I am an ex-London cyclist and now a Göttingen rider – I have a fondness for cyclo cross and gravel cycling. This webpage is about my German gravel, naturweg, Panzer Weg and road rides.
This will be a narrative of sorts regarding my cycle life in my newly adopted home country although I will not post all rides. Items noted as ‘Feature Post’ have more to them and ramble on about history or some such thing.
I would love to hear from you and if you don’t mind helping me with my German we might go out for a ride.
I sat on a bench at Kerstlingeröderfeld and thought….
Peace Dividend Fahrradtour – Zieten Barracks – Kerstlingeröderfeld.
Road Race Gravel & Pave Video/Results 2019.
My mantra is be more ‘Roubaixesque’.
All Gravel content/inhalt.
Another Country – March 28 2020 Road Ride
Quiet roads, very few cars and lots of people including children enjoying the fine weather. I must be in another country, wait, I am!… More words and pictures.
Scouting All Along the Watchtower Final (10) – March 25 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
A final scouting ride for the All Along the Watchtower ride (number 10)… More words and pictures.
Two Warte Ride – March 19 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
From kilometre 15 to 24 I rode a section of my All Along the Watchtower gravel ride… More words and pictures.
A Leopard Bath – March 18 2018 Gravel Ride
When we first moved from London to Göttingen our first rides were at Kerstlingeröderfeld, a large area now handed back to nature where clues to its previous role as a Panzer range remain… More words and pictures.
Panzers in the Forest – March 14 2020 Hike
There are traces of where once Tigers, Chieftains and Leopards roamed and the biggest structures are huge concrete shooting galleries… More words and pictures.
Almost Bianche – March 12 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
Today, and after a torrent in the morning the sun shone and made the trails look almost bianche as they dried… More words and pictures.
On the Black Stuff – March 8 2020 Road Ride
A day away from the mud and rain, this ride was 50km of riding the ´black stuff… More words and pictures.
Strade Bianche de Gutingi – Gravel/Road Route
Schieß´ die Augen und stell Dir vor, Du seist in der Toskana, und mach´ sie erst am Ende der Radtour wieder auf… More words and pictures.
Updated March 5, 2020.
Gutingi Strade Bianche 66km (long version) – March 3 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
An extra section at Friedland adds more gravel sectors and a glorious tarmac, steady climb through Ludolfhausen… More words and pictures.
Scouting All Along the Watchtower 6 – March 1 2020 Gravel Hike
I found another warte, this being the Wartbergswarte or Zingel der Warte… More words and pictures.
Scouting All Along the Watchtower 5 – February 29, 2020 Gravel/Road Tour
The proposed All Along the Watchtower gravel ride has taken yet another new turn with the possible introduction of the Rosdorf Warte… More words and pictures.
Buying Cat Food Part 4 – February 28 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
We turned once more a trip to buy cat food into a mini adventure… More words and pictures.
Rag Collector Beech – February 18 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
OK, so how do places get named? This crossed our minds when we got to the Lumpensammler Buche… More words and pictures.
Scouting All Along the Watchtower 4 – February 17 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
I finally rode the long haul up to the Gleichen Hills… More words and pictures.
Scouting All Along the Watchtower 3 – February 15 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
The Roringen Warte looks over the road into Göttingen from the Harz Mountains… More words and pictures.
Laughing with Horses – February 8 2020 Gravel/Road Fahrt
Many horses seemed to be laughing with us and not at us as we respectfully passed them by… More words and pictures.
Shake a stick – February 6 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
The old internal border is now marked by a line of trees with all the totalitarian infrastructure removed… More words and pictures.
Scouting All Along the Watchtowers 2 – February 4 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
Until recently this was a place where Chieftain, Tigers and Leopards roamed… More words and pictures.
Scouting All Along the Watchtowers 1 – January 29 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
Scouting ´All Along the Watchtowers´ an idea for a gravel burgen (castle) ride… More words and pictures.
Yes Renee, your tyres did make your bike look fat – January 25 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
We talked about the cold and fat tyres… More words and pictures.
Under a Tuscan Sky (not) – January 18 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
It was great to meet Gunnar, David and Josh at the velodrome to ride the Gö Strade Bianche… More words and pictures.
