Strade Bianche de Gutingi Suggested 43km Route English

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Suggested Route (43.3km amended January 6, 2022)
We celebrate the Strade Bianche cycle race with an informal gravel ride featuring the ´Weißen Straßen´of Göttingen plus concrete, dirt, tarmac cycle paths and public roads.

This 43km suggested route (you can also follow your own path) begins at the Göttingen velodrome where soon after we hit the first of 22 gravel sectors (some are longer than others and are sub-sectioned). The latest version of this tour features a climb at 10.5 kilometres (sector 7a/b – max 7.9% and a stiff but short climb at 24.4km (sector 16 – max 19.6%).

This revised version of the ride differs with a major change at the start. At Ballenhausen we miss out a series of stinging climbs on the Eastern side of the Leine Valley which feature on the 56km plus routes. Instead a summer beer or a swim at the Wendebach Stausse awaits on route back to the velodrome.

I have ridden this tour on a cyclo cross machine and a road bike (not mud friendly) but for this GPS setting ride I did it ´old school´ on a CX machine kitted out with rim brakes and skinny tyres held in very cold wet weather.

Sorry, there isn´t a German language description for this ride.

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

Concrete farm roads
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 tarmac roads where the wind seems to drive straight into your face. On the ´Gö Strade Bianche Homage Ride´ there are concrete farm roads which are anything but smooth, they can be very muddy and a challenge in themselves.

GPS
Garmin Connect: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/8065964084
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/6477046352
Komoot: https://www.komoot.com/tour/626788318

The ride:  https://veloklubhaus.com/2022/01/05/old-school-gravel-riding-in-go-january-5-2021-gravel-road-ride/

Gallery

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 – 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.

Summer/Somner Gravel

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.

Gö Strade Bianche 43.20km
Gravel: 16.7km
Farm roads-cycle paths/Landwirtschaftstraßen-Fahradwege: 22.3km
Public roads/Öffentliche Straßen: 4.2km
*Two climbs @10.5 and @24.4

The Route (list form)
Sector/Category/@/Sector Length

Göttingen Velodrome @ 0 – 0 km
Sector 1a – Cat 1 @ 1.6, 0.9km (a + b)
Sector 1b – Cat 1
Sector 2 – Cat 2 @ 3.0, 0.6km
Sector 3 – Cat 3 @3.5, 0.1km
Sector 4 – Cat 2 @ 3.6, 0.2km
Sector 5 – Cat 2 @ 3.9, 1.3km.
Niedernjesa @ 8.0km
Sector 6 – Cat 1 @ 8.1, 1.4km
Obernjesa @ 9.5km.
Sector 7a – Cat 2 @ 10.5– 0.6km (a+b)
Sector 7b* – Cat 2 – 7.9% max climb
Sector 8a – Cat 1 @ 12.1, 0.5km (a+b)
Sector 8b – Cat 3
Sector 9 – Cat 2 @ 12.7, 0.4km
Sector 10 – Cat 3 @ 13.1, 0.7km
Sector 11a – Cat 2 @ 15.5, 0.7km (a+b+c)
Sector 11b – Cat 2
Sector 11c – Cat 1
Autobahn A38 @ 16.3km
Sector 12 – Cat 2 @ 16.7, 0.2km
Sector 13a – Cat 2 @ 17.5, 1.7km. (a+b)
Sector 13b – Cat 1
Elkershausen @ 19.5km
Sector 14 – Cat 2 @ 19.7, 2.1km.
Klein Schneen @ 22.2km
Sector 15 – Cat 2 @ 23.1, 0.8km
Sector 16* – Cat 3 @ 24.4, 0.4km. Climb Max 19.6%
Groß Schneen @ 25.2km
Sector 17a – Cat 1 @ 25.3, 0.5km  (a+b)
Sector 17b – Cat 2.
Ballenhausen @ 28.0km
Sector 18 – Cat 1 @ 28.0, 0.2km
Sector 19a – Cat 2 @ 28.4, 1.2km (a+b)
Sector 19b – Cat 2
Reinhausen @31.5
Wendebach Stausse @34.2km
Sector 20 – Cat 2 @ 38.5, 1.0km
Sector 21 – Cat 2 @ 39.9, 0.3km
Sector 22a- Cat 1 @ 40.8, 0.9km (a+b)
Sector 1b reversed.
Sector 22b – Cat 1
Sector 1a reversed.
End at Velodrome @ 43.3km

The Route
Sector/Category/@/Sector Length

Göttingen Velodrome @0 – 0 km

One 400 metre lap of the tarmac at the start and then another at ride end.

