Gö Strade Bianche Vista Ride

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We celebrate the Strade Bianche race with an informal gravel ride featuring 33 sectors of the ´Weißen Straßen´of Göttingen plus concrete/asphalt feldweg, dirt, asphalt cycle paths and public roads.

We rode out from the P-Cafe located within the medieval city walls of Göttingen in the Nikolai quarter overlooked by the Gothic/Romanesque mix of the St.-Nikolai-Kirche. This was once a popular spot for Medieval Flanders weavers thus linking us to the bastion of cycling.

The high ground above Volkerode (West side) and Ballenhausen/Gross Schneen (East side) offer great vistas across the Leine Valley.

Many of the gravel sectors will be known to previous Gö Strade Bianche participants, but like me playing a musical instrument – I may play the right notes but they are not necessarily played in the correct order (Morecambe and Wise), meaning that we don´t fixate to the sheet music of the established rides.

Everyone gets a Brevet Card.

Sorry, there is not a German text for this ride.

VISTAS

Westside above Volkerode (l) and Eastside above Ballenhausen (r) views into the Leine Valley

The Route
The route features a mix of gravel, dirt, concrete feldweg (farm/forest) plus asphalt public cycle paths and roads.

Concrete farm roads (Feldweg)
The white roads aren´t the whole story though – a number of concrete farm roads are also included in this route. In regard to Roubaix, for example, people tend to fixate their minds on the cobbles, but that is only part of the battle to finish, there are also the asphalt roads where the wind seems to drive straight into your face. On the ´Gö Strade Bianche´ there are concrete farm roads which are anything but smooth, they can be very muddy and a challenge in themselves.

Sign
The route is not signed, we offer a GPS, but you can choose to follow your own direction.

Want to ride it?
This is an informal ride and a suggested route only. If you would like to ride it with us do make contact. Or of course you may ride it at your own time and if you do, it would be great to hear from you (we can respond to German language E-mails) – https://veloklubhaus.com/contact/.

Achtung/Take Note
The Gö Strade Bianche is a suggested cycle tour route and not a race or a contest, should you 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 Strade Bianche 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.

Gravel 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.

GPS
Garmin Connect: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/9177032408
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/7446304314
Komoot: https://www.komoot.com/tour/839190562

The GPS Ride: https://veloklubhaus.com/2022/07/10/go-strade-bianche-vista-ride-july-10-2022-gravel-ride/

Gallery

Gö Strade Bianche – 52.29 km
33 Gravel Sectors – 29.2 Km ca/approx.
Feldweg/Cycle paths – 13.39 km ca/approx.
Strassen: 9.7 km ca/approx.

4 principle climbs – a total of 428 metres elevation for the complete route

The Route
Sector/Category/@/Sector Length

P-Cafe @ 0km, 0km

We begin and end our ride at the P-Café  situated within the medieval city walls of Göttingen in the Nikolai quarter. We are overlooked by the Gothic/Romanesque mix of the St.-Nikolai-Kirche.

P-Café: Nikolaikirchhof 11. 37073 Göttingen – https://www.p-cafe.de/
St.-Nikolai-Kirche – https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Nikolai…

St Nikolai has unusually no church spire

We ride out from the cafe along Nikolaistraße exiting via the city wall and then onto the main road that is Lotzestraße for a short while.

Sector 1: Cat 2 @ 1.2Km, 0.6km

This sector of gravel and broken asphalt once saw trains of the Gartelbahn trundling and steaming along it.

Note: Watch out for walkers on the shared path and cars parked in odd places, be nice!

Sector 2a – Cat 1 @ 1.9, 0.9km (a + b)

Sector 2b – Cat 1

Sector 3 – Cat 2 @ 3.4, 0.6km

Sector 4 – Cat 3 @ 3.9, 0.1km

Reinshof  yard, featuring cobbles and loose large stones.

Sector 5 – Cat 2 @ 4.1, 0.3km

Brilliant white in the summer.

Sector 6 – Cat 2 @ 4.6, 0.7km

Gö West-Side @ 5.6km – dedicated to the Dengie Tour.

Cross the road with care.

Sector 7 – Cat 1 @ 8.9, 0.6km

Sector 8 – Cat 2 @ 9.5, 1.6km

Sector 9a – Cat 2 @ 10.8, 0.6km (a+b)

Autobahn @ 11.0km

Sector 9b – Cat 2

A large puddle of water can build up at the bottom of the descent.

Volkerode @ 13.2km

*Sector 10a – Cat 2 @ 13.0, 1.3km (a+b+c). Climb max 8.3%.

We climb for 1.3km.

