|Distance in km||35.1|
|Elevation in m||55|
|Amount of newly ridden kms in Berlin from wandrer.earth||8.2|
After the struggles of racing up the Alpe du Zwift in Stage 7 in the WKG league, I wanted to complete one of the shorter Stages of the Grand Tour. I also had quite a restless night due to the expected blood sugar issues after racing so late the night before so it was definitely in my best interest to not go overboard today.
This Stage followed two bus routes, the M41 and N70, from Mitte to Baumschulenweg. The first surprise of the day was when getting to the Philarmonie, the start of the M41, as there were thousands of tractors around Großer Stern taking part in a Sternfahrt demonstration. This meant that many of the streets in Mitte along which the M41 travels were closed for this demonstration. I have to admit that I liked cycling on the Tempelhofer Ufer today with the heavily reduced traffic – much nicer than the usual traffic slalom!
The M41 travels only the main streets through Kreuzberg (Hasenheide, Karl-Marx-Straße and Sonnenallee) until it’s final stop at Baumschulenstraße in the Baumschulenweg district. Next was the cute N70 bus route that goes for a total length of 1.2 km between Baumschulenstraße and Neue Krugallee. The N70 must be a way of getting passengers from the Baumschulenweg S-Bahn station to the Plänterwald area.
Nadja has completed the Berlin Triathlon, held in Plänterwald, many times so I was pretty familiar with the main roads in this area. So for the path home, I travelled in the Plänterwald which was some fixed gear cyclocross fun. Made my way back through Kreuzberg and Mitte before checking up on the number of tractors that were parked all along Straße des 17. Juni. I enjoyed this ride and I only needed to take on an emergency gel before getting home and craving some empanadas at the Hängematte Cafe.