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finish at schauinsland | Festive 500

One of my favourite, if not the most favourite spot to cycle in Freiburg is local mountain Schauinsland or Schaui as locals refer to it. It’s around 17 kilometres from the city’s centre up to the mountain’s peak at 1280 metres above sea level. Each year there’s the Schauinslandkönig, a local mountain time trial, which to many riders disappointment was cancelled in 2015. Unfortunately, the one-man army behind the organisation of this 900+ participants competition had a brutal accident a few month ahead the race and had to call it off. We hope he’s fine by now and are looking…

Vosges Mountains | Festive 500

almost there … stay on target! … almost there

„Almost there … Stay on target! … Almost there“ is one of the many Star Wars quotes we all grew up with and it’s how day 4 of my personal Festive 500 cycling adventure went. I didn’t want to ride today at all, but the beautiful weather was pulling me outside and let me forget the muscle ache that started to crawl up my legs. It took ages to fix breakfast and to get road ready and this slow pace continued during the ride. When I finally picked up my bike I realized that I had lost the small tube…

No transition, but a nice climb to Schonach

skateboarding state of mind | Festive 500

The third day of the Festive 500 was a blast! Well, most of it. I started kind of late, because I wasn’t sure where to head to and needed to figure out a route first. I wanted to do something new so I went from Freiburg up to the north-east, with “up” to be taken literally. I have to admit that I was excited and a bit anxious at the same time. A new route, but will my physical fitness and the temperature outside play along? Forecast was 14 degrees and it was even exceeded – but not where I…

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Riding like Captain Nemo

„I have broken with society entirely, for reasons which I alone have the right to assess. I, therefore, do not obey its laws, and I advise you never to allude to them before me again!” – listening to what Captain Nemo says in Jules Verne’s audio book version of his timeless masterpiece „20,000 Leagues Under The Sea“ I can’t help but remember that I’ve read the book more than three decades ago and that back then I had no idea that this hero of my childhood and captain of the Nautilus was not only a well educated and eloquent badass, but…

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Festive 500 or cycling away from Xmas

“Nothing frees my mind more than sitting on a bike” were my words, when I wrote the Festive 500 prologue, three days ago. Which may explain why I asked myself “What do I write about” when I left home on my bike on the first day of the event. What reads like a classic writer’s block was blown away a few seconds later when I took a right turn into a one-way road – from the opposite direction, which to my (ok, lame) defense is mostly cleared for cycles in this town – when I had to pull both breaks,…

2015 Festive 500

Festive 500

    “Sad”. That’s what I thought, when I hit the “join”-Button at Strava’s “Challenges”-section. Sad, because I thought no one will do anything else but celebrate Xmas with their folks within the week of Rapha’s annual “Festive 500”. But by the time I’m typing this over 50k riders worldwide have already subscribed to it, including the few of my own Strava connections. What motivates them to get on their bike? Daily and against most of their usual habits of once-a-week cycling? And in Winter (or what’s left of it)? Pushing self-pity away I wonder even more what clears them to leave…

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it was cold again, really cold…

i dont know guys ( and gals ) but really this last weekend was cold and not fun, well not really. when the group called for an easy ride into the woods outside of berlin i did comply. well i did the thing that rode me out 20 km into the meeting point and was already beyond freezing, beyond. then we started to ride into the woods, not warm. well it was not easy to keep up with the “slow” part of the group as i had not planned to try to get mach2 through the forrest. well long story…

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this will keep me warm !

so winter is here, although i cannot really feel him, the gripping cold and all that, but just in case i got me some winter gear. and here it is something that makes me realize that i am indeed to big for this kind of sport, as rapha sends out a winter softshell jacket in XXL and it still looks like someone painted it on me. well, the trouser i got is a wee bit smaller and only XL so i just look like, what my girlfriend calls it sausagegear, well like a giant sausage on wheels. this said, its…