Gö Feldweg Omloop 76km

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Gö Feldweg Omloop route – 76.3km

Volkerode/Obernjesa/Friedland/Besenhausen/Reinhausen/Bremke/Diemarden.

This tour is almost the same as the 78km version of the Gö Omloop but differs by not climbing onto the gravel sections above Volkerode, because if you are on a road bike you may wish to avoid it. The gravel here is replaced by a section between Friedland and Groß Schneen (featured also on the 61km ).

The total distance of the tour is 76.3km+ of which approximately 28km is ridden on public roads open to motor cars, the rest consists of asphalt field roads, concrete Betonweg, gravel, cobbles, Ribinou and cycle paths. Much of the field path is also a cycle path.

Sections
Feldweg Asphalt – not open to general motor traffic and may also be a cycle path.
Feldweg Betonweg – concrete and as above.
Cobbles (4 – 2.1km) – some may argue they are not, 2 are very mild.
Cycle path – a cycle path shared with pedestrians with an asphalt surface.
Feldweg Gravel (9 – 6.9km) – mild with loose stones, mostly hardpacked & hopefully not a mudbath. 
Public Road – Asphalt and open to cars etc (29km).
Ribinou (1 – 0.4km) – a Breton word for a green farm road. 

Gravel/Cobble categories  (this is purely subjective & made up by us)
We have graded the gravel 1 to 5 with 5 being the roughest (there is also an Hors Cat for very extreme).

Cat 1 – mostly hard packed and rideable on almost all bikes.
Cat 2 – often hard packed, a little rougher, potholes and challenging.
Cat 3 – loose surface, more ruts & potholes, gradient changes, bigger stones with greater caution required. (may include downhill or a turn)
Cat 4 – very rough, loose with larger stones and deep ruts/potholes.
Cat 5 – as 4 but may also be downhill, maybe tight turns or with single track and ruts.
HC—Mind bogglingly hard.

Please bear in mind that roads may at times be closed because of farm or forestry workings, please be considerate to all.

Many smooth asphalt or concrete field roads can be heavily compromised by detritous.

GPS Ride – https://veloklubhaus.com/2022/04/17/go-feldweg-omloop-76km-april-17-2022-road-ride/

Garmin Connect:  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/8656562878
Strava:  https://www.strava.com/activities/6997547662
Komoot: https://www.komoot.com/tour/742069195

Stages
The tour is divided into stages and stated are the types of road sections you will ride per stage.

Villages on route are included and at what distance they come.

Being cool you will of course avoid the smooth asphalt

Stage/Title

Stage 1 – Velodrome/Rosdorf @ 0 KM After riding one lap of the velodrome we join a shared path almost at once and this section can be busy with other users so be watchful and be friendly!

We pass the Dreckwarte monument and go over the Leine Dam adjacent to the newly created wetlands.

The first gravel sector here also features on the Gö Strade Bianche.

SECTIONS – Cycle path, 2 Gravel (0.5 & 0.7 km – Cat 1/2), Public Road

Stage 2 – Rosdorf Cobbles

We ignore the asphalt cycle path and instead we ride the cobbles which run alongside the railway. 400 metres of pure pleasure!

SECTIONS – Cobbles (0.4 km – Cat 2)

The adjacent cyclepath is verboten in line with being a cool cyclist !

Rosdorf Railway Crossing @ 4.7 km

Stage 3 – Rosdorfer Warte/Heinrich-Sohnrey Straße

We cross the railway and head onto Betonweg with the now lost medieval Rosdorfer Warte above us.

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Betonweg, Cycle path, Public Road

Stage 4 – Heinrich-Sohnrey Straße/Sieboldhausen

The following four stages inspired the Feldweg Omloop, and these farm roads are often heavy with detritus.

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Betonweg, Cycle path

Sieboldhausen @ 10.4 km

Stage 5 – Sieboldhausen/Volkerode

Via Lemshausen @ 13.2 km

We ride towards Lemshausen and travel back almost the same way.

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Gravel (0.2 km – Cat 2), Public Road

Volkerode @ 15.4 km

Stage 6 – Volkerode/Hauptstraße

Note: The 78km version of the ride continues up through the village onto the high ground above Volkerode, instead on this route we turn left and head toward the Wind Turbines although we turn away before them.

