adventure ride – Lux to Dus – Part I

It was October 2016 when I was travelling to Luxembourg with my family. The way back I wanted to take the bike. For this I had planed two days on roads less travelled using some old railways and smaller roads along the Rur river with his lakes.

We did some parts of it in the Rapha Prestige Limburg 2015, where we took part with a team of 3 riders. So the roads especially on the second day at the Rur, were well known.

we are ready

All starts near the center of Luxembourg’s Kirchberg Plateau with signs showing the way of the old train path well paved.

well signed
paved railway








So no need to get worried about orientation, we took off heading east to our first junction heading north towards Belgium.

perfect pack #leaveitontheroad
steel on steel

To ride across the border of Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg means to me that I am actually in the middle of Europe. No frontiers any longer and you can easily ride from country to country only the language and the streetlights are changing.

Heading into the night was no problem at all because the bikelane is free of any cars and eventually animals. With a good frontlight from Lupine mounted on the frame – you only need it on the helmet when you are in the woods, dark and full of roots.

The tunnels are more or less lighted and often the scenery changes from the entry to the other side of it.

As we ride from one trainpath to the other, we are not going straight over the mountainroads but more along the rivers in the valleys.

Cities are crossed along the rivers.


Rivers are crossed on smaller bridges made of steel or wood…..

…. or even under bridges

speedy sections on wet surface do not make us afraid because no traffic cuts your line and there are no real corners where you can slip or slide.

trainpath crossing heading towards St. Vith

here you can see the trainlanes coming from different directions

and again the Belgium border

heading into the night on the Vennbahn reminds me on the night rides on the 24hour Rad am Ring event – same free roads

Rapha Prestige Limburg June 13th 2015 – we are in


                                 WE ARE READY –

so this is the kind of preparation for tomorrows big #RPLimburg 190 K someone needs


pic from Schicke Mütze, Carsten Wien


Good morning,

Hope you’re looking forward to Saturday as much as we do. Please find below important details regarding this weekend. Read them thoroughly and please share them with your team members. It’s long and boring, but crucial.
Here it is, 192 kilometers of goodness with a fair amount of climbing.
As you have seen in the pictures, there will be gravel. Sections will be smooth and packed, sections will be rough with loose rocks.
Safety First. You do not win on descents. For instance, around KM 52, you will go down ‚Der Hammer‘ (you’re welcome). It is beautiful smooth pavement that invites you to go as fast as you can. Next to upcoming motor traffic and tourists not paying attention, it has a pothole the size of Oranje’s defense popping up out of nowhere. Please be careful.
Dusty Gravel
pics from Rapha cc
As mentioned before, this is an unsupported, unmarshalled ride. Make sure you bring plenty of spare tubes, as many tools you can carry (a chain breaker and spoke tool can come in handy), food, water etc. Tubulars are comfortable, but lethal when you have a flat in the middle of nowhere.
Plenty of towns along the course to stop for a coffee, apple pie and to fill up your bidons.
We have two checkpoints where you will need to stamp your brevet card. The checkpoints are at the Eupen Dam, immediately above the dam is a restaurant as well. No technical support at the check point next to a floor pump.

The unmarshalled part means that next to handing out a cue sheet at the start and the attached GPX/TCX file, there is no route marking. This course has many twists and turns so please pay attention to the cues, but also take your time to enjoy the surroundings.
pics from Rapha cc
Rocky Gravel
pics from Rapha cc














Good afternoon and congratulations,

We’re happy to announce that your application to participate in the Rapha Prestige Limburg has been successful and that we’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday June 13th at ‚t Hijgend Hert.
To bring you one step closer to the Rapha Prestige in Limburg, I kindly ask you, as team leader, to arrange the payment.
The payment needs to be made before Wednesday May 13th, 2015 and from the person who signed the team up. Once we received your team’s payment, your participation will be confirmed and the physical and tactical team training phase may officially begin.
The course is beautiful as you may expect in that area. Some perfect roads, some not-so-perfect, some roads that may need a redefinition of the word ‚road‘. Woods, farmland, towns, lakes, monuments and rivers. In short, a fantastic exploration day on the bike.
pic from
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If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me. And no, you can’t get the route at this stage, it will be announced a few days before June 13th.

Rapha – The Festive 500


heute geht es los…

es gilt 500 km vom 24.12. bis 31.12. zu „sammeln“!

Dafür gab es von Rapha noch die exklusive Sitzcreme..

Rapha condor sharp cycling team replica

Rapha condor sharp cycling team replica


…sehr zur Freude der Familie mit 1 Std. im Neandertal

Die ersten 30 km habe ich hinter mir!

Am 25.12.12 war erst einmal Pause.

long shadow

long shadow


26.12. – 3 1/2 Std. mit 105 km

mühsam ernährt sich das Eichhörnchen

river deep - riding high

river deep – riding high

27.12. – heute ging es mit 35 km weiter….

28.12. – und wieder 80 km…

morgen mehr, diesmal mit Unterstützung…


in the moots

in the moots

 zählen die km heute mit Markus doppelt?

schöne Runde mit ups and downs (in jeder Hinsicht..)

durch die Hügel zwischen Ratingen und Mettmann!

das wären dann also 2 x 55 km

und heute die night shift (mit Lionel Richie.. und moonlightning – ihr wisst was ich meine)

moots night shift moon light ning

moots night shift  moon light ning


3 Std. im Fokus der Helmlampe (Lupine – mittlere Stufe) und am Lenker (Sigma Karma Evo)

als Rücklicht diente eine kleine Lezyne (hat einen schönen mode mit auf- und abbauendem Licht)

macht richtig Spaß und schon wieder große Lust auf dem Ring eine Runde bei highspeed zu drehen!

80 km

bleiben noch…. zwei Stunden volle Pulle – mal sehen ob ich es packe,

wenn nicht, dann sicher im nächsten Jahr!!!

die letzten 66 km – done

shave the pavé

shave the pavé

geschafft – (mit Unterstützung) !!!

ready for the new years race action….

Rad am Ring 2013!!

Rad am Ring 2013!!