A few weeks ago, I kind of stumbled right over this place:
I tried out cycling along some main roads, I’ve never been to before, and followed the traffic for a few miles.
Eventually I stopped at one crossing, to check my location and discovered this name on google maps:
I remembered the name from some newspaper articles and radio broadcasts and let me tell you…
This place has to really live up to his name during every year’s winter season!
It is always the first district to be featured in the local news, due to the struggle with winter’s white magic and its effect to the traffic system. People can’t get to work, students can’t get to school, no one can get anywhere.
Winter must be kind of tough for the people that live around here ( compared to the local standard, not an arctic cycle winter…)
The rest of the year has to be kind of rewarding for everyone, though.
It’s one of the highest located districts in town and as I found out, probably the one with the greatest view of the whole surrounding.
Since the very first visit, I’ve been here quite a few time and I’m still discovering great views of the city or the hills around. That’s awesome!
Of course, getting a great all around view also means, this spot is perfect to train your climbing skills on a bicycle in three out of four seasons ( in case you own a fat bike with spike tires, it’s four out of four seasons…).
Talking about gaining elevation, here’s a great true story:
One day, I discovered, what has to probably be the steepest road up the hill right to the Snow. It’s hard to tell exactly how steep this road is, as there are no signs or anything.
But you know, one of those roads, where the smallest gear can not be small enough to prevent your legs from crying and your lungs from burning…
Anyway, somehow I managed to stay alive on the roadbike and still overtake a mid aged couple, crawling up the hill on their solid city bikes.
Despite desperately longing for oxygen myself, I said something, that must have sounded like:
“ Hi! How are you?“ , while passing the two of them on my roadbike.
The middle aged dude looks right over to me, telling his wife:
“ Honey, you know what? I hate all these E – bike cheaters“
Being already ten meters ahead of them, I still couldn’t believe this just happened…
The Roubaix is more than far away from being an E – bike, this is possible to recognize within a second. There’s no battery, no xxl bottom bracket and no nice smiling smart guy in the seat, while riding uphill big time. That moment, I felt and looked like I’m dying any second!
However, being another ten meters ahead of them, I started to understand, that this might have just been a compliment…
…or at least, I took it as one!
Like: “ Honey, look! This guy looks so smooth on his roadbike, while overtaking us on the way up, he might just be riding an e – bike!“
Back to the beautiful landscape of the Snow:
The Snow is an absolute rural area, there are always a lot of horses and sheeps around, it always smells like a you’re on a farm and the chances are high, that you are overtaken by a tractor or are hold up by one…
However, this district has one huge problem: The conditions of the roads…
Usually, cyclists around here are used to be riding on bad roads, but the Snow puts the definition of a bad road on a brand new level:
There are potholes everywhere, from tiny potholes, that you can easily oversee to the real big ones, that make your fork break and head shake.
Riding up that hill, feels a lot like crossing an obstacle course, it’s a maze of potholes, if you want to put it like this.
But, true to the slogan…
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”
… I understood that, overcoming these conditions and obstacles, can make you a better cyclist in terms of awareness for critical situations, choosing the best riding lines and increasing your endurance and power.
Riding around all these potholes up and downhill is going to mess up your legs big time, but it’s just makes you greater, trust me!
But let’s not end this blogpost with talking about bad road conditions!
The Snow is as close to my definition of roadbike heaven as a district near to my neighborhood can possibly be. The landscape is fantastic, I get to see great views everywhere and an urban guy like me is able to breathe fresh country air, while improving his uphill skills.
That’s a great way to end this blogpost, right?
++ The Blogpost ” The Snow” was originally published on dennisthecyclist.blog ++