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Public Road

Stage 7 – Hauptstraße/Sieboldhausen

This is a lovely stage crossing the Autobahn featuring a flowing descent but which can be tricky when wet.

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Betonweg, Public Road

Sieboldhausen @ 18.7 km

Stage 8 – Sieboldhausen/Sieboldstraße

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Betonweg, Public Road

Stage 9 – Sieboldstraße/Obernjesa

You are obliged by all that is cool not to ride on the asphalt, but to stick to the cobbles.

There is a baker in Obernjesa. (Bäckerei Könnecke, Dramfelder Str. 8)

SECTIONS – Betonweg, Cobbles (0.3 km – Cat 2), Public Road

Obernjesa @ 24.5 km

The 56km and 40km tours go East at this point short cutting to Reinhausen missing out the Southern leg completely.

Stage 10 – Obernjesa/Klein Schneen

Klein Schneen @ 27.4 km

Be very careful there is a blind spot when crossing the main road – watch out for fast traffic emerging from the right (see picture right below).

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Cycle path, Public Road

Friedland @ 31.0 km

There is a direct link to Göttingen from the Friedland Railway Station. In addition the Friedland Transit Camp Museum is situated here and atop the hill beyond the cemetery (containing many refugee war graves) there is the Friedland-Gedächtnisstätte monument.

Stage 11 – Klein Schneen/Friedland/Marzhausen

There is an Edeka supermarket in Friedland.

We venture in and out of Hesse.

SECTIONS – Cobbles (0.2 km – Cat 1), Cycle path, Gravel (0.1 km – Cat 1), Public Road

Marzhausen @ 32.9 km

Stage 12 – Marzhausen/Autobahn Gravel

We cross over the Autobahn and railway.

SECTIONS – Cycle path, Public Road

Stage 13 – Autobahn Gravel/Niedergandern

The gravel sector here also features on the Gö Strade Bianche.

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Gravel (0.9 km – Cat 1), Public Road

Niedergandern @ 36.9 km

Stage 14 – Niedergandern/Besenhausen

SECTIONS –  Betonweg

Besenhausen Cafe @ 38.1 km

There is a cafe and toilets – check their website for details – https://cafe-besenhausen.de/.

Iron Curtain

As we leave Besenhausen looking to our right we can see signs stating that this was once the Iron Curtain and remains the state line of Thuringia, and a number of information boards illustrates how this area looked before the Internal Border was removed after 1989-  https://wegdergeschichte.de/.

We are overlooked at this spot by a defunct DDR bunker.

Stage 15 – Besenhausen/Friedland

Via Reckershausen @ 40.3 km

As we pass through the village it is worthy of note that there is a bike shop here https://www.fahrradke.de/ and a Marshall Amp Museum.

SECTIONS – Betonweg, Cycle path, Public Road

Stage 16 – Friedland/Groß Schneen

The gravel sector here is not featured on the 78km of this tour and it replaces the section above Volkerode. It is also ridden on the Gö Strade Bianche but from the opposite direction.

Or go straight ahead and pick up the route at the end of the Betonweg.

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Betonweg, Cycle path, Gravel (1.6km – Cat 2), Public Road

Groß Schneen @ 45.4 km

There is a baker in Groß Schneen. (Bäckerei Könnecke, Landstraße 22).

Stage 17 – Groß Schneen/Ballenhausen

The gravel sector here also features on the Gö Strade Bianche.

SECTIONS – Betonweg, Gravel (0.2 km – Cat 1), Public Road

Ballenhausen @ 49.1 km

Stage 18 – Ballenhausen/Reinhausen

SECTIONS – Public Road

Reinhausen @ 51.8 km

The village of Reinhausen is notable for the wall of stone that lines the main road.

NOTE: If you would like to cut short the ride and head back to the velodrome, you can turn left to Diemarden (as does the 61km and 40km routes) rather than go right toward Bremke.

Stage 19 – Reinhausen/Bremke

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Betonweg, Public Road

Bremke @ 57.0 km

In Bremke there is a shop and café, open most mornings (we think) – Bremker Dütt & Datt, 37130 Gleichen.

Stage 20 – Bremke/Appenrode

Look out for the memorials to the Knights of the Gleichens and on the highest hill the ruins of the Gleichen Castles can be found.

