Strade Bianche de Gutingi Suggested 72km Route

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Suggested Route (72km extended version)
We celebrate the Strade Bianche race with an informal gravel ride featuring the ´Weißen Straßen´of Göttingen plus concrete, dirt, tarmac cycle paths and public roads.

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

The suggested route (you can also follow your own path) begins at the Göttingen velodrome where we soon hit the first of 43 gravel sectors (some of which are sub-sectioned) and we head out along the Leine Valley/ train line. A series of gravel sections takes us under the A38 Autobahn four times.

The added sections (19/20/21) take us beyond Reckerhausen and onto Besenhausen (cafe and toilets) and we visit the old Íron Curtain´ via Friedland.

For the fourth and final time we go under the Autobahn and after that the route is basically as the 66km and then the 55km at Ballenhausen where we climb up to the Drachenberg. We then drop down to Geismar. Here seven final gravel sections await before we arrive back at the velodrome.

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/5188021581
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/3713540050
Komoot: https://www.komoot.com/tour/236018834

The GPS Ride: Gutingi Strade Bianche 72km – July 4 2020 Road/Gravel Ride

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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/.

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 72km
Gravel: 35.4km
Public Roads: 13.3km
Farm roads/Cycle paths: 24.1km
Total Distance: 72.8km

Climbs
The route is not flat and there many ups and downs with those sectors marked * being significant if shortish climbs. Most of these come near ride end when your legs are tired!

Göttingen Velodrome @ 0 – 0 km
Sector/Cat/@/length
Sector 1a – Cat 1 @: 0.7  – 1.3km (a+b)
Sector 1b – Cat 1
Sector 2 – Cat 1  @: 2.0  – 0.5km
Sector 3 – Cat 1 @: 2.5 – 0.4km
Sector 4 – Cat 2 @: 3.4 – 0.5km
Sector 5 – Cat 3 @: 4.1 – 0.2km
Sector 6 – Cat 2 @: 4.3 – 0.2km
Sector 7 – Cat 2 @: 4.5 – 1.1km
Niedernjesa @ 8.5km
Sector 8 –  Cat 1 @: 8.8 – 1.3km
Oberjesa @ 10.1km
Sector 9a – Cat 2 @:  11.3 – 0.7km (a+b)
Sector 9b – Cat 2
Sector 10 – Cat 3 @: 12.0 – 0.8km
Sector 11a – Cat 2 @: 13.5 – 0.4km (a+b+c)
Sector 11b – Cat 2 (Left turn)
Sector 11c – Cat 1
Sector 12 – Cat 2 @: 14.7 – 0.5km
Autobahn A38 @ 15.7km
Sector 13 – Cat 2 @: 16.1 – 0.6km
Sector 14a – Cat 2 @:  16.9 – 0.5km (a+b+c)
Sector 14b – Cat 2
Sector 14c – Cat 3
Marzhausen @ 19.2km
Sector 15 – Cat 3 @: 19.2 – 0.4km
Sector 16 – Cat 1 @: 19.7 – 0.7km
Elkerhausen @ 20.6km
Sector 17 – Cat 2 @: 21.0 – 2.1km
Klein Schneen @ 23.5km
Sector 18 – Cat 2 @ 24.3 – 0.6km
Sector 19 – Cat 1 @ 26.3 – 1.6km
Freidland @ 28.5km
Reckerhausen @ 30.2km
Sector 20a – Cat 1 @ 31.4 – 0.9
Sector 20b – Cat 1
Niedergandern @ 32.9km
Besenhausen @ 33.8km
Sector 21a – Cat 2 @ 34.0 – 2.4 (a+b+c+d)
Sector 21b – Cat 1
Sector 21c – Cat 1
Sector 21d – Cat 1
Sector 22a – Cat 1 @ 37.7 – 2.2 (a+b+c+d+e)
Sector 22b – Cat 2
Sector 22c – Cat 2
Sector 22d- Cat 1
Sector 22e – Cat 2
Ludolfhausen @ 41.7km
Sector 23- Cat 2 @ 45.1 – 1.3km
Sector 24 – Cat 1 @ 46.5 – 0.5km
Ballenhausen @ 46.0km
Sector 25a – Cat 2 @: 46.8 – 1.2km (a+b)
Sector 25b – Cat 2
Hasenwinkel @ 48.1km
Ballenhausen @ 49.8km
Sector 26* – Cat 2  @: 49.8 – 0.2km
Sector 27a  – Cat 2  @: 50.6 – 0.5km (a+b)
Sector 27b  – Cat 2
Sector 28*  – Cat 3  @: 51.6 – 0.3km
Sector 29 – Cat 3  @: 52.6 – 0.4km
Reinhausen @ 53.4km
Sector 30* – Cat 2 @: 53.9 – 1.4km
Sector 31  – Cat 1  @: 54.9 – 0.4km
Diemarden @ 56.4km
Sector 32a – Cat 1 @: 57.1 – 1.5km (a+b)
Sector 32b* – Cat 2
Sector 33a – Cat 2 @: 58.7 – 1.5km (a+b+c)
Sector 33b* – Cat 2
Sector 33c- Cat 1
Sector 34 – Cat 1 @: 60.4 – 0.1km
Sector 35 – Cat 1 @: 60.8 – 0.5km
Sector 36 – Cat 3 @: 61.4 – 0.6km
Geismar @ 63.2km
Sector 37 – Cat 2 @: 63.7 – 0.9km
Sector 38a – Cat 2 @: 65.3 – 0.7km (a+b)
Sector 38b – Cat 2
Sector 39 – Cat 2 @: 66.7 – 1.0km
Sector 40 – Cat 2 @ 68.1 – 0.4km
Sector 41 – Cat 2 @ 68.9 – 0.4km
Sector 42 – Cat 1 (Sector 2 reversed) @ 69.6 – 0.5km
Sector 43a – Cat 1 (Sector 1b reversed) @:  70.1 – 1.2km (a+b)
Sector 43b – Cat 1 (Sector 1a reversed)
End at Velodrome @  72.8km (This includes one lap of the velodrome at start and at ride end.

