🚲 Hallo ...Ich bin sportbegeistert und liebe das Radfahren ... vor allem Rennrad- und Gravelfahren. Meine üblichen Ausfahrten finden im Rheinland 🇩🇪 statt. Ich stelle meine Touren und Highlights ein, die ich fahrenswert finde. Ebenso Besonderes aus dem Urlaub. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf sportlichem Rennrad-Fahrvergnügen.Ich hoffe, meine Tourentipps hier auf Komoot helfen weiter und ich freue mich, wenn jemand hier Ideen für neue Touren finden kann. Viel Spaß beim Fahren und Gegend genießen … Wer sich noch auskennt, ist nicht weit genug gefahren!Coco.
... and therefore just a short hello to the Komoot group.
Nice little gravel lap that still fit into a full day. As always nice at home, you can do it like that 😀.After I tried to regenerate correctly during the last week and after training, I have to say: Does sport quite well in terms of the endurance component. But it also gave me a bit of back pain due to too little exercise (despite hiking and weight training), and somehow it's not fun. The end of the story: fed up and off on the bike, albeit leisurely. After a good hour on the gravel bike, everything was fine again. Obviously, you can't ride too much, just too little 🤣
about 7 hours ago
Today, for a change, another lap.
This beautiful round has a bit of everything:
- Wide view of the fields in the recultivated Frechen opencast mine 🌾
- An idyllic piece of meadow path along the small Erft, at the Erft aqueduct you can even see fish again 🐟
- the colorful autumn leaves in the beautiful Broichwald and Parrig forests 🍂.
- and at the end a little bit of town.
(Small) town, country, river, you could say 😄
Gravel paths, meadow, forest path and asphalt, there is something of everything and everything is nice to walk.And otherwise ... it's good to slow down a bit. I can tell that the sports year was long and extensive. Even if there are no regenerative runs 😉, the slower pace allows you to actively recover.Have a good start to the week and stay healthy 🍀
6 days ago
After yesterday the landscape was a bit muddy, I went back to the beloved Eifel today. What can I say, the Eifel is loyal 😃 Simply beautiful again and again!I can only recommend this lap to every racing cyclist. Above all, it is absolutely worthwhile to leave the flat Börde and at least take the first foothills of the Eifel with you. The view of the area is just too beautiful and worth seeing in every season 🤩! I think you have to go on vacation quite a long way away to see such a beautiful landscape.
Specifically for tour planning, this means: At Embken, take the first ascent up Breidel, continue through Berg (No. 1) and across Kirchstrasse and its extension to after Hergarten. There then turn into the long and promising descent over the village of Berg (No. 2) to the Achemer Mühle. It goes on to behind Juntersdorf on beautiful little streets. You almost come out again at Embken, where the detour to the first (smaller) Eifel climbs started.Otherwise today:
- decent headwind on the way there.
- not too many photos, just drive. Otherwise it repeats itself ...
- Accidentally met a cycling colleague who runs the informative website radsporttouren.de. Perhaps this is also an interesting page for one or the other here (I hope he is okay with the advertising drum 😉). How funny that people from the internet actually exist 🤣
October 19, 2020
So far, my racing bike tours towards the "north" have always been a bit difficult.
Today I made a new attempt and it turned out to be a reasonably smart lap. Although I would describe the scenic charm as "very bitter" 🤣
Well, there was also a lack of gracious sunshine today. Autumnal dull, the fields all harvested and pots-pounding land, that wasn't exactly a ride for the soul.
Nevertheless, it was interesting to see the four large brown coal power plants (Frimmerdorf II, the two Neuraths and Niederaussem) all close up. At the two opencast mines Hambach and Garzweiler I drove right next to them, but didn't stop here for photos because I already know all of them.An unplanned section of the tour was the avoidance through the whole of Elsdorf, because unfortunately the anti-open pit dust irrigation was switched on on the northern edge of the road and I didn't want to mess my jacket.
It would have been a little smoother with the entire north edge road. The route between Niederembt and Frimmersdorf was very nice to drive, even after Frimmersdorf to Büsdorf I thought it was good to drive.The result is an informative tour. Not really something for the "must-ride list", but an interesting and solid road bike tour through the Rhenish lignite district.
And next for me it can be the Eifel again 😏
October 18, 2020
... in the recultivated Frechen opencast mine.This lap leads to a couple of my favorite corners:
- past the American oaks below the "Sonnenhof" riding stables, which are already getting beautiful autumn leaves
- to the memorial plaque for the Bottenbroich monastery with sundial
- on the Pope's hill in Marienfeld, where the World Youth Day 2005 took place
- and past the Boisdorfer See.The paths are mostly made of solid gravel, a piece of asphalt and a short trail are also included.
(Currently the gravel paths are really very hard or stuck due to the many harvesting vehicles, so it's best to walk here with normal, cushioned road running shoes. I advise against hard trail shoes or even barefoot shoes).A nice run in every season.
October 17, 2020
Nice little round in the evening, on great roads and farm roads in the Börde to be driven with the racing bike. I've driven it all x times, still and always beautiful.It was really windy today, and with a refreshing 7 degrees, I put on my shoe caps on the way. It has definitely become autumn, I'm looking forward to the colorful foliage.
