Team Standert at the Schwarzwald Giro 2015
All Photos by Constantin Gerlach
The Schwarzwald Giro. It’s a young but already well known and established annual event located in the Black Forest or as we say Schwarzwald. It’s not a race, there are no start numbers, no times taken and no points to sprint for. But there are a lot of friends and every year new friends to be.
This year we started in Basel, a city you sure should visit. We Berliners were quite a bunch rolling into Basel on Friday noon after driving the car through the whole of Germany since 5 o’clock in the morning.
At 6PM we met with the first riders for the official pre-pre event of the Schwarzwald Giro. A nice night ride up the Gempen which is the “Hausberg” for Basler cyclists. Up there we caught a superb sunset and rode back. Which was mostly high speed descending, as flatlanders, in the dark. Turned out to be real fun and everybody had big smiles in their faces as we were back at our hostel. A good start into a promising weekend.
Saturday started quite early because there is some kind of ritual. As we Berliners ride in mostly flat terrain all year we use every minute we can to put some elevation on those Strava profiles. That’s why we do a #brolog. It’s a ride before the official Prolog of the Schwarzwald Giro on saturday. Last year the #brolog was around 50k and the Prolog was 60k. This year our #brolog was 50k again but the Prolog grew to 100k. So we put our legs to a good test. Afterwards we enjoyed the BBQ at Obst&Gemüse, the shop that was kind of our basecamp for the weekend. A little later we sat at the Rhein and drank a last beer before it was sleeping time to be ready for what was waiting on sunday for us. The actual event. With already 200k and 2.600m of climbing in the legs.
Sunday. Schwarzwald Giro 2015. They day and the ride we all came to Basel for. A whole day in the saddle with some new additions like a long and steep gravel climb and a gravel descend. Almost everybody went for 25c tires or bigger. Starting at Obst&Gemüse again we rolled around 40k to the point where we met the other half of the riders coming from Freiburg. We sure felt what we did the day before. But still the legs were good (most of the time). From the meeting point we went directly onto the gravel uphill section that getting steeper and steeper the further we got (up to 17%). Additionally the rain left some ditches that did not help to make the climbing easier. But in the end everybody made it up to the Hochblauen, the highest point of our route. There we had a little ice cream and beer (without alcohol) and some rest before we attacked the first long and fast descend. What followed were three more climbs and descends and a super fast home stretch back to Basel.
The day was just perfect. The Schwarzwald Giro may be one of the friendliest events you can go to. Only nice people, a lot of them friends we made at last years edition. Everybody is waiting for everybody at the top of the climbs and there is always a laugh going through the groups riding along.
Back in Basel we directly headed to the corner shop, grabbed a beer and put our legs into the cold Rhein. A long night of car driving was waiting for us.
Thanks to Philipp for organizing this great event. We will be back for next years adventure!
your Team Standert