An Alter Ego With A Twist

Berchtesgaden, Grossglockner Revisited

Grossglockner LogoFrom June 16 to 23, we spent a week near the German – Austrian border, where I cycled a bit in the Berchtesgadener and Salzburger mountains.

While the trip was originally intended as a revisit to the Berchtesgaden area, I came across the Look Marmotte Hochkönig, which was starting in Mühlbach am Hochkönig, basically around the corner from there.

And when I studied the route for that event, I realized that we would pass through Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse at the base of the climb up the Hochalpenstrasse by that name.

A climb I had done in 2009 and which I’d always wanted to revisit as well – I could tell I was in for a busy week.

You can read my report on the Marmotte here – this post is about the rest of the week…

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2017-07-20T07:37:57+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Categories: Other Cycling Trips|Tags: , , , , |

Wrapping up the Marmotte

Look Marmotte HochkonigFrom June 16 to 23, we spent a week near the German – Austrian border, where I cycled a bit in the Berchtesgadener and Salzburger mountains.

While the trip was originally intended as a revisit to the Berchtesgaden area, I came across the Look Marmotte Hochkönig, which was starting in Mühlbach am Hochkönig, basically around the corner from there.

And when I studied the route for that event, I realized that we would pass through Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse at the base of the climb up the Hochalpenstrasse by that name.

A climb I had done in 2009 and which I’d always wanted to revisit as well – I could tell I was in for a busy week.

But first, here’s my report on the Marmotte…

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2017-07-20T07:38:30+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Categories: Other Cycling Trips|Tags: , |

Oh Look – a Marmotte

Look Marmotte HochkonigTapering has begun for the Look Marmotte Hochkönig – this Saturday, the gold rush will start and end in Mühlbach am Hochkönig.

Well, officially it will end at the Arthurhaus, at the end of a steep climb out of the village, also known as the Mandlwandstrasse.

As is the case with the ‘original’ Marmotte in the French Alps, a good deal of the elevation gain for the ride is at the beginning and at the end of the ride.

Right from the start, it’s up the Dientner Sattel, which means there is no ‘easy warming up’ into this ride. The Dientner Sattel is just over 6 kilometers of climbing out of Muhlbach, with some 500 meters of elevation difference.

However, the grades hardly get below 10% and frequently touch 15%…

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2017-07-20T07:38:30+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Categories: Other Cycling Trips|Tags: , |

Sensa Trentino CXD – First Impressions

Sensa Trentino CXD

My Sensa Giulia G2 has evolved in such a way, that it is actually no longer suited for long rides in the mountains, as I have fitted it with a 3T Vola cockpit to make it look like a TT-bike.

It’s fine for the short bursts uphill in the south of my country or the neighboring Ardennes and Eifel, but when I visited the Vosges last September, I didn’t feel very comfortable during the long climbs and descends there.

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2017-07-20T07:38:31+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: Other Random Crap|Tags: , |

Tour de France 2017

Tour de France logo smallIn September this year, I will pay another visit to the French Alps for my very own Tour de France 2017.

Other than during my previous Tour in 2014, when we switched locations four times, I have picked a single location for our base camp this year: Briançon.

Like Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Jausiers in 2014, the city of Briançon is strategically located at the base of several mountain passes…

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2017-07-20T07:38:31+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: Tour de France 2017|Tags: , |
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