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Betonweg, Public Road

Appenrode@ 58.6 km

Stage 21 – Appenrode/Gelliehausen

A section of public roads offering a long descent after some climbing from Appenrode via Gelliehausen to Benniehausen. If you look to your left the Gleichen Hills overlook you where two castles once stood.

At the highest point of the asphalt road there is a great view looking toward the Harz Mountains.

SECTIONS – Public Road

Gelliehausen @ 61.0 km

Stage 22 – Gelliehausen/Benniehausen

The descent on public roads continues.

SECTIONS – Public Road

Benniehausen @ 62.8 km

Stage 23 –Benniehausen/Steinmuhle

We ride along on or adjacent to the defunct Gartelbahn.

SECTIONS – Betonweg, Gravel (1.1 km – Cat 2), Public Road

Garetal/Steinmuhle @ 65.8 km

At the Steinmuhle/Gartetal is the Historic Spinnerei (from May each Sunday through to October there is a cool outdoor cafe here). 

Stage 24 – Steinmuhle/Klein Lengden/Diemarden

We continue to ride along or adjacent to the defunct Gartelbahn.

SECTIONS – Cycle path, Public Road

Klein Lengden ´Station´ @ 66.8 km

There is a Backhaus at Steinslieth 2, 37130 Gleichen-Klein Lengden. Mo.–Sa. 8.00–18.30 (next to Rewe on the hill).

Diemarden @ 68.6 km

Stage 25 –Diemarden/Gartelbahn/B27

The stage features one section of Ribinou a Breton word for farm or a green road. Although this section is stated as also featuring cobbles the narrow cycle path is in fact very mild, but it can be very busy with other users.

This section of Ribinou can get very muddy and you may wish to make a premature exit (its OK in summer, but there is big hole). It is also rough and you can instead ignore it completely and ride the mild cobbles of the Gartelbahn.

Note: There are plans to widen the cycle route and this may see a temporary closure, but as ever in German local politics it could take a long time before it happens.

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Cobbles (1.3 km – Cat 1), Public Road, Ribinou (0.4 km – Cat 3)

B27-Garteschenke @ 72.1 km

Stage 26 – B27 to the Velodrome

Be very careful crossing the busy B27.

SECTIONS – Feldweg Asphalt, Betonweg, Cycle path, Gravel (0.5 km – Cat 1), Public Road

Velodrome @ 76.3 km (includes a lap of the track at ride start and end)

Way Points
Velodrome/Rosdorf @ 0 KM
Rosdorf Railway Crossing @ 4.7 km
Sieboldhausen @ 10.4 km
Lemshausen @ 13.2 km
Volkerode @ 15.4 km
Sieboldhausen @ 18.7 km
Obernjesa @ 24.5 km
Klein Schneen @ 27.4 km
Friedland @ 31.0 km
Marzhausen @ 32.9 km
Niedergandern @ 36.9 km
Besenhausen Cafe @ 38.1 km
Reckershausen @ 40.3 km
Groß Schneen @ 45.4 km
Ballenhausen @ 49.1 km
Reinhausen @ 51.8 km
Bremke @ 57.0 km
Appenrode@ 58.6 km
Gelliehausen @ 61.0 km
Benniehausen @ 62.8 km
Garetal/Steinmuhle @ 65.8 km
Klein Lengden ´Station´ @ 66.8 km
Diemarden @ 68.6 km
A27-Garteschenke @ 72.1 km
Velodrome @ 76.3 km (includes a lap of the track at ride start and end)

Attention/Take Note

The Gö Feldweg Omloop is a suggested cycle tour route and not a race or a contest, you should choose to follow our description or a GPS of the outlined route you do so at your own risk.

It is your responsibility to ride in a safe and in a comfortable manner suited to your own estimated skill or fitness level.

Die Gö Feldweg Omloop ist ein Routenvorschlag für eine Fahradtour und kein Rennen oder Wettkampf. Solltest Du Dich dafür entscheiden, unserer Tourbeschreibung oder einem GPS der beschriebenen Route zu folgen, tust Du dies auf eigene Gefahr.

Du bist selbst dafür verantwortlich, entsprechend Deinem Können und Fitness-Niveau, so zu radeln, wie Du es Dir zutraust.

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