Riding and freezing in Münsingen
What a year – first we moved from Munich to Stuttgart, than I changed jobs. Taking my time to get out with the bike gets harder and harder. Stuttgart is a perfect place to ride with its many hills and forests close to the city center. On an evening loop of 20 km you easily get in 500 metres of climbing. I only wish I could make more use of this Singletrail city. To force myself into some harder and longer rides, I signed up for two races on the beautiful Swabian Alb. My personal wake up calls for the season 2012.
The first one was the “Frühjahrsmarathon” (aka Spring Marathon) in Münsingen. The German Federal League of Mountainbiking was to hold their XC-races there on Sunday. Traditionally, the Saturday was reserved for the Marathon. The big problem of the day was the temperature. At the start it was freezing three degress. Since the Alb is known for slightly capricious weather I had luckily brought everything I would need in the range between minus five and plus thirty. What I didn’t expect however was how packed the course would be during the first 30 to 45 minutes of the race. Steering a Singlespeed through the racer’s crowd on a steep climb is no fun: When you’re not able to overtake during the climbs it sucks even more if the geared folks rush by on the flat passages. Nevertheless, all in all the race was really ok. In the end of the race, we rode through some of the passages of next day’s XC-track. It was really technical and a good end for a race that otherwise lacked singletracks completely. I finished in 2 hours 11 minutes which I find is not too bad on a singlespeed for 45 km and 940 metres of climbing. Well, at least for the lazy self of mine.
On the next weekend, the Mountainbike Marathon in Veringendorf close to Sigmaringen was my task. The course has 53 km and 1.200 metres of climbing. Doable. However, two things came in the way of a glorious victory: First, I had a cold during the whole week, which finally disappeared in the night before the race. Second, a very good friend of mine had his bachelor party on Saturday where I went and where I drank one or two beers if I remember correctly. Two good excuses.
So, we went to Veringendorf anyway and had a really good day in the end. The course turned out to be one of the better ones I know and although I only had a so-so-day in terms of shape the race was fun: Very fast, very bumpy, very dusty. Oh, and I did something really crazy: Even before I knew of the problems during the week before the race I decided to use my On One Inbred for a race again. This meant: I not only used gears. I also rode a 26-inch-bike. I love the Inbred, it’s a fun bike that I ride quite often. However, when I compare the two race days the advantages of big wheels get pretty obvious again. By the way: I finished midpackish in 2 hours 40 or so.
At the final descent of Veringendorf Marathon
Next race will be the 24 hours of Munich in a four-rider-team. I’m really looking forward, it will be great fun!