95km for my 37th yearAlbert, with who I rode on Šerák three years ago, called me back after three years. He was going to Stronie Sląskie for the long May weekend and a bit more.
- "Albert, will you bring your Spec Epic ?"
- "I sold it ! I have now a hardtrail 29, an enduro bike and a road bike ! They are all with me at the guesthouse !"
We chose the road bike, since lately I am very much into it. Albert had in his plans a 100km loop in the Śnieżnik area, more precisely around the White Mountains massif. With two major mountain passes on the way, and the two third of the route on the Czech mountainside. The spring was now at its full, with meadows as green and flowery as can be, and the landscapes in this region are awesome. Despite I had a bad cold, I woke up at 5 and we were ready to ride at 8.
The road went up Kladské Sedlo on moderately good asphalt and cold wind. On the other side, the descent was perfect, but again the diversion in the direction of Branna took roads, which despite being amongst the most interesting with views, had average quality of asphalt. Then we joined the main road going North to Javornik. There is a secondary little pass around Ramzova, lowest point separating the Jeseniky and Śnieżnik ranges. This is where we started to Šerák last time.
Then after Javornik we rode back in the direction of Sedlo Travna, which took us back to Lądek Zdrój, and a gruelling way back against the wind, to Stronie Śląskie. Gorgeous ride with more than 1500m of elevation!