Schlagwort-Archive: Berge

Eine kurze Geschichte der Steigungen

Ich war einmal ein regelmässiger Leser von „Fat Cyclist“, finde den Ethusiasmus des Autors (Elden) immer noch gut, den Inhalt aber stark nachlassend. Aber es gibt klassische Artikel von Fat Cyclist, vor allem den über die Assos Creme, die sind einfach so gut geschrieben, dass ich weinen könnte:

The wit and wisdom od Dr. Michael Lämmer.

Ab und zu gibt es aber doch  ein paar sehr nett Posts dort und einer über Steigungen hat mich inspiriert meine Erfahrungen damit kurz niederzuschreiben. Also was emfinde ich bei Steigungen einer bestimmten Prozentklasse und was sind typische Beispiele dafür?

1 – 2 % Steigung: Sandberg, Worpswede

Eigentlich ist alles in Bremen 1 -2 % Steigung, es sei denn es ist flach, was wohl noch häufiger der Fall ist. Man wird irgendwie langsamer und weiß nicht warum. Ist nervig.

4 – 5 % Steigung: Ritterhude nach Osterholz – Charme-weg

Man kann sich so richtig reinhängen und merkt, dass man sich in Richtung oben bewegt. Ganz Mutige gehen dann auch schon einmal aus dem Sattel. Das ist prima, wenn das alles nicht allzulange dauert, aber über längere Entfernungen setzt man sich doch besser wieder hin und läßt das ganze ein wenig ruhiger angehen.

6 – 8 % Steigung: Otarumi Toge, kurz vor der Brücke von Takao aus.

Diese Art von Steigung gibt es in Bremen nicht. Meistens kommt so etwas ja nach 4 – 5%, aber wenn so etwas unvermittelt anfängt dann ist das großartig. Es sollte abe rauch möglichst schnell wieder unvermittelt aufhören. Ist so das letzte an Steigung was ich gerne fahre.

9 – 10% Steigung: Brocken hoch das letzte Stück

Hier kämpfen auch schon Fußgänger und geraten außer Atem. Macht keinen Spaß.

12 – 14% Steigung: Wada Toge

Macht nun überhaupt keinen Spaß mehr. Wada Toge hochzufahren hat nie wirklich Spaß gemacht, das ist einfach nur saumäßig anstrengend und wenn man alle Kurven und Abstände kennt, kann man sich irgendwie daran gewöhnen. Aber Spaß? Nein, Spaß ist eine Playstation Drei.

15% und mehr: Mortirolo, Hantenjoch, Nennogon und ähnliche Klippen

Echte Gründe zum absteigen. Die Geschwindigkeit ist nur noch einstellig, wenn überhaupt. Macht nun wirklich und echt gar keinen Spaß mehr.

Wirklich, ich vermisse das Bergfahren trotz allem.

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Climbing the Stelvio Pass

Today was the hardest day so far. We started in Naturn at elv. 540m and climbed up to the Stelvio Pass at 2750m. And that was only less than 2/3 of the climbing to be done. Great views but confused mind. Hot all the time.

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View from the approach to the Stelvio at elv. 2450m

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Evening stroll in Imst

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15 minutes before the start

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Cyrogenic 102

After watching my daughter taking second place in the cup of the federal state of Bremen figure skating competition on Saturday I was motivated enough to focus on my own „sport career“ and venture out into the flatlands of Bremen and Lower Saxony on Sunday.


David was so kind to remind me of Toms wonder weapon (V3 Vlamse Vielrennner Dre) against cold feet, the self heating patch from Japan. Actually we have quite a supply at home, even the shoe specific type, but I was just to stupid to ask my wife so far.
So I left at 1 AM on my Cervelo when temperatures reached – 2 degrees, the highlight of the day. The skies were blue and I enjoyed a nice tailwind riding out along the river Wuemme. My orange Assos jacket offered me good protection against the elements, but my feet got cold as usual. I continued along the river until Lessum where I made a right turn in direction Ritterhude. This is the only road I know that offers some degree of climbing training: First 20 meters up, mainly on cobblestones in the old part of the village and later two times 20 m up, but unfortunately on a congested road leading through industrial wasteland. 


I rode further to Osterholz-Scharmbek and made a right turn in direction SOS landscape and Worpswede. And now I ran fully into a very strong headwind, almost similar to what we have seen here lately. Yes, to have a very light bike can have its own disadvantages.


I arrived at Worspwede back on the usual road and continued in direction Quelkorn and Fischerhude. Riding fully against the wind, my speed dropped to 22 or 23 km/hr. Not only that, but I the wind also contributed in getting my feet and hands very cold. I took a 5 minute break to eat a banana and could hardly use my hands to peel it.


But when I made the turn at Fischerhude and ran North again I enjoyed a tailwind and could easily ride at 35 km/hr without making too much effort. After 83 km distance I was back at the river Wuemme so I decided to go 5 km further North, ride back the same distance and then take the usual 7 km ride home, to make it a full hundred. The first time this year and it is already February.


Before riding home I made a small detour and rode over a pedestrian bridge that crosses a semi-highway close to our house. I like this bridge. It’s a little bit tricky to ride up and it offers perhaps 5 m of elevation training. I never cross the street here at street level, I always ride up and down the bridge. With the Cervelo it is easy to do in the big ring (compact) with the biggest cog in the rear. With the Gazelle I have to choose the small ring plus the biggest cog and even then it is hard work.


I was home after 4:10 hrs and covered 102 km, taking less than 10 minutes of break. It was a good training, but it wasn’t any fun at all. I could barely insert the key in the lock and turn it – my hands were ice.