Burned to the ground 1618 – 1648 – January 16, 2020 Road Ride
A road cycle ride south of Göttingen took us through an area that had born witness to the ravages of one of Europe’s most savage wars… More words and pictures.
Hello Darkness… – January 14 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
Today I was riding in Bible Black for the first time in many years… More words and pictures.
Sorry Bike! – January 5 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
…for putting you through the mire… More words and pictures.
A Ride on the Darkside – January 3 2020 Gravel/Road Ride
I have finally embraced the dark side, out have gone my skinny cyclo cross tyres… More words and pictures.
Bye 2019 – December 30 2019 Road/Gravel Ride
My last ride of the year was dictated by only a short period of time being available to me I went looking for more gravel sections for Gö Strade Bianche… More words and pictures.
Love Bikes – December 27 2019 CX Ride
It is said that Jerome Bonaparte would meet his lovers in the pavilion and it was here I met Craig to embrace our shared love of pedalling bikes… More words and pictures.
Last of Autumn – December 20 2019 Gravel/Road Ride
The shortest day and longest night will be soon behind us… More words and pictures.
New and Dirty – December 18 2019 Gravel/Road Ride
It didn´t take long for the Love of Mud to draw us onto the wet stuff and we hit what in summer is a section of gravel that is brilliant white but is now brown in winter… More words and pictures.
For the Love of Mud, in moderation – December 15 2019 Gravel/Road Ride
Although I love the challenge of riding in mud, I don´t love it enough to force me to walk… More words and pictures.
Best laid plans – December 10 2019 Road/Gravel Ride
A wee bit more reconnaissance for Gö Strade Bianche and of course to simply enjoy pedalling in bright weather… More words and pictures.
Gö Strade Bianche aufklärung 1 – December 3 2019 Road/Gravel Ride
After a week off the bike because of a cold it was great to be back on the road, well, on and off road… More words and pictures.
Not Roses of Picardy – November 23 2019 Road Ride
The public roads and landscape along the Leine Valley near Gö remind me of Picardy and Northern France… More words and pictures.
In my head are dreams – November 21 2019 Road/Gravel Ride
At Paris Roubaix it is at Troisvilles when they come off the tarmac and hit the first section of cobbles and at the Strade Bianche the first gravel is at Vidritta (at 17km). I was in both places in my head… More words and pictures.
Lost Villages – November 20 2019 Gravel Ride
Almost every area will have something that has been abandoned with some long since forgotten… More words and pictures.
Haunted by Varus – November 17 2019 Gravel/CX Ride
All German Forests seem haunted by the lost legions of Varus… More words and pictures.
Train Spotting (choose cycling) – November 16 2019 Road Ride
We criss-crossed both the railway and the motorway a number of times on this road ride out to Friedland after pushing into a tough wind… More words and pictures.
Hunting trails – November 9 2019 Road/Gravel Ride
I channelled my inner Annemiek Van Vleuten and Julian Alaphilippe on this ride with its mix of gravel, farm, forest and tarmac roads… More words and pictures.
Freddie Frinton – November 3 2019 Road/Gravel Ride
To paraphrase the English comic actor who is probably better known in Germany than his home country my ride today was almost ´same procedure as last time´… More words and pictures.
Buying cat food part 2 – October 30 2019 Road/Gravel Ride
We chose to make buying cat food a little more fun by including a trip along the Leine Valley to look at Bovenden… More words and pictures.
Arctic Break Out – October 29 2019 Gravel/Road Ride
An ´Arctic Break Out´ is bringing cold air to Northern and Central Europe, but with the sun shining it didn´t feel so cold until I was descending… More words and pictures.
46 a go go – October 26 2019 Gravel Ride
Autumn is still conjuring up some warm and sunny weather, so much so that to go fast would get you home quicker… More words and pictures.
Taking it for granted – October 23 2019 road/gravel ride
It occurred to me as I stepped out for a ride and had progressed about 10 kilometres that I was taking this wonderful ability to ride so many cool trails and roads for granted… More words and pictures.
