Category Archives: Cycling

Franconian Switzerland

Introduction

The global pandemic has thwarted a great deal of my (and probably everyone else’s) scheduled holidays and confined me to my apartment in Nuremberg since mid-March.

Fortunately, solitary outdoor exercises were and are still allowed to date, and so I’ve made the best of the situation and cycled extensively through solitary landscapes in Franconia.

The Franconian Switzerland is an upland in Upper Franconia not far off from Nuremberg (which is situated in Middle Franconia).

I visited the Franconian Switzerland fairly often during my student days with my buddies, for …

Comfort zone crusher: Col du Tourmalet

Table of contents

  1. Prologue
  2. The Pyrenees
  3. Col du Tourmalet
  4. Hunt for the Col
  5. Epilogue

Prologue

How to deal with a broken pedal in high altitude mountains

I am on around 1300 meters altitude and the snow is glittering in the early afternoon sun.

It is the beginning of December, but I am wearing a simple cotton T-shirt while standing at the roadside ditch, my hands on the handlebar of my MTB.

As I was climbing up this mountain half an hour ago, a jeep was passing me by, and the …

Engineering series 5: Rhine-Main-Danube Canal

Introduction

Apart from hiking, cycling is one of my favorite activities during weekends or short vacations.

Bike tours alongside the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal between Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg, Middle Franconia) and Bamberg (Upper Franconia) belong to my personal subset of uncomplicated and convenient tours which do not demand much of a preparation.

There are virtually no climbs, and the track is more or less on my doorstep. For the seventy kilometers from Nürnberg to the city center of Bamberg, I need about three and a half hours with my mountain bike.