is organized (exemplary) by the Italian organizer Witoor. The route mainly follows the Via Claudia Augusta; the simplest variant over the Alps. Due to the mostly car-free route, one of the most beautiful in my opinion. After the Rando failed due to Corona last year, this year it was postponed to late summer instead of the traditional May date. Longer sections are gravel and quite demanding. The provider thinks that 25/28 tires can be driven, but that doesn't always have to go well. Thus, the tour is saved as a racing bike, despite the longer gravel deposits. In particular, the Fernpass through the forest on scree is a scenic highlight from this point of view. Already weird; Meanwhile, the tin caravan torments its way up only a few meters parallel. Some participants on narrow tires took the road and bitterly regretted it. The Norbertshöhe is easy to ride as an ascent, but the actual Reschenpass is quite unspectacular. What comes next is the attraction of this crossing of the Alps and the reward: the high-speed descent on the separate Etschtal cycle path through endless apple plantations. Finally, we continued downhill to Bolzano for an overnight stay in a (four) hour hotel.
Regarding the weather, the pictures speak for themselves. Only an official thunderstorm on the Reschenpass could be eaten with a pizza.
September 6, 2021
- 04:3561.3 mi13.4 mph1,575 ft1,550 ft
Since I know how beautiful the area is, I couldn't resist the temptation. This year the Velo Classico leads through the Mecklenburg Lake District and with the retro racer the landscape opens up even more intensely. Especially since this time, instead of signposting, the tour was guided in a closed association. As a result, the focus was even more on shared experiences, enjoying the food depots and the culture along the way. I got to know and marveled at a few original and impressive people and machines. It's nice that cycling is so multifaceted.
August 14, 2021
Breakfast this morning with swan company. From the reception there was a compiled breakfast basket including coffee. So the day started well. In order to stay in gravel mode, the NSG Huenxer Bachtal with a wet biotope and the Peat Venn Rohrbach were built in on the return trip. For me today it was my first time. Impressive in the sense of a lost place then the drive through a former ammunition depot with several completely dilapidated bunkers. Here you can see very well how nature is reclaiming its space. When looking at the weather radar today, I narrowed the driveway to the Hoheward dump and reached Dortmund's urban area with the first raindrops.
July 24, 2021
Norway? Sweden? One could believe the pictures and the drive through the large forest areas of the Haard and the Hohe Mark. And when the tour ends at a lake with colorful wooden houses, the illusion is almost perfect. But the campsite in the Dingdener Heide and about 90 km away from Dortmund is a nice destination for an overnighter. Unfortunately, the floating tents were already fully booked, so I had to be satisfied with my tent on the ground floor. Clear recommendation and high recreational value!
July 24, 2021