Göttingen Velodrome @ 0 – 0 km

Sector 1a – Cat 1 @: 0.7  – 1.3km (a+b)

Sector 1b – Cat 1

Sector 2 – Cat 1 @: 2.0  – 0.5km

Sector 3 – Cat 1 @: 2.5 – 0.4km

Sector 4 – Cat 2 @: 3.4 – 0.5km

Sector 5 – Cat 3 @: 4.1 – 0.2km (Farm Yard, cobbles and loose large stones)

Sector 6 – Cat 2 @: 4.3 – 0.2km (Brilliant white in the summer)

Sector 7 – Cat 2 @: 4.5 – 1.1km

Summer

Winter

Niedernjesa @ 8.5km (We turn away just before it)

Sector 8 –  Cat 1 @: 8.8 – 1.3km

Oberjesa @ 10.1km

Sector 9a – Cat 2 @:  11.3 – 0.7km (a+b)

Sector 9b – Cat 2

Sector 10 – Cat 3 @: 12.0 – 0.8km

Sector 11a – Cat 2 @: 13.5 – 0.4km (a+b+c)

Sector 11b – Cat 2 (Left turn)

Sector 11c – Cat 1

Sector 12 – Cat 2 @: 14.7 – 0.5km

Autobahn A38@ 15.7km

Sector 13 – Cat 2 @: 16.1 – 0.6

Sector 14a – Cat 2 @:  16.9 – 0.5km (a+b+c)

Sector 14b – Cat 2

Sector 14c – Cat 3 (Ends with a stone littered climb)

Marzhausen @ 19.2km (We turn away just before it)

Sector 15 – Cat 3 @: 19.2 – 0.4km

Sector 16 – Cat 1 @: 19.7 – 0.7km

Elkerhausen @ 20.6km

Sector 17 – Cat 2 @: 21.0 – 2.1km (A second time under the A38)

Klein Schneen @ 23.5km

Sector 18 – Cat 2 @ @ 24.3 – 0.6km

The route diverts here from the 55km and onto the 66km ride
The extended route takes us away from Groß Schneen and instead we seek out more Strade Bianche via Friedland, Reckerhausen and Ludolfhausen.