Of course this is nothing against the pain that Azizulhasni Awang experienced when he crashed on the wooden track in Manchester during a world cup track meeting on Saturday.
The obvious thing to do after such crash is, obviously, to HTFU, get on your feet, on your bike and cross the finish line to win the event. As shown on You Tube.

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Der hohe Berg (high mountain)

The only way to add significant elevation meters in and round Bremen is, when you accidentally ride over a cow. So naturally I was very curious, when a fellow professor (sic!) told me that close to his home town called „Syke“ a substantial bump in the landscape would perhaps provide the ideal training ground for Transalp 2011.


Well of course I was not expecting something of the degree of Odarumi Toge, but I thought that at least some slopes would be present. Another cold winter day in Bremen with temperatures hovering around freezing point was awaiting me outside. I fixed some of the bikes in the morning and got the Cervelo ready for the first time this year. So far I have used only the Gazelle (Rain), Bad boy (Snow) and the Peugeot (to show-off). But today the roads were at least dry, so I pumped up the tires of the Cervelo for the 2011 virginal ride.


I hate cold feet. So I wore some light summer racing socks, over which I put some thick woolen socks. On the outside of the cycling shoes I wore the Assos show covers plus an additional rain/windproof shoe cover. No chance, 30 minutes on the road and my feet were cold as liquid nitrogen.


By the way: Assos. I bought an extremely nice Assos Air Jack 851 limited edition, yes, you guessed correctly, in orange. I even own the matching head gear. I am not a big fan of Assos, but nevertheless some of their products are very good I believe (air jack 851, shoecovers, early winter gloves, robocap….) But they are also very pricey. When Assos pops up in my mind the next thought is always „Rapha“. I don’t even own one piece from Rapha – not that I don’t like their stuff. I think they did a lot good for design in clothing and advertising.


Assos designers have difficulties to design decent zippers with functional sliders. The old shoecovers I owned had a metal slider attachment in the shape of the Assos „A“. Depending on the design and the matching of sizes between the shoes and the shoe covers, to put them on can be a real hassle. It was almost impossible to close the zipper without bloody fingers, as he slider attachment was really hard to grap. After a while they broke off as there are to brittle. Really a poor job, given the fact that otherwise the shoecovers are a) warm and b) very expensive.


I have wore the air jack perhaps 4 or 5 times and then the slider was also broken. Send it back to the seller last week. Will get a brandnew jacket next week – I hope it will hold.
Saturday Update: Got it back just new. A beautiful new jacket. Some type of slider though. Claim processing in Germany is really wonderful. However I wish they would do it right the first time.

Perhaps I could wear my bib shorts over the base layer, extend it towards my neck and fix them there with some safety pins as Carol Ally is showing here.


I left a 1 PM ..wow. the Cervelo felt so great, after riding all this old bikes for the last months. The Cervelo was like a … rocket .. a spaceship …. stellar performance. But as I said, it was cold and the wind was very strong. I rode out of town, then along the river Weser on the West side in direction South. Normally I stay on the East side of the river, very rarely I venture out to the West. Dreye, Kirchwehye, Barrien… I mention these names because perhaps Ludwig got a paramedical training in one or the other village. Cold, windy, cloudy, not too much green, long straight roads, no fun.


Finally I made it into Syke, and yes, there were some hills there. I enjoyed the climbs, although no one got me more than perhaps 15 m elevation difference. And even that is probably grossly overstated. It took a while before I found the road to „der hohe Berg“ but I couldn’t see any rise in elevation. The road was flat as…. as….as any and all roads here are flat in the area.


The I noted that the street on the right side was named „der hohe Berg“ so I made a right turn and followed the road to its end. And there it was the high hill: A whopping 3 meters above average surface level that warranted the construction of an observation tower.



Total elevation above seas level: 63 meter. If you climb the tower, about 20% more.
But be careful, the tower may swing which is , as a warning notice explains, „due to nature“. I personally feel that it is more likely due to „poor engineering“ or „poor construction execution“ or perhaps to the laws of physic. Only after that, one may be allowed to blame nature.



OK, my feet weren’t getting any warmer so I rode home and fiddled around with the Faggin frame. If this bike will ever get ready, it will become a very interesting one. My goal is to built a very light bike for Bremen, actually the lightest bike I ever had – without me. Meaning? Well I am a little bit tired of this theoretical discussions about weights of bikes; like 41 cm frame size as representative. And I never understood why bike weights are always measured without pedals? You need pedals to ride a bike, right? Just as you need a handle bar or wheels. And when you ride out you need a water bottle, a repair kit, a pump, some lights and and and….. So let’s define this as the bike riding weight: Get naked on the scale, then dress up, make yourself ready for the ride and get back on the scale with the bike in your hands. How much is the difference?


Of course I will use some small cheats. For example I will not mount a front derailleur. I have one, but why should I mount it? I never ever used a front derailleur in Bremen. Unless I accidentally ride over cows, of course.

Well, the next months I have to train hard, so that in June David, Juliane and David again don’t have to wait for hours on top of every fricking pass in the alps. Why did I come to this conclusion? Because recently I had an interesting telephone conversation with Hiroshi. He said, that David is training hard and shed a lot of weight, so he became really fast and has tons of stamina. Enough for every single pass in the alps. I, on the other hand was assuming that I was the faster rider per se (although, I have to admit, I have been faster only for a very short period in time: in 2008 my goal for Fuji hill climb was to „tonikaku“ beat David regardless of the result). So my training for Transalp consisted of eating chocolate bars and doing long hours in the university until I finally reach the performance level of David. I wasn’t aware of the very unfortunate fact that his performance level line over time was moving in the opposite direction. Some month ago our lines crossed (so that would have been the perfect week to tackle the Transalp) and now there is a considerable difference to my disadvantage. Shit, I have to buy another bike to compensate.

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