Strade Bianche de Gutingi 76km Route

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We celebrate the Strade Bianche race with an informal gravel ride featuring 43 sectors of the ´Weißen Straßen´of Göttingen plus concrete/asphalt feldweg, dirt, asphalt cycle paths and public roads.

This revised route merges the previous 66 and 72km rides. It includes the same different way out from the velodrome as the newer 43 and 56km routes, plus there is the introduction of a West-Side loop (as featured in the 56km). There are new  gravel sectors at Friedland to Marzhausen and a southern loop where we ride up to the old DDR border (DDR Bunker) via Bisenhausen.

From here we return to the velodrome featuring a series of eleven stiff climbs (of 13 in total) on the East-Side of the Leine Valley with the last taking us up and past the Diemarden Warte.

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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 Homage Ride´ 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/8535751533
Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/6892422426
Komoot: https://www.komoot.com/tour/720569351

The GPS Ride: https://veloklubhaus.com/2022/03/27/go-strade-bianche-mmkm-march-27-2022-gravel-road-ride/

Gallery

Gö Strade Bianche – 76.52 km
43 Gravel Sectors – 37.1 Km ca/approx.
13 Climbs – 782m elevation
Feldweg – 25.3 km ca/approx.
Strassen: 14.1 km ca/approx.

The Route
Sector/Category/@/Sector Length

Göttingen Velodrome @ 0km, 0km

Note: Watch out for walkers on the shared path out from the velodrome, be nice!

Sector 1a – Cat 1 @ 1.5, 0.9km (a + b)

Sector 1b – Cat 1

Sector 2 – Cat 2 @ 3.0, 0.6km

Sector 3 – Cat 3 @ 3.5, 0.1km

Reinshof Farm Yard, cobbles and loose large stones.

Sector 4 – Cat 2 @ 3.6, 0.3km

Brilliant white in the summer.

Sector 5 – Cat 2 @ 3.8, 0.7km

Gö West-Side Loop @ 5.1km – dedicated to the Dengie Tour.

We deviate from the 43km route at this point following the one also taken by the 56 kilometre ride.

Note:
W
atch out for walkers, be nice!

Sector 6 – Cat 1 @ 8.5 – 0.6km

Sector 7 – Cat 2 @ 9.0 – 1.6km

Sieboldhausen @ 11.4km

Sector 8 – Cat 1 @ 11.4 – 0.3km

Sector 9 – Cat 3 @ 12.2 – 1.2km

Niedernjesa Railway @ 14.9km

Sector 10 – Cat 1 @ 14.9, 1.2km

Obernjesa @ 16.4km

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

Asphalt or cobbles at Obernjesa? 

Sector 11a – Cat 2 @ 17.3 – 0.6km (a+b)

There are two benches on this climb at the start and finish with the latter offering a good view of Gö.

*Sector 11b – Cat 2 – 7.9% Max Climb – 0.3km long

Sector 12a – Cat 1 @ 18.8, 0.5km (a+b)

Sector 12b – Cat 3. Descent.

Sector 13 – Cat 2 @ 19.4, 0.4km

Cross the wooden bridge, this is slippery when wet.

Sector 14 – Cat 3 @ 19.8, 0.7km

Sector 15a – Cat 2 @ 21.2, 0.7km (a+b+c)

A cool picnic spot and there is shelter.

Sector 15b – Cat 3. Descent.

Left turn.

Sector 15c – Cat 1

Sector 16 – Cat 2 @ 22.7, 0.5km

Autobahn A38 @ 23.5km

Sector 17 – Cat 2 @ 24.0, 0.6km. Descent!

Sector 18a – Cat 2 @ 24.9, 1.7km.  (a+b)

This sector crosses other farm roads so be watchful.

Sector 18b– Cat 1

Elkerhausen @ 26.7km

A second time under the A38.

Sector 19 – Cat 2 @ 27.1, 2.3km

Klein Schneen @ 29.7km

Sector 20 – Cat 2 @ 30.3, 0.8km

Sector 21 – Cat 1 @ 32.4 – 1.6km

We deviate from the 43 and 56km routes at this point.

Friedland @ 34.7km

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.

*We cross the railway line and go left onto Schloßstrasse which weaves us upwards, leading onto a 12% plus asphalt climb. At the top we turn off the smooth stuff and encounter a descent made up of broken concrete.

