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Auf dem Kanapee

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First I would like to thank Anne-Mette and Andreas for their hospitality and help in providing details of the rides in the area.
This is a review of Ride 6 in the Schwabischer Wald it is called Auf dem Kanapee.
The ride begins in the village of Rietenau, you pass by one of the best Bottling Plants for the local mineral water which is naturally sparkling, there are a couple of free springs in the village and you can just help yourself. You go along the road to a Cycle Track on the left where you turn and follow past a couple of farms then drop down to the forest where you take the middle gate directly in front of you. This is without doubt one of the most tiring climbs in the area, it is up a steep forest track with nothing to look at except trees so you soon begin to realise how long it is. From this point you follow the signs through the forest. All of the signs and markers on all of the routes in this area are fantastic, they are all clear and give plenty of warning of direction change before you get to the turn. On the whole 20 km I only missed one turn and that was my own fault for going too fast and having to stop quickly when I came upon a walker right on the junction and I missed the marker because I was avoiding him.
The ride through this first part of the forest is undulating once you have done the climb, for the record I confess I didn't do the climb non stop, you will eventually come to a turn right on to a steeper but shorter tarmac climb where you cross and skirt around a couple of fields of corn, once again superb signposts guide the way. After a section of tarmac cyclepath you have a nice steep doubletrack but keep your eyes and ears open as I had just hurtled down and was at the bottom when a huge tractor towing a slurry tank drove up it, this is obviously one of the local farm shortcuts but it is a great bit of the ride so don't avoid it, just take care. Next is a longish tarmac climb through the village of Altersberg which had been cut of by a landslide when I went through, I just cut through a couple of gardens and back out on to the road, great local people suggesting that, we sure could learn from it in the UK. As you leave Altersberg you turn right just after the Goose Farm and up a long climb again to the top of the mountain where you turn right and follow along a forest track for a good while then down and right into a tricky technical forest section through mud and wet sand with tree roots and trunks with ruts and overhanging branches. In this area be aware of logging operations on weekdays which can result in diversions, they tie a red and white tape across the track and put a sign up so you have no excuse if you get hit by a tree. It is best to go around not under the tape especially as this is Germany and they do not like anyone passing safety barriers under any circumstances, fair enough I say.
Next is the long fast descent all on forest tracks down to Reitenau with the aforementioned junctions this b
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48.988171
Longitude
9.407119
Trail Length
20
Trail Level
Intermediate
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Singletrack & Fire Roads
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Aspach
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Baden-Württemberg
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Review Date
October 7, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Fitzneo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First I would like to thank Anne-Mette and Andreas for their hospitality and help in providing details of the rides in the area.
This is a review of Ride 6 in the Schwabischer Wald it is called Auf dem Kanapee.
The ride begins in the village of Rietenau, you pass by one of the best Bottling Plants for the local mineral water which is naturally sparkling, there are a couple of free springs in the village and you can just help yourself. You go along the road to a Cycle Track on the left where you turn and follow past a couple of farms then drop down to the forest where you take the middle gate directly in front of you. This is without doubt one of the most tiring climbs in the area, it is up a steep forest track with nothing to look at except trees so you soon begin to realise how long it is. From this point you follow the signs through the forest. All of the signs and markers on all of the routes in this area are fantastic, they are all clear and give plenty of warning of direction change before you get to the turn. On the whole 20 km I only missed one turn and that was my own fault for going too fast and having to stop quickly when I came upon a walker right on the junction and I missed the marker because I was avoiding him.
The ride through this first part of the forest is undulating once you have done the climb, for the record I confess I didn't do the climb non stop, you will eventually come to a turn right on to a steeper but shorter tarmac climb where you cross and skirt around a couple of fields of corn, once again superb signposts guide the way. After a section of tarmac cyclepath you have a nice steep doubletrack but keep your eyes and ears open as I had just hurtled down and was at the bottom when a huge tractor towing a slurry tank drove up it, this is obviously one of the local farm shortcuts but it is a great bit of the ride so don't avoid it, just take care. Next is a longish tarmac climb through the village of Altersberg which had been cut of by a landslide when I went through, I just cut through a couple of gardens and back out on to the road, great local people suggesting that, we sure could learn from it in the UK. As you leave Altersberg you turn right just after the Goose Farm and up a long climb again to the top of the mountain where you turn right and follow along a forest track for a good while then down and right into a tricky technical forest section through mud and wet sand with tree roots and trunks with ruts and overhanging branches. In this area be aware of logging operations on weekdays which can result in diversions, they tie a red and white tape across the track and put a sign up so you have no excuse if you get hit by a tree. It is best to go around not under the tape especially as this is Germany and they do not like anyone passing safety barriers under any circumstances, fair enough I say.
Next is the long fast descent all on forest tracks down to Reitenau with the aforementioned junctions this bit is deceptive in that you think you are going slower than you are until you come to a turn, there is plenty of evidence of skid turns at each junction and unfortunately the last bit is part of a popular local walk so once again take care, there are only two places where it can get a bit hairy so enjoy!
All in all the average UK rider would look at this ride in the guide and think there isn't much to it and as I live in North Wales I can assure you I thought exactly that, but in truth it is a very enjoyable experience with plenty of opportunity to explore off the track and get yourself in deep very quickly, it has similarities to much of the Marin Trail at Llanrwst without the rocky sections, but there are still singletracks to be found. I will update this review later when I have explored some additional technical bits but I can recommend it to you as is for a great Sunday Morning Ride.

Recommended Route:
Follow signs

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All Schwabischer Wald MTB Routes



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