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Old 04-30-13, 20:41
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Time for the climactic mountains in Germany.

Stage 20: Ruhpolding - Berchtesgaden, 168km





Climbs:
Loipl (cat.3) 2,3km @ 11,6%
Hochschwarzeck (cat.3) 3,5km @ 5,5%
Hintenbrand (Dürreckstraße)(cat.1) 5,2km @ 11,3%
Roßfeld Panoramastraße (Hallein)(HC) 14,0km @ 8,0%
Roßfeld Panoramastraße (Unterau)(HC) 11,4km @ 9,3%
Hintenbrand (Dürreckstraße)(cat.1) 5,2km @ 11,3%

Although with fewer climbs than stage 17, and with fewer HC climbs than stage 19, this is the one I consider the queen stage here, finishing on a maze of a course in the very corner of Bavaria, jutting out like a narrow finger pushing Salzburg and the Tirol apart. This is where the climbers have to really take things apart on their final opportunity, and with the climbs in store, they really do have every chance they could want.

Having already visited Altenberg, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Oberhof, Püttlingen, Notschrei and, in visiting Garmisch-Partenkirchen only just being down the road from Kaltenbrunn, it was probably inevitable that the route would visit Ruhpolding, with the Chiemgau-Arena close at hand. I think Arbersee is the only main biathlon centre my route hasn't at least passed close by to. As with many of these mountain stages, the riders get eased into the day with some nice valley roads for the first 35km, although these are never flat, just not worth categorising with what's in store today left. The climbing begins with the twisting road to the hamlet of Loipl, which has some pretty grotesque gradients. I even contemplated giving it a category 2, but felt it better to split this and its brother, the more gradual but even twistier Hochschwarzeck, into two separate climbs.

The descent from the early double-climb takes us to Ramsau and then Schönau am Königssee, with the lake itself only underscoring the natural beauty on offer in this part of the Alps. Truly this will be a stage as beautiful as it is hard, because now, the riders are going to see some signs that things aren't going to stay as lovely as they have been. The road launches itself skyward, through wooded hillside, snaking up to the car park at the summit of the brutally steep Hintenbrand, which barely gets below 12% after the first kilometre!!! Sure, it's only 5,3km long, but at these gradients, it's still got all the ability to destroy.

The riders then descend on a downhill plateau into a small climb which leads to the descent proper into Unterau. After this there's a brief - just under 15km or so - detour into Austria, so that the riders can tackle the first of two routes to the incredible sights of the Roßfeld Panoramastraße. Again, the views will be stunning, but the riders have no time to enjoy them, for they are suffering a thousand deaths on these slopes. This northern side of the climb begins with 4km at 9%, then flattens out for a bit before the gradients get very nasty, but stunning vistas mitigate the pain. There are some stretches of road that no amount of scenery can prevent from being agonizing though. This summit rolls around the border between Germany and Austria and allows a view of Kehlsteinhaus, known as the "Eagle's Nest" in English, Hitler's summer residence. There is a road that climbs this, however I decided against the MTF on consecutive days, preferring to make the climbers animate this one early rather than wait for the super-steep finale.

From the summit of the Roßfeld Höhenring, the riders have to descend the classic side of the climb (well, as classic as you get from a climb that is tragically unused in the world of professional cycling), which gets mighty steep especially near the bottom, before a little loop around Berchtesgaden, our finishing town for the day. Then a short trip on valley roads to Unterau, and we have our second ascent of the Roßfeld Panoramastraße, this time via the more difficult Unterau side of the climb. Ignore the absurd vertical spot on the profile - it's more regular than that. It only really gets up to 24% (ha! That's barely more than false flat!!!). This side of the climb is unrelenting, barely letting up below 8% at any point, though there is a brief patch at only 4-5% or so about halfway up. This second ascent of the Höhenring crests with 31,5km to go, so we could well see some Mortirolo-type action going on, especially as the steep and demanding descent back into Berchtesgaden is very technical especially in its first half.

Instead of going into the town, though, we bear left and return to the Hintenbrand for one more climb - with the final 4km averaging nearly 13% the few that were still together at the front after the Roßfeld Panoramastraße's tortuous ascent will surely implode and we will see truly mano a mano racing here on something akin to Xorret del Catí... but longer. This time, there's just 13km remaining at the summit, and the riders' path along the small plateau will take them back to Klinger Eck, where they rejoin the descent into Berchtesgaden, this time riding on into the town for a brief (500m) false flat rise up to the finish. Which, really, is nothing after the hell I've put them through today. The riders haven't had a day off since before the Nürburgring stages, so they'll be torn to pieces by this.

