Bikepacking: Zwarte Woud & Elzas (11 dagen)

Mountainbike Collectie van erwinsikkens_com

Ondanks de reisbeperkingen door corona kon ik mijn drang om te gaan bikepacken niet bedwingen. Ik speurde aandachtig Komoot af op zoek naar een geschikte locatie voor een nieuw fietsavontuur.

Vanwege dreigende maatregelen wilde ik niet te ver weg gaan en juist mijn ogen openen voor avonturen dichter bij huis. In plaats van voordehandliggende bestemmingen zoals Spanje, de Alpen of het vliegtuig naar een ander ver oord, koos ik voor het Zwarte Woud en reisde ik samen met mijn goede vriend Bas, ook wel Mr. Detour Studio, af naar Duitsland (en belandde uiteindelijk ook in Zwitserland en Frankrijk).

Wat volgende was een avontuur met de beste gravelbeklimmingen en -afdalingen die je je kunt voorstellen. We overnachtten op tal van waanzinnige plaatsen onder de sterren en in shelters, of zoals ze die in Duitsland noemen: Schutzhütten. Onze gravelbikes waren voorzien van 45mm banden. Wat ons betreft de perfecte uitrusting voor de gravelstroken van het Zwarte Woud.

We besloten met zo min mogelijk bagage het fietsen zo makkelijk mogelijk te maken. De tassen waren gevuld met een lichtgewicht slaapzakken, bivakzakken en slaapmatten. De tenten lieten we thuis en sliepen in shelters of in de buitenlucht.

Toen we het zuiden van het Zwarte Woud bereikten, kozen we ervoor om het Rijndal bij Basel over te steken naar de Franse Elzas, aan de voet van de Vogezen. Hier volgden we de prachtige Route du Vin (wijnroute) naar het noorden over zoveel mogelijk gravelwegen. En geloof me, deze onverharde wegen door wijngaarden zijn de mooiste in de wijde regio!

'Party pace wins the race', was ons motto. Het ging ons niet om de kwantiteit (kilometers), maar kwaliteit (avontuur). Deze instelling leverde ons elf fantastische fietsdagen op door prachtige afwisselende landschappen en ik deel deze Collectie dan ook graag met jullie.

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Tours & Highlights

    04:06
    52,6 km
    12,8 km/h
    1.550 m
    1.510 m

    Day 1 of our off-road bikepacking trip brought us from the start in Durbach at the edge of the Black Forest, into the heart of the Black Forest. Most roads consisted of great gravel roads. We ended up sleeping in a 'Schutzhütte', an open shelter, near the village of Haslach.

    02:40
    34,3 km
    12,9 km/h
    890 m
    540 m

    Day 2 of our bikepacking trip was a short day full of beautiful gravel roads. A nice chilled glass of Coca-Cola halfway brought some great relief from the heat. Eventually, we ended up sleeping in a beautiful shelter called the 'Offenbacher Eckle Hütte', which had a kind of Scandinavian vibe to it.
    The beers and schnitzel at restaurant 'Schöne Aussicht' a couple of kms further up the climb were a great addition to the already perfect shelter for the night.

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  • 02:26
    29,1 km
    11,9 km/h
    750 m
    720 m

    Day 3 of our bikepacking trip brought us from the peaks near the restaurant 'Schöne Aussicht' in central Black Forest, to the eastern borders of the Black Forest and eventually – after not finding a suitable shelter for the night and rain coming in – a hotel in the village of Villingen-Schwenningen. Along the way we stopped for a short lunch in the touristic town of Triberg, shortly after we encountered one of the longest steep climbs of our trip, out of the Triberg valley. The hotel that evening was well deserved ;-)

    01:04
    21,6 km
    20,4 km/h
    180 m
    270 m

    Day 3 of our bikepacking trip brought us from the peaks near 'Schönes Aussicht' in central Black Forest, to the eastern borders the Black Forest and eventually - after not finding a suitable shelter for the night and rain coming in - a hotel in the village of Villingen-Schwenningen.
    Along the way we stopped for a short lunch in the touristic town of Triberg (terrible place), short after we encountered one of the longest steep climbs of our trip, out of the Triberg valley. The Hotel that evening was well deserved ;-)

    02:56
    40,1 km
    13,7 km/h
    930 m
    620 m

    Day 4 of our bikepacking trip brought us from the comforts of the city of Villingen back west into the Black Forest. We set sail for the Feldberg (highest peak in the Black Forest) and on the way there we ended up at a nice and big shelter on top of a hill near the village of Neustadt. Along the way only beautiful gravel roads and nice climbing and descending. Amazing day on the bike and a great overnight shelter from the evening rain.

    03:10
    42,7 km
    13,5 km/h
    1.100 m
    1.010 m

    On day 5 of our bikepacking trip brought, the highest point of our travels, the almost 1500 m high Feldberg, awaited. From Titisee the gravel climb up to the top is nothing shy of an amazingly beautiful climb. After the top we kept as much altitude as we could, finding shelter in yet another fine 'Schutzhütte' somewhere above the town of Todtnauberg.

    03:12
    42,4 km
    13,3 km/h
    1.240 m
    1.400 m

    Day 6 of our gravellish bikepacking adventure took us from the hights of the Todtnauberg hills to the south, direction: Rhine river and the Swiss border. We wouldn't ride to the Rhine today, but did end up in a nice (and big) shelter in the forest near the village of Todtmoos, stopping along the way on the Feldberg Pass for a delicious hamburger and a beer ;)

    04:17
    68,7 km
    16,1 km/h
    900 m
    1.670 m

    Day 7 of the Black Forest bikepacking trip brought us to the southern edge of the Black Forest, enjoying the forest and swimming in the Rhine river near Basel.
    Since we needed power for our devices and a nice shower after days of riding in the heat... we decided to sleep in a hotel that night. From there we could also plan where we would go the next day.

    04:56
    82,1 km
    16,6 km/h
    1.040 m
    690 m

    At the start of day 8 of our bikepacking trip we decided on where to go next... The answer was, the Vosges Mountains.
    We rode through Basel (Switzerland) and quickly after crossed the border into France. After a week of the Black Forest, this was something completely different. The hot, burning, dried-up French countryside.
    It was a beautiful day, but not nearly as beautiful as the shelter (refuge) we slept in that night, at the side of the Vosges Mountains near Masevaux. Definitely check out the komoot Highlight on that one! At the refuge we bumped into a group of French locals, celebrating the 50th birthday of one of them. The French being the French, of course they shared their wine, food and fire with us. Such a great evening!

    03:35
    64,6 km
    18,1 km/h
    600 m
    1.010 m

    Arriving at the edge of the Vosges Mountains at the end of day 8, taught us that riding the Vosges Mountains is something completely different than the Black Forest on the other side of the Rhine Valley.
    Where German gravel made for smooth riding, the Vosges off-road paths were more like mountain bike trails with lots of steep and loose rocks covered ascending more so than we had hoped. So we decided there and then that we would not ride into the Vosges Mountains any further, but turn our wheels towards the grapevine-covered east side of the Vosges...
    On day 9, we started our way up north, riding the Route du Vin in the Alsace wine country. Day 1 of 3 wine drinking days ;-)

    04:00
    64,3 km
    16,1 km/h
    1.080 m
    1.030 m

    After waking up in a local vineyard, day 10 in our fine bikepacking adventure brought us further north up the alternative gravel version of the Route du Vin, that we drew on the go through the komoot app on my telephone. A hot day in the sun, filled with the nicest gravel roads around, endless vineyards and beautiful views.
    At the end of the day, we yet again found ourselves sleeping in a local vineyard... the way to go when wildcamping in the Alsace I'd say :)

    03:49
    73,7 km
    19,3 km/h
    350 m
    410 m

    The final day of our bikepacking trip was a relaxing day of crossing the mainly flat Rhine valley, in between the Vosges Mountains on the one side (France) and the Black Forest mountains on the other side (Germany). Our day started by waking up after a night in a local vineyard. We said goodbye to our lovely alternative (Gravel)Route du Vin and made our way to the German border at the town of Strasbourg. Strasbourg is a beautiful old town with a lot of biking going on. Ate a good burger there ;-)Our journey ended where it had started many days before, at the edge of the Black Forest in the wine village of Durbach, from where we took the car back home after a good night's sleep in a local hotel. All in all, this trip was a great one, with many different landscapes and changing scenery. Europe is so beautifully diverse in terms of landscapes and culture. Also, the Black Forest is truly a great place for riding gravel, whereas the Vosges Mountains are a bit more rough.Looking forward riding my gravel bike through the Black Forest again soon!

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  • Tours
    12
  • Afstand
    616 km
  • Tijdsduur
    40:10 h
  • Hoogtemeters
    10.620 m

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