Gö Demi-Tour – October 20 2019 Road/Gravel Ride
My route turned into a sort of demi-tour of Göttingen hitting the less than white gravel roads in the Leine Valley, through the city centre and up the long climb of the Bismarck Strasse to Kerstlingeröderfeld… More words and pictures.
Wieter-Plesse-Biking-CTF – 19 October 2019
The Cicli Club Northeim had put together a challenging route which featured 95% forstwirtschaftswege (forest roads)… More words and pictures.
Gunnar takes me up a big hill – October 17 2019 Gravel Ride
A sedate lunchtime ride we agreed but then Gunnar Fehlau elects to take us up a long single off-road climb (Hautflügler Trail)… More words and pictures.
Grenz hopping – October 15 Road Ride
I rode to the now defunct Internal Border at Schifflersgrund near Bad Sooden-Allendorf on the Hessian-Thuringian border… More words and pictures.
Autumn Summer Days – October 14 2019
Not to have ridden on this day where I wore kit that I assumed was now to be set aside until next year, would have been madness… More words and pictures.
Good old mechanical action – October 12 2019 Gravel Ride
After a week of digital melt down it was great to go out for a spin on the mechanically perfect bicycle… More words and pictures.
Ready Steady Pedal – October 7 2019 Road/Gravel Ride
Ready Steady Go was the first British pop music TV show in Britain and this day we went for a ready and steady pedal… More words and pictures.
Blown in the Wind – October 6 Road/Gravel Ride
It was for rides like this that I built my Gö white roads bike. I set out from Geismar along a smooth cycle path before I hit the gravel at the watch tower… More words and pictures.
Under the Rainbow – October 2 2019 Gravel/Road Ride
We found time for a gentle late afternoon ride in between all things and we rode at times under, but not over rainbows… More words and pictures.
Off-Colour Gö White Roads – September 29 2019 (GöWeißeStraßen) Ride
It had been raining for a few days and more was forecast, I elected to ride to satisfy my inner Roubaix or Strada Bianche (GöWeißeStraßen)… More words and pictures.
Cabin Fever (not quite) – September 27 Gö Strada Bianche Ride
I finally found a moment when it stopped pouring down and I had the time to ride…. I stayed close to home taking in the Gö white gravel roads… More words and pictures.
Gö Strada Bianche to the Bahn – September 21 Gravel Ride
There was racing at the Göttingen velodrome this day and I took the opportunity to test out my Autumn/Winter new build… More words and pictures.
London Calling with Neil – September 17/18/19 Gravel Rides
Making a quick visit to see us was my old friend Neil Simpson from London who was in Germany to commissaire two UCI mountain bikes events.
We took the opportunity to undertake three gravel rides with him… More words and pictures.
Buying cat food – September 14 2019 Ride
With a bike you can turn the simple act of buying cat food into something more… More words and pictures.
The Gauss Meridian Stein – September 11 2019 Gravel/Road Ride
We rode to the southern geodetic meridian stone placed on top of a hill by Gauss in 1819. The gravel climb up along an old pilgrim’s route was leg breaking and we felt quite dizzy by the time we got to the top from the effort… More words and pictures.
Across that field – September 10 2019 Gravel Ride
Today our lunch time ride was interrupted by a puncture for Gunnar and after that we sort of freestyled… More words and pictures.
This time it’s on Strava – September 7 2019 Gravel Ride
Rain was falling and I set off regardless. I even wore my ‘Love of Mud’ cap in homage to what I expected to be a dirty ride… More words.
Castle Hanstein – September 4 2019 Road Ride
A place for robber barons and great rolling roads… More words and pictures.
SHUT UP BODY… It isn’t on Strava – September 1 2019 Gravel/Cobbles Ride
“SHUT UP BODY, it isn’t on Strava”. “But I ache” and “we hit the dirt” says my body. “But it isn’t on Strava” repeats my mixed up head… More words and pictures.
Atop the Alte Gleichen – August 28 2019 Gravel/Road Ride
We spun out along a mix of gravel, cycle paths and road, which included my favourite the Kopfsteinpflaster Carrousel to seek out the Burg Alte Gleichen (castle)… More words and pictures.
