Hochsauerland 2022 – Stage 2

Long story short: soaked, cold, miserable and a closed restaurant where I planned a (lunch) break.

Today’s stage was one of the courses I plotted last week, but weather cannot be plotted, so I should either have scrapped it – it was raining lightly when I started – or, as I usually do, just go with flow.

I was hoping for a little more occasional periods of “drizzle”, though, but I got proper rain for about 3/4 of the ride.

My expensive Castelli wind and water proof jacket is worth every penny, but even the best shoe covers only hold out the water for about 30 minutes.

Not to mention the bib shorts and gloves – I had to switch to “winter” (6-14 degrees) waterproof gloves because my fingers were getting numb…

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Up Next: Hochsauerland

Tomorrow we’ll depart for the Hochsauerland area, our base camp being an apartment – or “FeWo” for Ferienwohnung – in Medebach.

This will be our third trip there, but unlike when going to the Alps, where you can basically never go wrong if you want to climb a mountain, this will still need some planning.

Luckily, the splendid site “Bike Arena Sauerland” has all the trips listed that you need and I’ve picked a few.

If you follow the link to that website, you can see that it’s already concentrated on the area we go to and the rides (filters) I want to pick from.

I’ve selected trips that either start in or pass through Medebach (or at least pass by close to it).

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Hochsauerland 2016

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Medebach Hochsauerland

After our previous trip to the Hochsauerland area in 2014, I promised to come back one day for more cycling and last week we made good on that promise.

Like last time, we rented a cottage in Medebach, which is in ‘High Sauerland District’, the area where the highest ‘mountains’ are located.

And while these, or any other climb around here, will not make it onto my ‘been there, done that‘ list, they offer enough altimeter gains to help you finish a Strava climbing challenge in no time…

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