Today was the 22. annual Fahrradsternfahrt in Hamburg. About 30,000 cyclists rode from all directions into the city, took a small detour across the Köhlbrand Bridge and a stretch of Autobahn on the way back across the Elbbrücken to Rathausmarkt for the closing ralley.
A wide range of cycles of any flavor attended.
Cyclists waiting for the police to close the Köhlbrand bridge for the traditional crossing.
A young HPV Scorpion rider with his parents. No scruffy beard, no aero belly, no sandals, not even uncool spectacles! He probably single-handedly cut the average age of us trike riders in half. That ain’t right! I issued a formal complaint to his parents in the name of all recumbent riders.
Waiting in the shadow of a railway bridge for the police to close a stretch of the Autobahn.
AFAIK that is one of only two Catrike Speed in the Hamburg area (this one is owned by my local Baumarkt manager).
At the closing rally at the Rathausmarkt, some of us recumbent riders gathered with the velomobiles in front of the Bucerius Kunst Forum to spread the word of recumbent bliss.
Olaf came with his wife on mountain bikes. Since he did a ride earlier today with his ICE Sprint X and accumulated 800 meters of climbing (in Hamburg!) he was excused.
The range of velomobiles was a good mix with three Quest, a Milan SL, a DF xl, a Velayo and a Go-One Ks. None of the usual Mango’s or Alleweder attended unfortunately.
Michael from R3 rode his battle hardened Quest down from Eckernförde, Benno came from Bremen in his Milan SL and Jörn came with his DF from Winsen.
Afterwards we finished the day with a cool beer at the Großneumarkt…
…where the velomobiles attracted further attention.
I had a great time! All together it was a 72km ride with a 15.7km/h average.
Next time I’ll use some sun blocker, though (outch!).