Feier der Frühlingsklassiker – Schotter und Asphalttour auf 28 Pflasterreifen: Gö Velodrom – Dransfeld Rampe – Radweg bei Rischenkrug (B3) nach Dransfeld – L559 und dann der Asphaltaufstieg auf die Hoher Hagen – Dransfeld – Gö Velodrom.
The Pave tyre is no longer featured by Vittoria and has been replaced with the Strade Bianche winning Control range (plus a 30mm) but they can still be bought from many resellers. The Nemesis meanwhile remains proudly in the Ambrosio inventory.
The gravel and dirt of the Dransfeld Ramp isn´t as gnarly as say the Arenberg cobbles which features in the Paris Roubaix cycle race and the lack of tread on my Pave´s wasn´t too tricky.
The Pave tyre is no longer featured by Vittoria and has been replaced with the Strade Bianche winning Control range (plus a 30mm), but they can still be bought from many resellers. The Nemesis meanwhile remains proudly in the Ambrosio inventory.
From the velodrome it is a mix of gravel, cycle paths until the Dransfeld Ramp which begins on asphalt and becomes gravel/dirt soon after. At Rischenkrug (the B3 road) I departed the old railway line and followed a concrete/asphalt cycle path/farm road to Dransfeld. Here the route switched to an asphalt public road which eventually led up to the Gauß Tower. A long descent followed bedecked with graffiti to encourage TDE cycle sportive particpants (they go up) taking me back to Dransfeld and I went home descending along a waymarked cycle route.
There was still some snow at the Gauß Tower, and it was hard day in the saddle because rain fell, a bit of sun shone, it was cold on the high ground and a stiff head wind blew in my face for a large chunk of this ride. Super ´Classics´ weather in fact.
44km including 11 sectors of gravel.
Dransfeld Ramp: 10.4km. gravel at 6.6 for 3.8km.
Ellershausen Loop: 7.6km max gradient of 2% plus (A long drag up).
Hoher Hagen: 1.6km max gradient of 7%