SC Kandel Cup

The last race for the season, perhaps. I headed out with Florian and a bunch from RIG Freiburg. The race in question was a 11 km mountain bike hill climb (approx. 11.5 km, 800 m climb). I felt a little out of place as I positioned my sturdy full-suspension bike next to a line of carbon hard-tails. The race went alright. I managed to hold the first female at bay… just… Pahhh, carbon hard tail.

After invoking the ancient art of “kaffee und kuchen” we rode back to Freiburg by the Kandel höhenweg.

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Above: After the hill climb race.

SC Kandel MTB hill climb – Time: 0:56:28 Dst: 10.62 Avg: 11.5 km/h Max: 56.93 km/h

Off to the Czech Republic for beer

I spent the long weekend with Brendanas riding bicycles. Here’s how it went.

Day 1 – Saturday 1/10/2011 – Regensburg to Waldmünchen

I got up at the happy hour of 4:45 am and headed down to the train station and caught the first train to Regensburg where I met one Brendanas Hollandas. He was, as is typical, fairly disorganised which was fantastic as it matched myself perfectly. We decided a map wouldn’t be bad and found one that covered the surroundings and a bit of the Czech Republic.

Brendan’s plan was to cycle to Pilsen in the Czech Republic to drink a beer. What? Surely the German’s can brew beer too, I hear you say… Well yes, but Pilsen is where pils beer comes from. So we set off early-ish afternoon in the warm Autumn sun. We headed up the river and weaved our way into the hills and over to Waldmünchen arriving in the evening. We stayed in a hostel and dined at the local pizzeria. I had a radler…

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Above left: Brendan clips his heffalump bag onto his bike before leaving. Above right: Shadows riding towards Waldmünchen in the late afternoon.

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Above left: Brendan and I riding as dusk fell. Above right: View from the door of the hostel in Waldmünchen.

Regensburg to Waldmünchen – Time: 3:56:56 Dst: 92.28 km Avg: 23.37 km/h Max: 73.83 km/h Avg cad: 71 rpm

 

Day 2 – Sunday 2/10/2011 – Waldmünchen to Pilsen, Czech Republic

We set off in the morning sun and reached the border about 20 minutes later. Brendan invoked the time-honoured tradition of playing the border game. The first section in Czech was all up hill but luckily that was followed by all downhill and then a couple of hours of all flat. We arrived in Pilsen and found a hostel. Then we were off to drink some beer in the warm afternoon.

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Above: Brendanas standing at the Czech border. Below: Brendanas plays a quick round of the border game.

 

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Above: Brendanas in Pilsen with his golden whatsit.

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Above: Beer being consumed by Kiwis.

Waldmünchen to Pilsen – Time: 2:53:13 Dst: 77.23 km Avg: 26.75 km/h Max: 59.64 km/h Avg cad: 73

 

Day 3 – Monday 2/10/2011 – Pilsen to Regensburg, Germany

We grabbed some goodies from a bakery for breakfast and started the ride back to Regensburg. We took a different route with somewhat less climbing this time. It was still rather nice with some very nice roads and radwegs. The last 20 km was downhill along a cycle path through forest. Very nice.

Above: Leaving the youth hostel in Pilsen.

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Above: Cris riding towards Regensburg.

Above: Cycling along a cycle way towards Regensburg.

Pilsen to Regensburg – Time: 5:59:22 Dst: 157.69 km Avg: 26.33 km/h Max: 65.19 km/h Avg cad: 74

 

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Above: A cunning little map of our route over the three days.

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Above: I stayed another day in Regensburg before heading off to a conference in Leipzig. Here’s a nice sunset I snapped while riding around on Tuesday evening.