It’s almost the end of the season, but there’s always time for Timo Rokitta to squeeze in one last gravel event in 2021.
At the end of a year when only a few gravel events took place, the organisers of the Nibelungengravelride invited gravel riding fans to their traditional end-of-season ride, the Weinstrassen-Roubaix or WST-RBX.
One week after the professional men’s and women’s Paris-Roubaix bike races took place in October 2021, the final event on the "German Wine Route" was underway.
Almost 40 gravellers started at the "German Wine Gate" in Bockenheim under blue skies and sunshine. It was a good job it was sunny as the temperature was only 8 degrees.
The route showcased the most beautiful cobblestone roads on the "German Wine Route". A total of 10 kilometers of more or less bad cobblestones had to be tackled on the 80-kilometer route.
The second half of the track consisted of up and down hills. Some tricky single trail got the pulse racing.
The gravellers enjoyed beautiful views of the Rhine Valley from the old “Neuleininger Castle”. The last climb was the toughest of the whole route. In the notorious “Wall of Asselheim” – the steepest section is 22%, which forced some to push the bikes.
At the end of the ride, the riders had climbed almost 1500 meters of altitude. All the participants were enthusiastic about the experiences of the day and many said they were already looking forward to next year’s event.
You can see details of the route of the WST-RBX here: