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100K = Finished!

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Biel, Switzerland 100K = 14:46:59

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I didn't take my camera on Sunday for the cycling trip through the Black Forest, but I found some pictures that will give you somewhat of an idea of the event. The day was organized by the Forchheim, Germany cycling club RSV Concordia 1920 Forchheim e.V. Being my first cycling event I have nothing to compare the trip to, but the event was well organized, the aid stations well stocked and with friendly people, the route itself quite beautiful and challenging. My friends and I chose to ride the 75 km route, there were also 50, 115, and 154 km routes available for other "skill levels".

Starting easy:
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The first aid station at the 25 km point, the route was still flat:
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Upwards through the Black Forest:
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...and up...
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...and would yo believe, up...
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...almost there...
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...chugging to the top:
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Looking down...
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...was the view worth the effort...
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...I think so:
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The trip down the mountain went fast, I wimped out and applied the brakes on the curvy roads at 55 kph (35 mph). Others flew by at scary speeds. But eventually we reached the Concordia clubhouse back at the start and sat down for some food and fun.
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Pictures of Westerwald 50K Race

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I didn't take many pictures, but I found a link to another site that offers a race report in German, but with lots of good pictures of the race:

Race Report from Joe Kelbel

Webpage from Joe (same pictures)

As part of our bicycle tour last Friday we stopped in Bretten, whose historic center still has many timber-framed houses and stores. Here's a picture of the market square from Wikipedia:

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Here's part of the group chillin' in the same square:

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Jack the cyclist:

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My friend Bernd took a few pictures at the Bienwald Marathon on March 8th, here are a few of the better ones:

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Picture 1: LT TSV Graben Running Club Members: Uli, Jack, Andreas and Birgit

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Picture 2: Uli and Jack getting off to a good start

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Picture 3: Andreas at the first aid station

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Picture 4: The infamous long stretch of road that goes on forever

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Picture 5: Jack and Uli shortly before the halfway point.

Fuerth Marathon 2008: A Few Pictures

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The Start:
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Enthusiastic support from our fans (here for the half-marathone runners):
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The first aid station in the park (and every 2 km after this):
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Lots of bridges to cross...
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...and interesting towns...
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...and countryside...
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...and even a few small hills!
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Interesting aid stations, e.g. through the middle of a tent...
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...a culture center...
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...and slowly back to Fuerth.
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Around the last corner...
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...a few more steps...
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...give it all you got...
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...success!
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Pictures of Schoemberg

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I found a few pictures of Schoemberg from a former trip and hike:

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