As Leslie, of the infamous 'Travels With a Tin Donkey' blog, has gazumped me with a daringly early publication of the ride review - he's also done a far better job than I could (I'd only end up inundating him with questions of the ilk, 'what was that blue Colnago with the eroica bottle called?' 'How do you spell ....? etc!) I thought I'd simply post a link to his site and fill my page with photo's.
This was a ride of 60 km with a blissful 190 hm and, despite the weather, a large turnout. Visit Leslie's blog for a full detailed ride review.
Here's the route, ah, the bliss, the joy of absolutely no 10%+ inclines every few km. A fine loop with two crossings of the Rhein.
As - sigh - I seem to have misplaced all my photo's, here are some of Leslie's to be getting in with... I shall post as soon as they are tracked down (hope you don't mind Leslie?)
|Photo: L.Reissner (with me in red Rapha!)|
The designer Aladdin's cave that is Ricci Sports - our start, finish and croissant eating point. Visit it if you can - I've never seen a bike shop quite like it.
A pre-ride carb' and caffeine loading party (I had a banana!) It was comforting to see so much fine Rapha kit on display.
|Photo: L. Reissner|
The fine & generous 'Bauern Café',
proprietor: Kerstin Schaumloeffel.
|Photo: N. K. Dey|
A fine stopping point during a Rhein ride; the staff are friendly and the cakes and biscuits delicious (I was given a bag of the latter, gratis - later demolished by Enrico and Leslie... I had one!)
I can only reiterate my hearfelt thanks to Conrad, Carsten and all who helped make a dreary day in Dusseldorf a lot of fun.
See you all next month!