Sector 22a – Cat 3 @ 35.9 – 1.6km (a+b). Descent!

As the broken concrete/asphalt ends we rise briefly onto gravel, but quicky the trail goes down peaking at 14% and is rough in places

Sector 22b – Cat 1 (Cat 2 under Autobahn)

This sector is benign for the most part but under the Autobahn bridge it is potholed and bumpy.

Marzhausen @ 37.1km

Sector 23a – Cat 1 @ 39.6 – 0.9

The Autobahn is on our right.

Sector 23b – Cat 1

Under the Autobahn.

Sector 24a – Cat 1 @ 41.0 – 0.8km (a+b)

Sector 24b – Cat 2

We go left and join the defunct Arenshausen to Friedland Railway.

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Niedergandern @ 41.6km

Besenhausen @ 42.9km

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

*Sector 25a – Cat 2 @ 43.0 – 2.4 (a+b+c+d). Climb.

This a tough climb along what was once the Iron Curtain on our right hand-side (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.

Sector 25b – Cat 2. Descent.

Sector 25c – Cat 1

The Autobahn on the right.

Sector 25d – Cat 1

Under the Autobahn where it can be muddy.

*Sector 26a – Cat 1 @ 46.6 – 2.2 (a+b+c+d+e)

Here we begin a series of rolling hills which combined with the gravel contribute to it being one of the toughest sectors of the ride.

*Sector 26b – Cat 2

*Sector 26c – Cat 2

Sector 26d – Cat 1

We turn away from Reiffenhausen.

*Sector 26e – Cat 2

*We turn off the gravel and head for the asphalt climb, getting respite from the gravel with the reward of a long fast descent to the next section of rough stuff.

Ludolfhausen @ 50.7km

Turn right off the smooth and fast road

Sector 27– Cat 3 @ 54.0 – 1.3km

Red strade and a surprisingly fast descent.

Sector 28 – Cat 1 @ 55.4 – 0.5km

We join the 40 and 56 kilometre tours at this point.

Ballenhausen @ 55.8km

Sector 29a – Cat 2 @ 55.9, 1.2km (a+b)

Sector 29b – Cat 2

Includes a descent.

Ballenhausen @ 58.8km

2nd time in Ballenhausen. This section is not included in the 43km tour.

*Sector 30 – Cat 3  @ 58.9, 0.2km. Climb.

Sector 31a – Cat 2  @ 59.7, 0.7km

Sector 31b – Cat 2

*Sector 32 – Cat 3  @ 60.5, 0.3km. Climb.

We descend and then climb taking a sharp left turn.

Sector 33 – Cat 3  @ 62.2, 0.3km

Reinhausen @ 62.5km

*Sector 34 – Cat 2 @ 63.0, 0.7km. Climb.

Sector 35 – Cat 2  @ 63.8, 0.3km

Diemarden @ 65.5km

Sector 36a – Cat 1 @ 66.3, 1.5km (a+b)

*Sector 37b – Cat 2. Climb.

Sector 38a – Cat 2 @ 66.7, 1.5km (a+b+c)

*Sector 38b – Cat 2. Climb.

Atop the hill is the Diemarden Warte @68.4km which features also on the All Along the Watchtower tour.

Sector 38c – Cat 3. Descent!

Once past the watchtower we venture onto a fast descent with rough sections and WATCH OUT for walkers, or bikes and horses.

Sector 39 – Cat 1 @ 69.6 – 0.5km

Sector 40a – Cat 2 @ 70.5, 0.3km (a+b)

Sector 40b – Cat 2

Sector 41 – Cat 2 @ 71.8, 1.0km

We merge with the 43 and 56 kilometre routes here.

Sector 42 – Cat 2 @ 73.2, 0.1km

Cross the B27 with care!!!!

Sector 43a – Cat 1 @ 74.0, 0.9km (a+b)

Sector 1b reversed.

Sector 43b – Cat 1

Sector 1a reversed.

Note: Watch out for walkers, be nice!

