A few years back, I gave up singlehanded sailing on a boat which, thinking back on today, was ridiculously small. The sailing adventure had started to swallow much more time, effort and money than I could afford and it was time to change something in my way of life.
By chance I discovered that cycling was perfect to fill in the void left by my giving up sailing. Every time I pedal in the rain or the dark, I am reminded of the exhilaration I used to feel at sea, clipped on in a tiny, open cockpit, brutally exposed to the elements.
I began to read Jesko’s messages while he was racing the Transatlantic Way. Completely captivated I started foĺlowing other races and also Jesko’s rides on Strava while he was preparing the first Taunus route. All those photos kept working their magic on me.
This will be my first bikepacking event and I’m thrilled to bits to have a starting spot on the Taunus. I’m giving it my all to prepare properly, but as a slightly overweight 54 year old, I’m not having too many illusions as to my cycling speed and daily distance. Since the severe lockdown in France has been relaxed, it’s been fantastic to find the freedom of riding again.
I’m very lucky to live in the Vosges. Once in a while I grab my bike and climb to a nice spot in the forest to spend the night outside. It’s wonderful to make plans again and I think the summer will be great.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all in Hofheim !
Seit meinem ersten Gravel Abenteuer, dem Candy B.Graveller vor einigen Jahren bin ich infiziert von Abenteuern im Selbstversorgermodus. Habe seitdem unter anderem den Mainfrankengraveller und Hansegravel unter die Räder genommen. Obwohl ich quasi direkt an der Strecke wohne und bereits die Hälfte der Wege kenne reizt es mich mit Gleichgesinnten endlich die ganze Strecke am Stück zu erleben. Ich habe die letzten beiden Veranstaltungen aus der Ferne beobachtet und freue mich auf die perfekte Organisation. Ich fahre mit meinem Custom Made Steel Bike Fern Chuck und nehme einen Schlafsack zum Biwakieren. Ansonsten nur das Minimum.
Since many people asked for a shortened version of our route, we decided to release Taunus Teaser, so everybody can get a taste of what riding Taunus Bikepacking is like in their own style and time frame. Over 500 people have downloaded the track so far. Bernd, who started early on a Friday morning in May to take on the route solo and self-supported, even took the time to document his personal journey. He knew what to expect, Bernd was inspired by the very first edition in 2018 and went on to finish Taunus Bikepacking No. 2 himself last summer. Not only did he manage to finish the challenging 333 kilometers in a total time of 40h 43m, he also shared his trip with images and words on Instagram, hopefully inspiring others to do the same.
Just use the tag #taunusteaser to share your own adventures on the track.
Whether it’s to protect from rain or scorching heat this time or simply as a souvenir, there’s an exclusive cycling cap in it for everyone starting. Designed by 2018 finisher Stephan van Raay of ViaVelo magazine and realized with the support of Follow My Challenge – you can’t buy these anywhere!
In a nod to the original inspiration, the caps will be customised with each riders start numbers for the second edition of Taunus Bikepacking. There’s only ten left..