For more than 40 years the Gran Fondo Lake of Constance (Bodensee-Radmarathon) has been organised by the Cycling Club RV Altenrhein (CH)
It offers experienced, intermediate (me I think) and beginner cyclists the chance to participate in a fun and picturesque ride around the beautiful Lake Constance.
The cool thing is it offers 6 starting locations and 3 different routes in and through Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with excellent fully catered rider support including sign-posted routes, breakfast and 6 food stops.
The Bronze tour is 60km, Silver is 100km, and Gold is 150km. Current thinking is I’ll go for the 150km as I should be fit as a fiddle by then. Maybe. This is another GF where you can actually change the course as yiu go round so if necessary I can drop to the 100km.
The Silver and Gold routes include a ferry crossing which looks like a good point to take on some nutrition.
I will be starting from Altenrhein where the start / finish is located at the local gym hall, in the middle of the village. Accessible from the autoroute A1, exit Rheineck-Thal, 3 kms to the west; or 4km east of the Rorschach train station. Free parking is available in the Altenrhein Industrial / Commercial Park (sign-posted). Showers / Changing Rooms available in the gymnasium. Bathhouse located near the Start / Ride Through Point. Breakfast from 06:00. I’ll find a local hotel and get an early start.
Entry is a bit complex and there is not system in place like Datasport. Instead you have to make a direct bank transfer into the event’s Swiss or German bank account including
- Name and complete address
- Start Point
- Desired tour (Gold, Silver or Bronze)
- Date of Birth
which is bit finicky if you ask me.
Gear and clothing is available for the event from the online shop.
More information on the event website.