For a bit of a change, Jules and I packed the bikes into the car and headed up to Winterthur to try out route #9 "Im Weinland" from the Veloland Zurich book
The weather was forecast lovely all day - bright and sunny without being too hot. We decided to pack the bikes into the car and drive to Henggart, which proved to be a bit of a faff, but definitely cheaper than the bike+train combination.
We made a slight mistake at the start, and accidentally headed into Winterthur, rather than heading round the published route [cough]. Also we didn't realise our mistand until quite late - basically the centre of Winterthur and so we decided to do a different loop back and to go via Seuzach for a bit of variation. Passing through Seuzach we followed the route north to Adelfingen where we stopped for a coffee and a cake in the very pretty square. We then crossed over the river Thur and on to the Husemersee. Declining the swim we continued on the loop back via Ossingen and Oberwil back to Henggart. To round off the day we stopped to pick up some fresh cherries and raspberries from the hoflafen at Henggart before heading home.
Overall it about 50km, with 300m ascent/descent and we spend about 2 hrs 35 cycling. The gpx plot of our route is here.
For a bit of a change of pace, Michael and I headed to Bülach to do the circular route #6 from the Veloland Zurich book.
For once, I managed to find the right exit from Bülach station, and we headed off down the Glatt in lovely cycling weather - warm but not too hot.
We left the Glatt where it joins the Rhein and then followed the route as it climbs steadily up to the highest part of the route at Bachs.
After the climbe we dropped down the hill and looping back to the Glatt. We decided to cycle back into town to make it up to the 50+km, heading back down the Glatt until Opfikon and then over Milchbuch and on to Rio for a well deserved (we thought) recuperatory beverage.
Overall it was a bit over 50km with about 300m of ascent/descent and took us a little over 2 hours. The gpx plot of our route is here.
Trying to catch the best part of the day (i.e. not actually raining), Jules and I headed out on bikes to Baden, for a bit of a stretch of the legs and a change of scenery.
We picked up route #66 at Zurich HB and then followed that out of town and along the side of the Limmat heading downstream. The navigation is very easy, and the route is mostly traffic free. Fortunately there weren't many other people out on the path - probably owing to the rain [cough], and we made good progress.
The scattered light showers built to actual rain as we arrived, so we took refuge first in the Scandinavian Cafe, then in the Pickwick's pub for the afternoon, where we met up with Diana and Luis for an afternoon pint and a bite to eat. It was properly raining by the time we left, and we deicded to take the train back to town, discretion being the better part of valour, we felt.
Overall it was a little over 30km, and took us about 1 hour 45, going at a reasonable pace for the conditions and the paths.
Taking Toby up on his offer of a cycle ride, we headed down to Pfaeffikon to do a lap of the Obersee, and a bit of a warm up and trial ride together.
I was a bit surprised when Toby turned up with the race numbers still on his bike, and a bit depressed when he told me that he'd been training hard all winter (feels like cheating to do actual training - which I made sure to tell him :-) ), but I just about managed to keep up en-route. We first headed over to Raperswil and did the loop clockwise, via Schmerikon and looping back via Lachen. There was a nice tailwind at that start, but as we turned onto the return leg this became a bit of a headwind and was a bit more effort.
Overall the 40km or so took us approximately 1hr 40, so a fairly steady pace in reasonbly good conditions. All in all a nice day out, followed by a welcome cool-off in the lake...
With a good day forecast, Jules and i headed out for a cycle ride - route #22 from Veloland Zürich - Zum Zuggersee, turned out to be a very picturesque, and mostly traffic light or free lanes and tracks.
After a relaxed train ride to Affoltern am Albis, we picked up the route in the centre of town. We followed country lanes winding through pretty farmhouses down past the monestary at Rossau. To Jules’ delight we found a Hofladen with fresh strawberries a bit outside Zug, and after careful packing headed off again.
The route continues along the side of the lake and then through Cham and into the countryside near the Ruess. We finished with a bit of a climb back up through Obfelden to arrive back at Affoltern am Albis.
Overall it was 40km and took us 2 hours of pedalling, and the gpx plot of our route is here.
Keeping with tradition, Michael and I headed off for our usual route around the Greifensee from Milchbuck.
It was a pretty windy day and our hope that it would be more sheltered on the Uster side of the Zuriberg were unfounded - definitely stronger over there. The mythical tailwind did appear briefly, or possibly it just felt that way as the headwind dropped a little! It was definitely harder work than usual and it was a good plan to stick to a single lap - maybe next time we'll be a bit more adventurous.
We struggled back for a recovery refreshment at El Lokal, was very pleasant until we came to leave and were told that we really can’t leave our bikes in the yard (despite being empty at 3pm on a Monday afternoon on a grey and cold/windy day in May). We were told to put keep the bikes over the road, despite not being able to lock them - needless to say we won’t be going back there any time soon!
With a bit of a dull day forecast, but keen to get some exercise, I headed off to cycle around the Greifensee with Michael.
It was definitely a day for long sleeves, and there was even a few drops of rain about 3/4 of the way around the lake, but which fortunately didn't turn into a proper shower. We did the route in reverse for a bit of a change this time with the roadworks nearly complete. This remains one of the better local routes, as evidenced by the number of times we've done it this seasons.
Overall it was a pretty uneventful ride except for the continuing occassional problems with my drive train. It turns out that one of the teeth on my front chainring was bent (no idea how that happened), and was catching sometimes when changing down into lower gears. Temporary fix involving a hammer, but will probably look to replace the chainring at some point.
The trip was about 50km, and a little over 2 hours of pedalling, finishing in El Lokal for a hot drink!
With a brighter afternoon forecast after a dull morning, I headed out to cycle round the Griefensee with Michael. This is the second time we've done this route, and it's quite convenient in terms of distance and cycling mostly on cycle paths or traffic free makes it a very pleasant.
It was only about 10ºC when we set out, but the day had turned nice and warm by the time we finished. Classic spring conditions with a promise of summer to come.We followed mostly the same route as before - just a slight variation for the road works. A second loop of the lake was declined and instead headed back to town for a refreshment in Rio.
All in it's about 50km, and a little over 2 hours of pedalling.
Keen to get out and do something, but with slightly inclement weather in the mountains I decided to headed out to do my favourite loop around Fällanden, Greifensee, Egg, and Pfannensteil.There were roadworks in Fällanden, which closed the main road along the lake. That was fine for me as an early season warm-up ride and I was quite happy to take the slower cycle path rather than the road. The rest of the route was pretty standard, albeit a tiny bit cold on the long descent back into town. All in all it was a good spin, and nice to get out and do a ride.
The 40-ish km, with 570m ascent/descent in broadly in two equal climbs. took me 1hr 45 on this occassion.
With a lovely day forecast and keen to do a bit of a shakedown ride ahead of summer, I headed off around the Greifensee on my road bike.
I met up with Michael in Selnau and we headed north around Milchbuck and then looped around to Fällanden to join cycleroute #29. From there we did one loop of the lake clockwise before retracing our route back to town
The weather was very good - bright and sunny but not too warm. The only downside was the inevitable headwind, but even this was pretty gentle. We kept up a steady pace for a pretty sociable ride to blow sway the cobwebs.
We finished up with a well deserved coffee and refreshment in Rio in the early afternoon, having covered 50.8km in 2hrs 10. The gpx plot of our route is here.