Rund Um Frankfurt 2017

Rund Um Frankfurt 2017

The race took place on a rainy day.

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My ‘big’ bicycle tour – The Complete Story

From Bad Endbach to Asolo Bicycle Solo Tour 2016                                                  May 7th to 15th – Mika Manninen

cube-mika The idea of cycling down to Italy came about back in September 2015 when it was revealed that the 2016 Giro d’ Italia, Stage 11, starting in Modena, would go through and end in Asolo (our favourite Italian town!) after 227 km. The thought of doing a long distance ride had interested me very much for a while. There are two ways to do long distance rides, either all in one day or over several days as I have seen a Strava Buddy (Harald Legner) do in the past. I guess you can call it a bit of inspiration. Continue reading

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Tour of Luxembourg 2016

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Giro d’Italia 2016

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My ‘big’ bicycle tour – Day 8

From Bad Endbach to Asolo Bicycle Solo Tour 2016                                                  May 7th to 15th

Sunday, 15th May (Day 8)

mika-o-manninen-germany-to-italy-bicycle-trip-2016-1000km-89 I started the day with a typical Italian breakfast, which I guess isn’t supposed to be for sports people. But I was so close to Asolo now, I wasn’t going to start to complain. I packed my back pack for the last time and went out to get on the bike. The weather was good and the roads were quiet. It was all a steady downhill from here, with a drop in elevation from 350 m to the lowest point of around 125m after 70km and then the final climb of 2.5km to Asolo at 200 m above sea level. Continue reading

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My ‘big’ bicycle tour – Day 7

From Bad Endbach to Asolo Bicycle Solo Tour 2016                                                  May 7th to 15th

Saturday, 14th May   (Day 7)

mika-o-manninen-germany-to-italy-bicycle-trip-2016-1000km-59 My plan wasn’t bad at all. It was a sunny morning and the roads were nearly dry. I set off at 7:40 a.m. at a height of 1600 m above sea level. I descended pretty quickly into the valley (at 1000m) and from there I would have one more incline to get over at the Campolongo Pass, at 1850m.  Continue reading

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My ‘big’ bicycle tour – Rest Day

From Bad Endbach to Asolo Bicycle Solo Tour 2016                                                  May 7th to 15th

Friday, 13th May (Rest day)

mika-o-manninen-germany-to-italy-bicycle-trip-2016-1000km-40 I had so much looked forward to a ‘small’ ride high in the mountains on my rest day, but it wasn’t to be. The weather wasn’t clearing up, but the forecast for Saturday was for a clear morning with afternoon rains. With that in mind I was planning an early start around 8 a.m. (Just to make sure I missed the rain) Continue reading

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My ‘big’ bicycle tour – Day 6

From Bad Endbach to Asolo Bicycle Solo Tour 2016                                                  May 7th to 15th

Thursday, 12th May (Day 6)

mika-o-manninen-germany-to-italy-bicycle-trip-2016-1000km-32 If I had known at breakfast time what a day I would have, I think I would have stayed in the hotel, but the weather didn’t look that bad. One hour later, after the steady climb into Brenner, I was soaked and cold. As the road flattened out and my speed picked up, it was too much for me. I started shaking and shivering. All I could do was pullover and search for shelter. It was around 2° to 5° Celsius, so I needed to get out of my wet cycling gear pretty soon. Going forward wasn’t an option any more. Preventing illness was my priority now. Continue reading

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My ‘big’ bicycle tour – Day 5

From Bad Endbach to Asolo Bicycle Solo Tour 2016                                                  May 7th to 15th

Wednesday, 11th May    (Day 5)

mika-o-manninen-germany-to-italy-bicycle-trip-2016-1000km-63 Breakfast was a lonely affair. Either I was very early or damned late! Somehow I’m not so good at navigating in the mornings, so it seems. This time a mix of signs around Schongau and urgency of heading south put me on the ‘long’ trail. There is never a ‘wrong’ trail. In Peiting the navigation fun continued, but I quickly recovered the situation. Following the signs to Garmisch-Partenkirchen was like the proverbial dangling carrot for the donkey. It also meant a lot of climbing. I was entering the Alps. I stopped for a well deserved lunch and chose Curry Wurst & Chips. Continue reading

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My ‘big’ bicycle tour – Day 4

From Bad Endbach to Asolo Bicycle Solo Tour 2016                                                  May 7th to 15th

Tuesday, 10th May   (Day 4)

mika-o-manninen-germany-to-italy-bicycle-trip-2016-1000km-42 As expected, breakfast was great and I was ready for a big day. Got out on the road and figured out pretty quickly it wasn’t going to be an easy day. The problem of finding cycle paths and cycling a steady incline for 100 km. It was an interesting day for navigating and the weather was overcast.  Continue reading

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