Sunday, 4 February 2007

I’ll cross that bridge…

Filed under: Cycling — Michael @ 22:03

Every year since 1996 Hamburg has hosted a bicycle race, The Cyclassics, for professionals and amateurs. The amateurs can choose between a 55km, a 100km, or a 155km route. For the first few years I did this race I did the 55km course. Last year a friend and riding partner, Volker, convinced me we should try the 100km route. I was a bit concerned going into it. I mean I have ridden 100km and more in a day many times but had never done such a distance with the point being to do it in as short a time as possible!
Well, the short story is, we did it and though it was hard work it felt great. Certainly the high point of the 100km course is crossing the Köhlbrandbrücke, a rather impressive bridge over the river Elbe. It is a high point because, well, it’s high, it is very cool to have the opportunity to cross this bridge on a bike, and it marks the beginning of the home stretch to the finish line.
Here’s Volker and I (I’m on the right) as we begin the descent. Just a few kilometers more!

The picture was taken by a service company, First Foto Factory. I only just recently saw it because it was filed under their “unidentified” category. I bought a print for each of us. There we were on the Köhlbrandbrücke!
So, the registration just wrapped up for this years race. 22.000 particpants with 10.000 doing the 100km course! Volker and I will be among them on August 19th. I’m already looking forward to it!

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