Note: Excercise extreme caution and a friendly attitude on the first section of the shared cycle/pedestrian path (also on your return to the velodrome).

Sector 1a – Cat 1 @ 1.6, 0.9km (a + b)

Sector 1b – Cat 1

Sector 2 – Cat 2 @ 3.0, 0.6km

Sector 3 – Cat 3 @ 3.5, 0.1km

Farm Yard, cobbles and loose large stones.

Sector 4 – Cat 2 @ 3.6, 0.2km

Brilliant white in the summer.

Sector 5 – Cat 2 @ 3.9, 1.3km.

Summer

Winter

Niedernjesa @ 8.0km

Sector 6 – Cat 1 @ 8.1, 1.4km

Obernjesa @ 9.5km.

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

Asphalt or cobbles at Obernjesa? 

Sector 7a – Cat 2 @ 10.5– 0.6km (a+b)

Sector 7b* – Cat 2 – Max climb 7.9% – 0.3km long

At the tree is a bench with a great view across the valley to Gö.

Sector 8a – Cat 1 @ 12.1, 0.5km (a+b)

Sector 8b – Cat 3

Sector 9 – Cat 2 @ 12.7, 0.4km

Sector 10 – Cat 3 @ 13.1, 0.7km

Sector 11a – Cat 2 @ 15.5, 0.7km (a+b+c)

Sector 11b – Cat 2 (Left turn)

Sector 11c – Cat 1

Autobahn A38 @ 16.3km

Sector 12 – Cat 2 @ 16.7, 0.2km

Sector 13a – Cat 2 @ 17.5, 1.7km. (a+b)

This fast sector crosses other farm roads so be watchful.

Sector 13b – Cat 1

Elkerhausen @ 19.5km

Sector 14 – Cat 2 @ 19.7, 2.1km.

A second time under the A38.

Klein Schneen @ 22.2km

Sector 15 – Cat 2 @ 23.1, 0.8km

Sector 16* – Cat 3 @ 24.4, 0.4km. Climb Max 19.6%

Once over the rise it keeps going for few hard pedal strokes more!

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

Groß Schneen @ 25.2km

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

Cross the B27 with care!!!!

Sector 17a – Cat 1 @ 25.3, 0.5km  (a+b)

Sector 17b – Cat 2.

Red Strade and in the summer it is bordered with wild flowers.

Ballenhausen @ 28.0km

Sector 18 – Cat 1 @ 28.0, 0.2km

Sector 19a – Cat 2 @ 28.4, 1.2km  (a+b)

Sector 19b – Cat 2

Reinhausen @ 31.5

Wendebach Stausse @ 34.2km

In the summer people swim in the lake and there is a food stand plus toilets.

Note: This GPS setting ride was held in extreme weather conditions and because of fuzzy thinking a navigation error was made at this point. After the bridge crossing of the Garte River along the B27 cycle path please turn right and do not continue on the path (I had to undertake an U-turn).

Sector 20 – Cat 2 @ 38.5, 1.0km

Sector 21 – Cat 2 @ 39.9, 0.3km

Cross the B27 with care!!!!

Sector 22a– Cat 1 @ 40.8, 0.9km (a+b)

Sector 1b reversed.

Sector 22b – Cat 1

Sector 1a reversed.

End at Velodrome @43.3km

Distance includes one lap of the velodrome at start and at the finish.

I rode my CX machine to record this latest version of the 40km tour although in the past I have ridden this ride on a road bike and in the winter, it can get clogged up with mud!

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/.

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