Sorry Miriam – August 25 2019 Road Ride
The day after I had proclaimed on Miriam Schattner’s FB timeline that “I am addicted to gravel”, I went for a road ride instead… More words and pictures.
Garden Gate Spin – August 23 2019 Road Ride
The first house in Kirchgandern out from Goettingen and once situated in the DDR has this great garden gate and a wonderful sculpture denoting the distance to Hanoi and Moscow to name two places… More words and pictures.
Giant Jammy Dodger – August 20 2019 Gravel Ride
A day for a cool gravel ride with Gunnar Fehlau and we almost reprised the route we rode for the first time with him in March. I can’t quite believe that I have been here five months!… More words and pictures.
Sunflowers on the Cold War Fault Line – August 16 2019 Road Ride
The never ending training camp continues and after an excellent gravel ride earlier in the week we opted for a road spin out to the old DDR border… More words and pictures.
White Shoes – August 11 2019 Road Ride
It was intended to be a rest day at the training camp, but the sun was shining, the birds were tweeting and we wanted to wear our best white road shoes… More words and pictures.
Am I on an endless training camp? Ride with Tom 2 – August 8 2019 Road/Gravel Ride
Tom opted for a mixed surface spin out to Duderstadt and then the old East German Border. I meanwhile began to wonder if I am on some sort of never ending training camp… More words and pictures.
Riding with Tom – August 7 2019 Ride
Having ridden for three days straight from the Netherlands to us in Germany we of course took Tom out on a bike ride next day… More words and pictures.
The Knights of the Gleichen – August 4, 2019 Ride
Determined to chill out this ride and not push on we stopped (on a long climb) to look at something we had spotted during the spring from the road… More words and pictures.
Pinning a number to my back – August 3 2019 Road Ride
I was trying to think when was the last time I pinned a number on? It must be 2006… More words and pictures.
Big Bang Ride – August 1 2019
We followed the line-of-march of the US First Army through Goettingen and we rode adjacent to the Leine River… More words and pictures.
Summer Nights – July 30 2019 Ride
The temperature had been a nice 25 all day… I ventured out at 6.30pm thinking it will of course be cooler only that’s not how Central European weather works… More words and pictures.
Village Life – July 28, 2019 Road Ride
Prudence said in my ear not to ride too much, so I didn’t as I always listen to ‘dear prudence’… More words and pictures.
To the Zoll and the Lords of Grona – July 24 2019 Ride
The letter from the Zoll said that on pain of fees, taxes and fines we must collect a parcel they had held from us for over a week… More words and pictures.
Mad Dogs etc. Ride and Gunnar’s Serotta Monster Cross – July 23 2019
Once more Gunnar Fehlau and I went out like ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen in the mid-day sun’ for a quick lunchtime ride… More words and pictures.
Plesse Castle Ride – June 19 2019
Or following in Grandma’s footsteps and German Castles are just not ‘hard arse’ enough… More words and pictures.
Off with the leg warmers – June 17 2019 ride
This was super solo ride taking in some new gravel sections… More words and pictures.
As high as an elephant’s eye – July 14 2019 Ride
A week off the bike after bashing my ribs after a very slow and silly fall from my road bike, I set off to redeem myself with a Sunday gravel run… More words and pictures.
Best White Shoes – June 29 2019 Road Ride
I went for a road ride with just a few metres of gravel and I did it simply so I could wear my favourite shoes… More words and pictures.
To the Lakes – June 27 Ride 2019
Being from the UK it is a very odd feeling not to be within even a 100 kilometres of a beach or sea in a landlocked Goettingen… More words and pictures.
Only mad dogs and Englishmen, plus Gunnar… – June 26 ride
Noel Coward wrote a song in the 1930’s satirising the English – “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun”… More words and pictures.
Duderstadt and the B247 (the Grenze) – June 23 Ride 2019
A 66k mixed surface ride to Duderstadt and back taking in the Grenze… More words and pictures.
Into the cool forest – June 19 ride 2019
The sun is strong and the temperature is high and there is no better place to ride than the forest in such conditions… More words and pictures.
Friedland Transit Camp – June 15 Road Ride 2019
We think we might pedal far and heroically but history tells us what suffering, travel and hardship really is and which at times can be beyond understanding… More words and pictures.