Ruhpolding:


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Old 04-30-13, 21:44
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Istrian Spring Trophy (Croatian: Istarsko proljeće) is a stage road bicycle race held annually in the Croatian part of the Istria peninsula.So here is my 4 stages

First stage TT Rabac-Labin



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Old 05-01-13, 20:20
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Last day in Germany! Time to finish the race that's taken me longer to post than the race would actually take...

Stage 21: Neufahrn bei Freising - München, 28,0km (ITT)





The last day of racing is a mid-length time trial where any tight GC gaps can finally be sorted out for real. This one, starting in the satellite town of Neufahrn bei Freising, features a brief technical spin around the town before it heads on a long, mostly straight, slightly uphill journey heading into the outskirts of Munich, which will finish with the riders entering the Olympic Stadium and crossing the line, much like the heyday of the Peace Race. It also lends a special atmosphere for the race finishing ceremony. This one's very much purely for the specialists, with no hills and only a couple of twisty sections to get in the way of putting the hammer down.

As a result, I will just run through a handful of statistics about the route.

The Deutschland Rundfahrt, over 22 stages, is over 3586km, of which each rider will contribute 3514 (remember, Staffel prologue).

8 stages are categorised as "flat", of which 2 are specialist cobbled stages, and several others contain 5 or more cobbled sections. 6 stages are mountain stages, of which 3 are categorised as "high mountain". There are three time trials, of which 2 count for GC (the other being part of the Nürburgring split stage). That leaves 5 intermediate or hilly stages and the 2 experimental special attraction stages.

The longest stage is stage 14, which also has the most categorised climbs with 14. There are 89 categorised climbs, of which 6 are HC, 10 are category 1, 14 are category 2, 31 are category 3 and 28 are category 4. For the Kopfsteinpflasterkönig, they will have proven themselves the best over 61 sectors of cobblestones, of which 12 pay double points for difficulty.

Obviously this isn't a "classic" Grand Tour route in that the mountains are located very much backloaded (with use made of the less large mountain ranges than the Schwarzwald and the German Alps earlier in the race, such as the Erzgebirge stage to Grünhain-Beierfeld, the stage to Oberhof or the Taunus stage) and no GT in the real world would be so willing to stick so many cobbled sectors into the race in the name of spicing up the flat stages. However, while many may argue that the geography of Germany can produce a bit of a limitation on the possibilities on that front, I do think there is scope for repeated GTs touring Germany. A problem may be the lack of connecting climbs in the German Alps, but cities and towns like Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayrischzell or Berchtesgaden can serve as useful bases, while there is plenty of scope for linking some pretty difficult climbs together in the Schwarzwald range. It's also worth noting that just as with the other Grand Tours, there is no harm in popping across into a neighbouring country to make use of their geography; the Österreich-Rundfahrt doesn't exactly make the best of its terrain, and there's plenty of options there (the real Deutschlandtour of course used some of them), and elsewhere there's the border with France, and the opportunity to use the Vosges range properly, which the Tour itself seldom does. And of course, the one region I didn't really touch with my route, northern and eastern Bavaria, has the potential for some interest, with the Sudeten mountains crossing into the Czech Republic (and I think Langdorf-Arbersee was just about the only major German biathlon venue that went unvisited). Of course, if they really need to it's only a short hop across the border to the terrain of Amstel Gold or Liège-Bastogne-Liège, though I'd argue against bothering on the basis that there are a large, large number of similar climbs in Nordrhein-Westfalen that are the continuation of the same range, but less well-known.

So yea... that was the Deutschlandtour.

EDIT: I remembered I promised to post the links to the mapping on Tracks4bikers for those wishing to construct the race for PCM or whatever.