Sector 19 – Cat 1 @ 26.3 – 1.6km

Friedland @ 28.5km  (Where there is a rail station & Friedland Transit Camp plus monument)

Reckerhausen @ 30.2km (There is a bike shop here https://www.fahrradke.de/ and a Marshall Amp Museum– we turn right and cross over the Leine)

We depart from the 66km route here.

Sector 20a – Cat 1 @ 31.4 – 0.9 (The Autobahn is on our right)

Sector 20b – Cat 1 (Under the Autobahn)

Niedergandern @ 32.9km

Besenhausen @ 33.8km (There is a cafe and toilets here – Wednesday to Sunday from 1pm – not winter)

Sector 21a – Cat 2 @ 34.0 – 2.4 (a+b+c+d) (An information board highlights that the Internal Border was removed in 1989 from this area)

 

Sector 21b – Cat 1

Sector 21c – Cat 1 (The Autobahn on the right)

Sector 21d – Cat 1 (Under the Autobahn yet again where it can be tricky)

Sector 22a – Cat 1 @ 37.7 – 2.2 (a+b+c+d+e)

Sector 22b – Cat 2

Sector 22c – Cat 2

Sector 22d– Cat 1 (We turn away from Reiffenhausen)

Sector 22e – Cat 2

(We turn off the gravel and head for the tarmac climb rising up onto the hill, getting respite from the gravel with the reward of a long fast descent to the next section of rough stuff)

Ludolfhausen @ 41.7km

Turn right off the smooth and fast road

Sector 23– Cat 2 @ 45.1 – 1.3km (´Red´ strade followed by a fast descent)

Sector 24 – Cat 1 @ 46.5 – 0.5km

Ballenhausen @ 46.0km (We rejoin the 55/62km route here)

Sector 25a – Cat 2 @: 46.8 – 1.2km (a+b)

Sector 25b – Cat 2

Hasenwinkel @ 48.1km

Hasenwinkel

Ballenhausen @ 49.8km (2nd time)

Sector 26* – Cat 2 @: 49.8 – 0.2km

Sector 27a  – Cat 2 @: 50.6 – 0.5km (a+b)

Sector 27b  – Cat 2

Sector 28*  – Cat 3  @: 51.6 – 0.3km (Climb after a  downward sharp left turn)

Sector 29– Cat 3 @: 52.6 – 0.4km

Reinhausen @ 53.4km

Sector 30* – Cat 2 @: 53.9 – 1.4km

Sector 31  – Cat 1 @: 54.9 – 0.4km

Diemarden @ 56.4km

Sector 32a – Cat 1 @: 57.1 – 1.5km (a+b)

Sector 32b* – Cat 2

Sector 33a – Cat 2 @: 58.7 – 1.5km (a+b+c)

Sector 33b* – Cat 2

Sector 33c– Cat 1 (Right turn before the watchtower)

Sector 34 – Cat 1 @: 60.4 – 0.1km (The shortest section of gravel)

Sector 35 – Cat 1 @ 60.8 – 0.5km

Sector 36 – Cat 3 @: 61.4 – 0.6km. This downhill section is dedicated to the Dengie Tour

Geismar @ 63.2km

Sector 37 – Cat 2 @: 63.7 – 0.9km (Features a cat 3 right turn)

Sector 38a – Cat 2 @: 65.3 – 0.7km (a+b)

Sector 38b – Cat 2

Sector 39 – Cat 2 @: 66.7 – 1.0km

Sector 40 – Cat 2 @ 68.1 – 0.4km (Cross the B27 with care!!!!)

Sector 41 – Cat 2 @ 68.9 – 0.4km

Sector 42– Cat 1 @ 69.6 – 0.5km (Sector 2 reversed)

Sector 43a – Cat 1 @:  70.1 – 1.2km (a+b) (Sector 1b reversed)

Sector 43b – Cat 1 (Sector 1a reversed)

End at Velodrome @  72.8km  (This includes one lap of the velodrome at start and at ride end)

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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