Race number four and the first one outside of Berlin for our little squad. We left Berlin as a solic six-piece direction Hannover. Due to some business related issues we could not ride in the Standert van but Max helped out with his lovely but sometimes flaky VW bus. As you can see inthe pictures below we managed to fit six bikes and Marco on the back seat.
After the first 100km the VW turned on us and showed its pushy side. We experienced a minor smoke development under the bonnet…luckily Magnus fixed the problem after some time and we could go one. Nervous breakdowns included of course.
After this incident we arrived at our hotel in Hannover just slightly behind schedule! After a quick check-in we headed into the city, which is probably not the most beautiful city in Germany, and went straight for some pasta. The weather went pretty bad and heavy rain started.
On the next morning a swift view out of the window revealed that there was no change of weather…Velothon Berlin all over again. Nonetheless, we started for the race and positioned ourselves in front of the first block for the 116km distance.
The race started with heavy, cold rain but we managed to stay together for the first hour with the leading bunch and rode at a very fast pace. The pace took its toll and after the first hour only two of us could go on with the leading group. The rest rode in the second and third group. Due to a little crash one team member even lost some more time but could finish the race nevertheless.
The race profile was demanding for us Berliners and offered a lot of elevation gain and some steep descents. Also some extremely sharp corners in the little villages which the race crossed. Over all the course was very exciting and all of us had a lot of fun riding it. Of course speaking here with a retro perspective view. Believe me we suffered a lot…
After the finish we waited anxiously for the results. As the results were published we were very lucky because two of us finished under three hours, the rest came in some minutes later. Team Standert secured place number six in the overall ranking. Two of us managed top 100, three top 200 and our crash pilot even top 250. All of us managed top 100 in their respective age class.
We had a splendid weekend and looking forward for the next races! Go Team Standert!