Friedland – June 15 Road Ride 2019
A short ride from my new home town is a place that played an amazing part in post-World War Two life… More words and pictures.
Wild Flowers and My Compass of Motives – June 13 Ride
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg liked my bike although he did question my “Compass of Motives” for riding Campagnolo Record off road… More words and pictures.
Another Bank Holiday ride – June 10 2019
Another Bank Holiday snuck up on us and so we went for a ride… I also got to pick up a new chainset and gear ratios to replace my Carbon Campag Record… More words and pictures.
June 5 2019 – Gravel/Road Ride
Sunday it was hot at over 30, on Monday a massive storm hit central Europe and Tuesday we all kept under cover, but on Wednesday the sun shone and once again it hit over 30… More words and pictures.
Der Internal Grenze – June 2 2019
A ride to the now defunct Internal Border and where I got thinking… More words and pictures.
End of May Ride – May 31 2019
I began May with a bike ride and ended it with another; in fact I rode quite a lot in this spring month. This ride was almost a tale of two bikes… More words and pictures.
Best Intentions – May 29 2019 ‘Road’ Ride
Despite my best intentions to go for a road ride I ended up including gravel and cobbles… More words and pictures.
German forest Waldweg tight
There is ‘London tight’ and there is ‘Roubaix tight’, now there is German forest tight… More words and pictures.
All along the watchtowers 2 – May 6 2019 Gravel ride
With my favourite Jimi Hendrix song in my head I got a little carried away… More words and pictures.
Kolonweg and Kopfsteinpflaster, mit cakes – May 5 2019
40 kms of rough stuff, kolonweg and kopfsteinpflaster, mit cakes… More words and pictures.
Mayday Ride – May 1, 2019
Mayday is a public holiday in Germany and like most public holidays and Sundays retail life slows almost to a halt and it all seems a bit old fashioned compared to the 24/7 shopping in the UK… More words and pictures.
High and Low Ride – April 27 2019 ‘Road’ Ride
Where I go mad on a road bike…and I win Paris Roubaix… More words and pictures.
Freedom to roam – the Kopfsteinpflaster Carrousel – April 21 2019
Germany seems more accessible with farm roads and forests open more than I am used to… More words and pictures.
Gunnar’s Lunch Time Spring Classics Ride – April 16 2019
Today’s midweek ride with Gunnar Fehlau seemed to pay homage to the Spring Classics… More words and pictures.
Into the German forest with David – April 12 2019
Light snow had been falling all day on Tag 21 on the German Haus, nonetheless David led us into the forest for an evening ride – we did feel a wee bit like Hansel and Gretel… More words and pictures.
Gunnar’s Lunch Time Gravel/Tarmac Ride or Am I daft enough to drop onto the 11 cog? – April 10 2019
Its day 19 in the German Haus and kitty sniffs my shirt contemptuously post ride – ‘what another ride’, he seems to be saying… More words and pictures.
All along the watchtower to the bahn – April 8 2019
A 14 KM ride in 43 minutes early evening (6pm) saw me skip down the ‘Tilly Berg’ through housing and quickly onto the gravel paths that took me along the ‘watch towers’… More words and pictures.
Gunnar’s Lunch Time ‘Spinnerei’ Gravel/Tarmac Ride – April 3 2019
With time a little tight this day our ride with Gunnar Fehlau included more tarmac than normal, but it was good tarmac and mostly traffic free… More words and pictures.
Zieten Barracks – Kerstlingeröderfeld, beer and pretzel ride – March 31 2019
Inspired by the Gent Wevelgem women’s bike race we popped out for an hour… More words and pictures.
Gunnar’s Lunch Time Gravel Ride – March 28 2019
Lunch time gravel ride with Gunnar Fehlau und Andrea Hofling, so gut… More words and pictures.
Zieten Barracks – Kerstlingeröderfeld – March 26 2019 ‘Road’ Ride
With so few miles in my legs in recent months this ride felt tough especially on the cobbled climb through what were the Zieten Barracks and then the abandoned Panzer Weg up to Kerstlingeröderfeld. Once a place where Chieftains and Leopards roamed… More words and pictures.