*Sector 10b – Cat 2

Sector 10c – Cat 1

VISTA: Above Volkerode with Göttingen in view in the Leine Valley.

Sector 11a – Cat 1 @ 14.3, 2.4km (a+b+c+d)

Sector 11b – Cat 1

Sector 11c – Cat 2

Sector 11d – Cat 3. Descent!!

VISTA: On top of the world – this is a long descent on a mix of gravel types with the last section before the asphalt feldweg being rough – moderate your speed.

Sector 12 – Cat 2 @ 18.0, 1.3km

After rolling asphalt farmers roads we return to gravel.

Sector 13a – Cat 2 @ 20.8, 0.9km

Sector 13b – Cat 2

Sector 14 – Cat 3 @ 21.7, 0.7km

More a stein road than gravel.

Sector 15a – Cat 2 @ 23.2, 0.7km (a+b+c)

A cool picnic spot and there is shelter. We turn left after the hut.

Sector 15b – Cat 3. Descent.

This is an off camber left turn.

Sector 15c – Cat 1

Autobahn A38 @ 24.9km

Sector 16 – Cat 2 @ 25.3, 0.6km. Descent!

At the bottom there is a rut across the gravel and which is sometimes filled with water.

Sector 17a – Cat 2 @ 26.2, 2.7km (a+b+c)

Follow the pylons into Hesse @ 28.1km.

TIME OUT: If you wish you can miss out sectors 17/18 and pick up the route at Elkerhausen or ride the first part of sector 17 and then divert from there.

*Sector 17b – Cat 3. Climb max 10.5%.

Am Kirschberge at Marzhausen – a stone littered climb

Sector 17c – Cat 2. Descent!

There is a few metres of asphalt between Sector C and D.

Marzhausen @ 29.1km

Sector 18 – Cat 2 @ 29.1, 0.8km

We re-enter Lower Saxony @ 29.7km &  the Friedland Denkmal is out of sight in this picture to your right.

Elkerhausen @ 30.5km

A second time under the A38 (30.7km).

Sector 19 – Cat 2 @ 30.9, 2.3km

Klein Schneen @ 33.2km

Sector 20 – Cat 2 @ 34.1, 0.8km

There is an unlawful swimming lake on the right handside, be careful of the law abiding having a day off. There is usually a gate to stop the bathers parking their cars along the feldweg.

*Sector 21 – Cat 4 @ 35.4, 0.4km. Climb Max 19.6%.

I would like to do some guerilla gardening here and plant Tuscan trees.

OR miss out this nasty hill by turning left along the Betonweg (0.4km), then turn right onto the gravel (0.5km/Cat 2) followed by going right on more Betonweg (0.4km). This will lead you back on route.

Groß Schneen @ 36.1km

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

Cross the B27 with care!!!!

TIME OUT: If you wish you can miss out sectors 22 to 25 going directly onto sector 26 at  Stockhausen by opting to ride the B27 cyclepath instead.

Sector 22a – Cat 1 @ 36.2, 0.5km  (a+b)

Sector 22b – Cat 2.

Rot Strade.

Sector 23 – Cat 1 @ 39.0, 0.2km

Ballenhausen @ 39.7km

*Sector 24 – Cat 3  @ 40.0, 0.2km. Climb max 18.8%

The climb here extends beyond the first section of gravel leading onto asphalt.

VISTA: A cool view across to the South of the Leine Valley with Ballenhausen close by.

Sector 25 – Cat 3  @ 40.7, 1.2km Descent!

A gnarly descent – moderate your speed.

B27 @ 42.1km and Stockhausen @ 42.3km

Sector 26a – Cat 2  @ 42.9, 2.1km (a+b+c+d)

We join the Bahn to Neidernjesa.

Sector 26b – Cat 2

Sector 26c – Cat 2

Sector 26d – Cat 3

Neidernjesa @ 45.4

Sector 27a – Cat 3 @ 45.9, 0.7km (a+b)

This section can get very muddy near end and also being deeply rutted.

Sector 27b – Cat 1

Sector 28 – Cat 3 @ 46.5, 1.1km

A gradual climb of the Weinzenberg where once a medieval warte stood (until 1570) part of a system of Landswehr and watch towers which watched over and controlled Göttingen.

Sector 29 – Cat 2 @ 47.8, 0.3km

Sector 5 reversed.

Sector 30 – Cat 3 @ 48.1, 0.1km

Sector 4 reversed – We return to Reinshof with its cobbles and large stones in the farm yard.

Sector 31 – Cat 2 @ 48.2, 0.6km

Sector 3 reversed and it is a nice flowing downward section in this direction.

