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Blog Aachen - Gorlitz 2020

Here you find all blog articles related to my ride to Gorlitz in July 2020

I have uploaded a short movie about the ride from Aachen to Görlitz in YouTube. Check it out: https://youtu.be/_TwsLu1ug9k Being back home I enjoyed the weekend riding with friends through the lovely Eifel region on Saturday and with our cycling group on Sunday. Although in total 320km, it felt like short distance 🙂
After the last preparations on Thursday, which included a good dinner with lots of carbohydrates, my “Miles 4 Malabon” campaign started on Friday at 6:30 am. Breakfast, put everything in the car and off to Vaals to start at the border. The weather looked better than reported, but more on that later. It finally started …

We made it!

I arrived safely in Görlitz on July 11th. Unfortunately, the tracking didn’t work as hoped. Why and what can still happen on 770km, I will write you in more detail in the coming days. Many thanks to all of you for the great support, the farewell in Aachen, the countless emails and WhatsApp messages while …
… are in progress for tomorrow’s tour. This week was only light training. packing bike and things, go through and optimize all lists for the 10th time. I still feel like I’m carrying too much stuff around with me. But since it is the first time that I want to cover such a long distance …

Next week…

… I’m already on the road, hopefully for quite a while.The tension slowly increases and the final preparations are underway. Today the local press from Aachen reported on my trip and the project I support. You can find the complete articles here: https://www.aachener-zeitung.de/lokales/nordkreis/herziehrath/770-kilometer-auf-dem-rad-nonstop-bis-goerlitz_aid-51991959 https://www.aachener-nachrichten.de/lokales/nordkreis/herziehrath/770-kilometer-auf-dem-rad-nonstop-bis-goerlitz_aid-51991961 Many thanks to the RC Dorff Cycling club for support and …
ne could now write a whole novel about how athletes eat during endurance training and competitions. It is a science in itself, with an affiliated industry to market the advertised products (including books and apps). So I prefer to limit myself to what is essential for me, but it won’t be that short … A …
On Tuesday there was a photo session with Herbert Schmerz from the Malabon e.V. project group. On Wednesday i went for a long trip, and on Friday the school holidays started here in NRW. I did a total of 760km this week. Yesterday I was in wild Belgistan. A country known for excellent french fries, …
A perfect vacation day with sun and 30 degrees Celsius. The GPX track of my slightly longer tour today looks like the shape of Austria, doesn’t it? Well, the Race Around Austria is probably a bit longer, almost exactly 10 times as long (2200km). The Race Around Germany is even 3300km. The first chat with …

100 donations…

… and 5050€ already collected. If intentional or not, but the sum of all numbers from1 to 100 accumulates to 5050. You may know the legend that Gauß was able to calculate this quickly as Young Boy while being in school. Many thanks to all of you for supporting my initiative. Next week we are …

The bike…

Patrick asked in a comment to provide more detailed information about equipment and nutrition. I like doing it of course. There will be more about nutrition in the coming days. Now first about the “hardware”: I ride a Cervelo S3 with Shimano Ultegra 11-speed and disc brakes (160mm). All pretty standard. In addition a set …
I was just at Team Sportsfreund Alsdorf and picked up the jerseys for the tour! Many thanks to all sponsors and supporters! Especially Frank Rauscheid and his team. It was a challenging puzzle to get all sponsors on the shirt. But it was worth it! T-shirts are also on their way so that we can …
The first test with full equipment took place yesterday. Actually even with more equipment than I plan to take with me on the trip to Görlitz. Because I had packed two large rolls of fabric tape in case something didn’t hold. But everything held up. In the picture you can see my bike in full …

Too optimistic…

After our group trip fell victim to the rain in the morning, I was optimistic that I could take a small lap in the dry at noon. A mistake, as it turned out. But still glad to have been “out”.

Just one month…

… and slowly it gets serious. Because in four weeks from now I am going to start the ridestart. That means that all preparations have to be finalized soon. In addition to the equipment, i.e. bike, clothing, food, lighting and the most necessary spare parts, these includes navigation. I planned the route yesterday. It is …
Today I found an envelope with stickers for my bike, helmet and whatever, in the mailbox. Many thanks to Chrit, team mate of my cycling club, for support! The jerseys are in preparation. Hopefully the print job will be ready in the coming week. As soon as the jerseys arrive i will publish a photo.
Yesterday www.radsport-news.de reported about my activity. It’s great that it is now getting even more traction. Please share the link and the info with your friends! On Saturday I plan to visit Sportsfreund in Alsdorf. Frank Rauscheid is sponsoring the jerseys for the campaign. At this point I would like to thank all sponsors from …
I was able to use the long weekend for cycling. Two long tours of 200km each on Sunday and Monday are on the side. Due to the good weather, an extremely large number of people were on the move, who also used the relaxation of the Corona measures in the Netherlands with a visit to …
Thanks for your donations and support. We reached 2000€! Maybe a good opportunity for having a glass of wine. Will take some time until t the grapes here will be wine. Today close to the wineyard Domaine Salamander in Limburg, the Netherlands
Public holiday in Germany, 27 degrees Celsius and sun. Short stop after 120k having a coffee, a coke and some cookies at a friends place before targeting the final 50k for the day. What else do you want?

7 weeks to go

The last week was a good one. My Achilles heel is fine again.  I am happy to see that in total more than 1500€ were donated already. Thanks to all of you!  Frank Rauscheit from Sportsfreund Alsdorf is providing a cycling shirt for me. We will offer the possibility for sponsoring companies to hat a logo printed …
More than one month has passed now that I launched the charity activity. It is awesome that up until today you donated more than 1200 Euro already! Keep sharing the links and info with your friends and families. Every Euro counts! I will stat from today onwards to publish short infos about the preparation, the …