The Gö Feldweg Omloop

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The Gö Feldweg Omloop is a ‘road’ based bike ride linking together asphalt and Betonweg field roads (Feldweg) with cobbles and gravel, plus cycle paths and public roads into what we hope is a soulful ‘classic’ homage tour.

Cobbles! Not Flanders like, but they are good enough to get me excited and this can equally be said that the gravel isn´t the Strade Bianche of Tuscany, but all put together I like to think that the Gö Feldweg Omloop´s are all challenging tours .

After rain, the route can get dirty wet or dusty when dry.

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Five Routes
There are five routes, 78km , 76km , 61km , 56km and 40km .

The tours start at the Gö velodrome with the first stages featuring gravel and stretches of cool cobbles. The routes mirror each other until Volkerode where the 78km takes to the higher ground.

The 56km and 40km routes go East at Obernjesa whilst the 61 and 78 go South out to Bisenhausen.

At Reinhausen the 78km and 56km venture further East to Bremke and feature the wonderful asphalt descents off the same hills.

All routes merge at Diemarden for the final kilometers back to the velodrome.

77.6km Route – Volkerode/Obernjesa/Friedland/Besenhausen/Reinhausen/Bremke/Diemarden

We ride the southern Friedland and eastern Bremke sections, plus we take to the high ground above Volkerode which all other routes do not.

47.8km: dirt road (concrete/asphalt), cobbles cycle paths, Ribinou, gravel.
29km: Public Road – Asphalt and open to cars etc.

Two hills, both long plus 4 cobble, 9 gravel & 1 Ribinou sectors.

76.3km Route – 

This is the same route as the 77.6km but without visiting the gnarly gravel above Volkerode. It also differs with an added sector of gravel approaching Groß Schneen.

61.5km route – Volkerode/Obernjesa/Friedland/Besenhausen/Reinhausen/Diemarden

We miss out the eastern Bremke section.

47.0km: dirt road (concrete/asphalt), cobbles cycle paths, Ribinou, gravel.
14.5km: Public Road – Asphalt and open to cars etc.

Two hills plus 4 cobble, 6 gravel & 1 Ribinou sectors.

56.2km route – Volkerode/Obernjesa/Stockhausen/Wendebachstrasse/Reinhausen/Bremke/Diemarden

We exclude the Southern leg to Bisenhausen via Friedland.

41.4km: dirt road (concrete/asphalt), cobbles cycle paths, Ribinou, gravel.
14.8km: Public Road – Asphalt and open to cars etc.

Three hills plus 4 cobble, 5 gravel & 1 Ribinou sectors.

41km route – Volkerode/Obernjesa/Stockhausen/Wendebachstrasse/Reinhausen/Diemarden

We miss out both the eastern Bremke and southern Friedland sections.

34.5km: dirt road (concrete/asphalt), cobbles cycle paths, Ribinou, gravel.
6.2km: Public Road – Asphalt and open to cars etc.

Three hills plus 4 cobble, 5 gravel & 1 Ribinou sectors.

78km76km61km56km41km routes

Soul
After years of watching cycle races such as Paris Roubaix and the Low Countries Classics I am now hard wired to find the the cobbles and farm roads of Belgium and Northern France romantic. Having been firmly inculcated I seek similar in the Leine Valley near my home in Germany.

Such roads can at times overwhelm requiring a mental adjustment to find a balance that prevents you from switching on a red light in your head. ´Feeling it´ if you like and this translates to imbue my inanimate bike with a soul.

Parts of this route feature on both the Gö Strade Bianche and All Along the Watchtower rides, but the Feldweg Omloop attempts to avoid those gravel sections which are particularly rough.

Not Belgium
This ride to my mind has much in common with the Gent Wevelgem and other road races held in Belgium upon farm, public roads, Betonweg and sections of cobbles. Most of the pave in the Gent Wevelgem is found on the fierce Kemmelberg and on the 78km ride the climb through Volkerode stands in for it (but sans cobbles). Gent Wevelgem features three sectors of Ploegsteert or Plug Streets as these gravel roads were called during World War One. I rode a previous tribute to Gent Wevelgem in two directions ( One and Two ).

The cobbled sectors are mild on this tour and some may question whether certain sections might be called that – I wish I could add, Zieten Terrace, Barbarastrasse or the cobblestone carousel to the route.

Concrete dirt road

My Classic Rides have included:
Farm Roads in Gö .
Love Cobblestone
Cobblestone Carousel in Gö .
resalfpnietsfpoK Carousel in Gö .
Classics Celebration in Gö .
Gö Strade Bianche .
Gutingi STONE PRBX. high and low

Dry ‘clean’ concrete dirt road

‘Dirty’ concrete dirt road – add rain….

‘Clean’ asphalt dirt road. Picture by Tim Beissinger

Dirty asphalt dirt road. Picture by Josh Schenk

Asphalt dirt road when wet

Mild gravel

cobbles

Bike
We have ridden sections of the route on a gravel, a cyclo cross and a road bike. All of it should be rideable on the latter if you fit tough tires or avoid it when very wet because mud may clog up between your wheels on a close clearance road bike frame. A gravel bike may be slower on the public roads but its ideal on many of the farm roads.

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Attention/Take Note

The Gö Feldweg Omloop is a suggested route for a bike tour and not a race or competition. Should you decide to follow our tour description or a GPS of the route described, you do so at your own risk.

You are responsible for cycling as you think you can, according to your ability and fitness level.

The Gö Feldweg Omloop is a suggested route for a bike tour and not a race or competition. Should you decide to follow our tour description or a GPS of the route described, you do so at your own risk.

You are responsible for cycling as you think you can, according to your ability and fitness level.

Contacthttps://veloklubhaus.com/contact/

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