Stage 1: Hamburg - Hamburg (this is as 1x loop, so might have to be a prologue in PCM since they won't have relay as a race option)
Stage 2: Hamburg - Lübeck (finishes a few kilometres before the finish due to the 200km limit on T4b)
Stage 3: Schwerin - Lüneburg (same issue but this time - as with all other times - I have cut off the start. With stage 2 I made sure Waseberg appeared so cut off the end instead as there were no obstacles at the end)
Stage 4: Rostock - Greifswald
Stage 5: Prenzlau - Berlin
Stage 6: Cottbus - Bautzen
Stage 7: Dresden - Grünhain-Beierfeld (missing the start)
Stage 8: Chemnitz - Meerane
Stage 9: Halle - Clausthal-Zellerfeld
Stage 10: Weimar - Oberhof (missing the start)
Stage 11: Kassel - Paderborn
Stage 12: Osnabrück - Gelsenkirchen
Stage 13a: Nürburg - Nürburg
Stage 13b: Nürburg - Nürburg (guess this can be a semitappe or left out as I assume the Jagdrennen isn't an option in PCM)
Stage 14: Koblenz - Großer Feldberg im Taunus (missing the start)
Stage 15: Mainz - Saarbrücken (missing the start)
Stage 16: Karlsruhe - Zell
Stage 17: Lahr - Bergstation Belchen (missing the start)
Stage 18: Singen - Oberstdorf
Stage 19: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Axamer Lizum
Stage 20: Ruhpolding - Berchtesgaden
Stage 21: Neufahrn bei Freising - München
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Old 05-01-13, 20:50
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A fantastic race once again with a lot of good stuff like the cobbles and of course Staffel and Jagdrennen.

So what's next? Can't wait.
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Old 05-02-13, 19:13
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Time for some weeping and gnashing of the teeth.

Eneco tour, stage 6: Mons - Mons, 185km

This will be the only stage with start and finish at the same town. From Mons to Mons the peloton will criss-cross this forlorn heartland of Belgium's extinct steel and mining industry. A gray region under grey skies, littered with rusted relics like mine shafts, blast furnaces and crooked labourers' hovels.
But also a region of rolling fields, picturesque towns and no less than three unesco world heritage sites.
This region, the Borinage, is very similar to the French département du Nord, and the terrain covered during the race will be similar too. We'll get some not too difficult hills and 7 cobblestone sectors in the final 50km. Not all of them will be difficult, but some can stand any comparison with their more famous counterparts just over the border in France.



But it all starts on the Grand Place of Mons, capital of the province of Hainault and home of the current Belgian prime minister. The race takes a southeasterly course, passing some decrepit hamlets and heading for Thuin. Before reaching this town, the peloton makes a small detour to Lobbes, a small town with a rich past, founded next to an abbey. A quick descent brings us to a bridge over the Sambre river and leads us to the aforementioned Thuin. This town is famous with tourists for is so-called hanging gardens, and with cycling fans for his cobbled mur de Thuin.
This is just a warming-up and gives a break the opprtunity to establish itself.
Hereafter the race heads back nortwest, to the outskirts of Charleroi and passing the centre of Binche, with some medieval remnants, but most of all known for its carnaval.
At this point, we're not even halfway into the stage, but the touristic office will already be happy with the sites covered.
The race goes further north, however, to the so-called "canal du centre", famous for its boat-lifts, both the old and the new ones. The peloton follows this artery of the former steel and mining industry for about 30km, passing north of Mons, Quaregnon and Saint-Ghuislain and then going south towards Dour, mostly known for its alternative music festival.
A bit southwest of Dour the first cobbled sector will be tackled. This is a well maintained one, in the center of the small town Montignies-sur-Roc. Its only difficulty is that is descends to a brook and then climbs a bit again.
This sector is soon followed by the second, a more difficult one too. A couple of years ago it was completely covered with asphalt, but the heavy traffic of agricultural vehicles and low maintainance have destroyed the thin layer of asphalt, so now we have a nice ***** cobbled sector again. It comes in two segments of 500m and 2100m respectively, separated by some remaining tarmac along the fortified farm of Rampemont.
The 3rd sector follows 5km later and this is a nasty one, a very nasty one. It isn't long at all, but goes slightly uphill and is in very bad condition. It needs some cleaning and removing of grass and weeds. This sector is followed by 7km on narrow, twisty roads and a small incursion into France. It is in serios doubt the peloton will rejoice when it re-enters Belgium after 153km, because the first 1.9km on Belgian roads will give us this. yes, it's a cobbled road, but it's a well-maintained one, probably ** material in Paris-Roubaix.
Another 8km on tarmaced roads brings us to the next cobbled sector, one that needs some cleaning too. Every year cycling entousiasts do similar kind of work on the worst cobblestone sectors in Paris-Roubaix, so I hope it will be possible here too. Despite being only 1.2km long, it still deserves a **** rating for going slightly uphill and the bad condition of the paving. This sector is followed by 4km on a wide, straight road, where the shattered peloton can regroup a bit. But let there be no doubt that by now the gaps between the first and last group on the road will be considerable, and that the flyweight puncheur type of racers will suffer tremendously. The passage on the N563 is followed by the one but last cobbled sector, a 1.5km long stretch of slightly downhill, well-maintained cobbles. The last sector, also the longest of the day follows after another 4.5km. This one is 3.2km long and consists of some decent paving, but thanks to it's length, it still earns a **** rating. When the peloton (or rather, the scattered remnants of what once was a peloton) leave this last sector there's only 7km left to the finishline. So these cobbles may be the final opportunity for someone who wants to gain more precious time on the puncheurs, who will get opportunities the next two days to have their revenge.

