- Kathi Sigmund
Orbit # 8 ✅
As a grand finale, I saved the circumnavigation of the Mecklenburg Lake District. Short haul, so to speak 😅. I was not disappointed: beautiful bank trails through the forest, always a fresh breeze, a slightly undulating profile and a good portion of sand make this orbit very varied. An excellent bicycle infrastructure ensured on the one hand a good supply of water and food - but also for numerous e-bike tourists. So the gravel game was accompanied by the challenge of gently avoiding these people in a kind of slalom manner. The latter and the refreshing north-westerly wind (5-6bft) lowered the cut significantly in the last third, plus a wasp sting in the temple under the helmet strap 4km before the end 🙄. But all in all, I'm super satisfied. Currently, my finisher times are even enough for an 8th place in the Open ranking 🙌
July 18, 2021
- Kathi Sigmund
Deister diploma 🤞 what a disrespectful idea ...On the spur of the moment and with little sleep, as so often, this describes my orbit preparation 😅 the day before at around 5 p.m. I knew that the Deister Delta would be conquered. A look at the weather confirmed my decision: now or never! With Marion's encouraging words in my ear, I couldn't get rid of the admittedly - rather disrespectful - idea of trying the hardest orbit of all things.The distance:
I studied in Hanover, and that's where my passion for cycling began. Somehow that made the Deister orbit seem likable to me. And yes, the route is a dream! Dan and Ingo really scouted 98% car-free premium forest trails with almost pothole-free gravel. If only I hadn't been forced to dismount about 5-6 times by these burdensome angles of inclination beyond 15% 🙈
Schlaufuchs moved the starting point to Rodenberg so that I could conquer the "asshole ascent" aka Rodenberger Höhe right at the beginning. Two more, I'll say critical, but just manageable climbs would otherwise have killed me at the end of the route, I think. So it was easier for me to crank up the last almost 400 meters of altitude for the last 30km after Bückeburg. What also speaks for Rodenberg as a starting point is the said water point in the cemetery after 109km (instead of 88km) of driving distance, so that I could drive to the finish with only one stop (with 4.5 l of liquid). Since it was actually going uphill and downhill at a rapid pace, the catering during the trip was a great challenge.
There were hardly any technical passages, only the NATO trail and a 1.5 km long passage approx. 12 km before Rodenberg.The weather:
I was lucky in that it was mostly cloudy and pleasant temperatures and even a shower or two from above made the conquering of the Deister bearable. Unfortunately, the wetness also made for slippery conditions. There were paved forest runs with a dangerous decoration of moss or "forest mud" on their surface. In the heat I would have had to break off this orbit, I'm sure. Light on the bike shouldn't be missing! I didn't really take a break, but you can quickly get into the dark when breaks (voluntary or involuntary) are added. For the nerds among you: 1:31 pm was the net driving time, so my average was 14.7. Without an auto pause, Komoot doesn't seem to spit out these values, Strava does.Material:
I don't have a gravel bike, I ride all Orbits with a Ridley Crosser (X-Night) and 33 Schwalbe X-One Speed. The ratio of 38/33, i.e. 1.15, is certainly not ideal for this orbit, but that's what I have 🤷Conclusion:
That was actually 2 orbits. The altitude meters alone ensure a correspondingly time-consuming orbit experience. This wonderful route could have been split up into two equally wonderful orbits that you - and especially women - can then enjoy.
July 13, 2021
- Kathi Sigmund
Breathtaking! The trip to Dresden was worth it: my first encounter with a wild wolf 🐺 was completely unexpected. In my mind, I was just looking for a suitable position for my next biopause. The shock ran deep! Sure, you should have expected that, but for the remaining kilometers the mental cinema of "what if ..." was in full swing. The wolf had obviously already had breakfast, at least he only looked at me briefly, then turned away, ran ahead of me for a while and then disappeared into the forest. It was also the only one (that I saw).
About the route: I've never pushed or carried my bike so much, almost 3km. I didn't even have to go uphill in the Harz Mountains. Here three times in addition to the Keulenberg - that was clear. The fantastic landscape doesn't help either, it's just frustrating. 90% of my "downtime" can be traced back to these hike-a-bike segments, because in fact I didn't take any real breaks, only fill up bottles once, 3 bio breaks and traffic lights or crossings.
July 6, 2021
- Kathi Sigmund
Ouch. That hurt.
The tour of the three "H": vertical meters, heat, resin. I started in Bad Lauterberg to treat myself to the 700 meters of altitude of the entire Bremen orbit "Space Swamp" over the first 40 kilometers. Somehow it was so hot by then that I had to lock my display because the sweat was pouring down my body. That also had something good: I actually only had to pee once today. Drank another coke at the start and packed with 4.5 liters of liquid I got there exactly. The tour has everything that the Harz has to offer. Luckily a lot of shade too. The biggest problem was actually those annoying flies and horseflies, which dangled in front of my face like a mobile phone (a frog would have been happy). As soon as the speed fell below 12 km / h, I was attacked and stung by the beasts despite the anti-hum.
June 28, 2021
- Kathi Sigmund
There is still something going on - that was clear. On the first try I ended up with two plates, a loosened bottle holder, "stick layers", intrusive security personnel, a Garmin crash and a few other little things. Fortunately, the muddy passages were now a little easier to ride and the knowledge of the route ensured even more flow. Greetings go out to the nice orbiter that I was allowed to overtake on the disaster trail 🤞😚. A pleasant 20 degrees and hardly any wind made the day perfect. Today everything was just right.
June 24, 2021