October 13, 2020
- 01:5422.9 mi12.1 mph725 ft425 ft
This bike tour follows the "Eifel route" of the former railway line, with the destination "Arloff". The starting point of the bike tour, like the Eifel route at the time, is at the Gleisdreieck Mülheim - Wichterich.First of all, I have to say that the course of the Eifel route was by far the most difficult to research. Only old measuring table sheets help here.
Following the route on site was not so easy either, the old route is often built over today or current dirt roads and roads run completely across it. Therefore I added a couple of map screenshots with the course of the route drawn in GREEN by hand. The alternative route I chose is always nice, but sometimes quite bumpy ...
In addition, there were two routes through Zülpich: the first went through Zülpich (via today's train station - Römeralle - Hoven), the second, from around 1911, drove south around Zülpich. There is also an overview screenshot for this. I drove the first variant because Zülpich is also pretty ...
So everything is a bit complicated. Despite extensive research beforehand, I was puzzled on the way about what you can see on one or the other loop in the route recording 😉The old train station is still standing in Oberelvenich, while unfortunately it has been demolished in Nemmenich-Lüssem. Nothing of the EKB can be seen through Zülpich either.
Sinzenich is a real EKB highlight: With a train station, official sign 😃 and old bridges on the former railway line.
Between Sinzenich and Kommern, the railway ran exactly next to today's federal road. Directly at Schwerfen it wasn't that great for cycling, so I drove through the town.
The area between Firmenich and Satzvey is well worth seeing, here you can still see some of the former embankment and, above all, actually a piece of track (crossing of the so-called Panzerstraße)!
Finally, at the end of the Eifel line, there is still the former station building in Arloff. When I finally got there, a train was just leaving - a perfect end to my bike tour to the Euskirchener Kreisbahn 🤩For more information, see the captions of my photos.
October 12, 2020
- 00:418.25 mi12.2 mph200 ft100 ft
This bike tour follows the "first route" of the former railway line, with the destination "Euskirchen sugar factory". The starting point of the bike tour, like the Erft route back then, is at the Gleisdreieck Mülheim - Wichterich.In Wichterich there are still some buildings from the time of the EKB: the old train station, the car workshop, the bridge over the Rotbach and a bridge over the Bleibach.The route continues along the route to Frauenberg, where the old train station is still standing.Then the train followed today's main road to Euskirchen. Due to the Euskirchen / A1 motorway junction, you can unfortunately no longer follow this once straight course on paths today ...
Instead I decided on a scenic alternative route, you can see the original route in the map screenshot, drawn in GREEN by hand.
At the cemetery at the entrance to Euskirchen you are back on the old route.Most of the time, a cycle and footpath was laid through Euskirchen on the old railway line. Finally, along Emil-Fischer-Strasse, you get to the sugar factory, which is still in operation today.
First goal achieved, I would say 😃Even today I unfortunately did not find any official reference to the train (a sign for example) 😕 Only one or the other street name reveals the history, for example the cycle path through Euskirchen is called "An der Flutsch".For more information, see the captions of my photos.
October 6, 2020
- 00:5912.5 mi12.8 mph225 ft175 ft
For the background to this bike ride see the description of my collection "Gravel: Former small railways in the Rhineland" - Thank you 😉The Euskirchener Kreisbahn (EKB) was one of the oldest narrow-gauge railways in the Rhineland. It was in operation from 1894 to 1965 and opened up the rural area between Erft and Eifel.
With the help of the EKB, the villages were connected to the district town of Euskirchen. But even more important was the connection of the farmers to the sugar factories and the supply of the many industrial companies with lignite from the mines of the Ville.
After the Second World War, the importance of the EKB fell sharply due to increasing road traffic, and operations were discontinued.The route led from Liblar via Erp to the village of Mülheim / Wichterich. This is where the route split up: the shorter "Erft route" led on a relatively direct route to the Euskirchen sugar factory, while the longer "Eifel route" took a wide arc via Zülpich and Satzvey to Arloff.
Traces of this Rhenish industrial history are still abundant today.
Incidentally, the railway was popularly called "De Flutsch" or "dat Knollenbähnchen".For my research I used the book "Die Euskirchener Kreisbahnen" by Henning Wall.Note: My outward journey from Kerpen to the starting point in Liblar, as well as my journey home from Mülheim-Wichterich, I cut off completely here in Komoot. Otherwise the representation of the railway line is too confusing, and it should only be about the railway 😉
But I didn't do short-distance cyclists, don't worry 😄
October 5, 2020
Today a short gravel bike tour in a direction rather rare for my bike tours, to the nearby city with K, to the Cologne green belt. The weather conditions with very dark clouds gave me no other choice 😄The rather coincidental route through Königsdorf and Lövenich was now not so great (jittery, having to stop too much, typical bacon belt traffic aka lowered Porsche's that rely on traffic calming 🤣).On the other hand, once you get there, it is surprisingly beautiful in Cologne's green belt. A large park-like forest, again and again open areas with meadows and ponds. There was even a flock of sheep there.Then back from the Decksteiner Weiher via Stotzheim, Gleuel, Bachem and Habbelrath, which drove very smoothly and was usually quite nice.Weird tour that was nice in large parts. I will definitely take the Cologne area even further under the wheels.
September 30, 2020