Hills:
Côte de Lobbes (km 45, 1.1km @ 5%, 3rd cat)
Mur de Thuin(km50, 500m @9.4%, 3rd cat)
Four à Chaux (km85, 600m @ 9%, 3rd cat)
Côte de Wihéries (km131, 800m @5%, 3rd cat)

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Istrian Spring Trophy: 2 stage is from Labin to Labin of 52 km and 3 Laps




Hills:
Hrvatini (km 6, 1.1km @ 16.1%)
Skitaca(km 16.5, 3,5km @10,5%)
Labin(km 46, 5,5km @ 5%

From Santa Marina to Skitaca



Last km is cobblestone road by 9%


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Eneco tour, stage 7: Dinant - Spa, 213km

7th and one but last stage of this tour. We stay in Wallonia, but the terrain is totally different from yesterday's. No cobbles, but the hills we are so familiar with.

Profile and map:
(the first 15km are not shown on the map and profile, but are flat)


This stage starts in Dinant, on the right bank of the Meuse river, which will be followed for 15km. At this point the peloton turns right to climb the first of 15 climbs: the triple mur de Monty. This climb is soon followed by the côte de Durnal and some rolling roads on the way to Huy. In this town the steep Montagne Corroy awaits the riders (mur de Huy would be too obvious). After this climb there's another stretch of some dozens of kilometres on rolling roads, and it is not before Aywaille, after 105km, that this stage begins in earnest. It's only 30km and four more climbs to the first passage of the finishline, but around Spa a local lap of 80km with seven climbs awaits the peloton. This give the puncheurs an opportunity to take back some of the time they probably lost the day before.

Climbs:
Triple mur de Monty: km20, 1.9km @ 9.0%, 1st category
Côte de Durnal: km31, 2.3km @5.4%, 2nd category
La Montagne Corroy: km66, 1.1km @ 11.5%, 1st category
Côte de Facqueval: km73, 2.2km @5.0%, 2nd category
Côte de Chambralles: km107, 1.5km @ 9.5%, 1st category
Côte de Niaster: km116, 1.8km @ 7.7%, 2nd category
Côte de Hautregard: km126, 4.9km @ 4.5%, 2nd category
Côte du Maquisard: km130, 1.2km @ 6%, 3rd category
Côte de Malchamps: km141, 5.3km @6%, 1st category
Côte de Ferme Libert: km160, 1.2km @ 12.8%, 1st category
Côte de Stockeu: km173, 2.3km @ 9.9%, 1st category
Côte de Wanneranval: km177, 1.8km @ 9.1%, 1st category
Thier de Coo: km186, 2.6km @ 8.6%, 1st category
La Haute Levée: km193, 3.6km @ 5.6%, 1st category
Côte du Rosier: km202, 4.5km @ 5.7%, 1st category

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Murito to win the Eneco?! Let's be clear on one thing: Tony Martin isn't going to win it in the time trial on THIS route.

I am also intrigued by this climb AVERAGING 16% that Albona has added - this looks more terrifying even than the double stepped Skitaca del Catí...
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Murito to win the Eneco?! Let's be clear on one thing: Tony Martin isn't going to win it in the time trial on THIS route.

I am also intrigued by this climb AVERAGING 16% that Albona has added - this looks more terrifying even than the double stepped Skitaca del Catí...
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It is not paved though and I doubt it's rideable on road bike.
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