End at Velodrome @ 76.5km (includes a lap at the start and finish of the velodrome)

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

Göttingen Velodrome @ 0km, 0km
Sector 1a – Cat 1 @ 1.5, 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, 0.3km
Sector 5 – Cat 2 @ 3.8, 0.7km
Gö West-Side Loop @ 5.1km
Sector 6 – Cat 1 @ 8.5 – 0.6km
Sector 7 – Cat 2 @ 9.0 – 1.6km
Sieboldhausen @ 11.4km
Sector 8 – Cat 1 @ 11.4 – 0.3km
Sector 9 – Cat 3 @ 12.2 – 1.2km
Niedernjesa Railway @ 14.9km
Sector 10 – Cat 1 @ 14.9, 1.2km
Obernjesa @ 16.4km
Sector 11a – Cat 2 @ 17.3 – 0.6km (a+b)
*Sector 11b – Cat 2 – 7.9% Max Climb – 0.3km long
Sector 12a – Cat 1 @ 18.8, 0.5km (a+b)
Sector 12b – Cat 3. Descent.
Sector 13 – Cat 2 @ 19.4, 0.4km
Sector 14 – Cat 3 @ 19.8, 0.7km
Sector 15a – Cat 2 @ 21.2, 0.7km (a+b+c)
Sector 15b – Cat 2. Descent.
Sector 15c – Cat 1
Sector 16 – Cat 2 @ 22.7, 0.5km
Autobahn A38 @ 23.5km
Sector 17 – Cat 2 @ 24.0, 0.6km. Descent!
Sector 18a – Cat 2 @ 24.9, 1.7km.  (a+b)
Sector 18b– Cat 1
Elkerhausen @ 26.7km
Sector 19 – Cat 2 @ 27.1, 2.3km
Klein Schneen @ 29.7km
Sector 20 – Cat 2 @ 30.3, 0.8km
Sector 21 – Cat 1 @ 32.4 – 1.6km
Friedland @ 34.7km
Sector 22a – Cat 3 @ 35.9 – 1.6km (a+b). Descent!
Sector 22b – Cat 1 (Cat 2 under bridge)
Marzhausen @ 37.1km
Sector 23a – Cat 1 @ 39.6 – 0.9
Sector 23b – Cat 1
Sector 24a – Cat 1 @ 41.0 – 0.8km (a+b)
Sector 24b – Cat 2
Niedergandern @ 41.6km
Besenhausen @ 42.9km

*Sector 25a – Cat 2 @ 43.0 – 2.4 (a+b+c+d). Climb.
Sector 25b – Cat 2. Descent.
Sector 25c – Cat 1
Sector 25d – Cat 1
*Sector 26a – Cat 1 @ 46.6 – 2.2 (a+b+c+d+e)
*Sector 26b – Cat 2
*Sector 26c – Cat 2
Sector 26d– Cat 1
*Sector 26e – Cat 2
Ludolfhausen @ 50.7km
Sector 27– Cat 3 @ 54.0 – 1.3km
Sector 28 – Cat 1 @ 55.4 – 0.5km
Ballenhausen @ 55.8km
Sector 29a – Cat 2 @ 55.9, 1.2km (a+b)
Sector 29b – Cat 2
Ballenhausen @ 58.8km
*Sector 30 – Cat 3  @ 58.9, 0.2km. Climb.
Sector 31a – Cat 2  @ 59.7, 0.7km
Sector 31b – Cat 2
*Sector 32 – Cat 3  @ 60.5, 0.3km. Climb.
Sector 33 – Cat 3  @ 62.2, 0.3km
Reinhausen @ 62.5km
*Sector 34 – Cat 2 @ 63.0, 0.7km. Climb.
Sector 35 – Cat 2 @ 63.8, 0.3km
Diemarden @ 65.5km
Sector 36a – Cat 1 @ 66.3, 1.5km (a+b)
*Sector 37b – Cat 2. Climb.
Sector 38a – Cat 2 @ 66.7, 1.5km (a+b+c)
*Sector 38b – Cat 2. Climb.
Diemarden Warte @68.4km
Sector 38c – Cat 3. Descent!
Sector 39 – Cat 1 @ 69.6 – 0.5km
Sector 40a – Cat 2 @ 70.5, 0.3km (a+b)
Sector 40b – Cat 2
Sector 41 – Cat 2 @ 71.8, 1.0km
Sector 42 – Cat 2 @ 73.2, 0.1km
Sector 43a– Cat 1 @ 74.0, 0.9km (a+b)
Sector 43b – Cat 1
End at Velodrome @ 76.5km (includes a lap at the start and finish of the velodrome)

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/).

Translation
Translated from the English by Andrea Höfling – Danke !!!!!!

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