Spring and Winter

Sector 32a – Cat 1 @ 49.6, 0.9km (a+b)

Sector 2 reversed.

Sector 32b – Cat 1

Note: Watch out for walkers, be nice!

Sector 33: Cat 2 @ 50.3Km – 0.6km

Sector 1 reversed – Watch out for walkers and cars parked in odd places.

End at P Cafe @ 52.29km 

The Route Way Points (list form)
Sector/Category/@/SectorLength

P-Cafe @ 0km, 0km
Sector 1: Cat 1 @ 1.2Km, 0.6km
Sector 2a – Cat 1 @ 1.9, 0.9km (a + b)
Sector 2b – Cat 1
Sector 3 – Cat 2 @ 3.4, 0.6km
Sector 4 – Cat 3 @ 3.9, 0.1km
Sector 5 – Cat 2 @ 4.1, 0.3km
Sector 6 – Cat 2 @ 4.6, 0.7km
Gö West-Side @ 5.6km
Sector 7 – Cat 1 @ 8.9, 0.6km
Sector 8 – Cat 2 @ 9.5, 1.6km
Sector 9a – Cat 2 @ 10.8, 0.6km (a+b)
Autobahn @ 11.0km
Sector 9b – Cat 2
Volkerode @ 13.2km
*Sector 10a – Cat 2 @ 13.0, 1.3km (a+b+c). Climb max 8.3%.
*Sector 10b – Cat 2
Sector 10c – Cat 1
Sector 11a – Cat 1 @ 14.3, 2.4km (a+b+c+d)
Sector 11b – Cat 1
Sector 11c – Cat 2
Sector 11d – Cat 3. Descent!!
Sector 12 – Cat 2 @ 18.0, 1.3km
Sector 13a – Cat 2 @ 20.8, 0.9km
Sector 13b – Cat 2
Sector 14 – Cat 3 @ 21.7, 0.7km
Sector 15a – Cat 2 @ 23.2, 0.7km (a+b+c)
Sector 15b – Cat 3 Descent.
Sector 15c – Cat 1
Autobahn A38 @ 24.9km
Sector 16 – Cat 2 @ 25.3, 0.6km. Descent!
Sector 17a – Cat 2 @ 26.2, 2.7km (a+b+c)
Hesse @ 28.1km.
*Sector 17b – Cat 3. Climb max 10.5%.
Sector 17c – Cat 2. Descent!
Marzhausen @ 29.1km
Sector 18 – Cat 2 @ 29.1, 0.8km
Lower Saxony @ 29.7km
Elkerhausen @ 30.5km
Sector 19 – Cat 2 @ 30.9, 2.3km
Klein Schneen @ 33.2km
Sector 20 – Cat 2 @ 34.1, 0.8km
*Sector 21 – Cat 4 @ 35.4, 0.4km. Climb Max 19.6%.
Groß Schneen @ 36.1km
Sector 22a – Cat 1 @ 36.2, 0.5km (a+b)
Sector 22b – Cat 2.
Sector 23 – Cat 1 @ 39.0, 0.2km
Ballenhausen @ 39.7km
*Sector 24 – Cat 3  @ 40.0, 0.2km. Climb max 18.8%
Sector 25 – Cat 3 @ 40.7, 1.2km Descent!
B27 @ 42.1km and Stockhausen @ 42.3km
Sector 26a – Cat 2 @ 42.9, 2.1km (a+b+c+d)
Sector 26b – Cat 2
Sector 26c – Cat 2
Sector 26d – Cat 3
Neidernjesa @ 45.4
Sector 27a – Cat 3 @ 45.9, 0.7km (a+b)
Sector 27b – Cat 1
Sector 28 – Cat 3 @ 46.5, 1.1km
Sector 29 – Cat 2 @ 47.8, 0.3km
Sector 30 – Cat 3 @ 48.1, 0.1km
Sector 31 – Cat 2 @ 48.2, 0.6km
Sector 32a – Cat 1 @ 49.6, 0.9km (a+b)
Sector 32b – Cat 1
Sector 33: Cat 2 @ 50.3Km – 0.6km
End at P Cafe @ 52.29km

Want to ride it?
This is an informal ride and a suggested route only. If you would like to ride it with us do make contact. Or of course you may ride it at your own time and if you do, it would be great to hear from you – https://veloklubhaus.com/contact/.

Lust mitzuradeln?
Dies soll eine informelle Radtour sein, und wir schlagen nur Treff und Route vor. Wer immer Interesse hat, möge uns bitte kontaktieren (https://veloklubhaus.com/contact/).

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